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Enjoy a fun day as you visit the Jesup Blair Park and Blair House. The Jesup Blair park is spread across 14.5 acres (5.867942 hectares) of land and is known for multiple picnic areas. The scenic park features soccer fields, tennis and basketball courts and a playground area. Situated in the park is the historic Blair House which was built in 1850s. This house boasts of a beautiful Greek Revival architecture with a tinge of Federal architecture designs, and reflects the lifestyle of the region during that era.
Named for its acorn-shaped pavilion, the Acorn Park is a city park that was originally built by Francis Preston Blair in 1840. It was part of his estate and contains a spring with water containing mica, that gave it a silver color. This 'silver spring' in fact led to the city being named after it! A tiny park, just 0.12 acres (0.0485623 hectares), the Acorn Park can easily go unnoticed amidst the tall building surrounding it. There is an artificial cave here, as well.
Spread across 16.3 acres (6.596376 hectares) of land, Nolte Local Park is a great family outing spot. This park features multiple basketball, baseball and softball fields. In addition to this, it features picnic spots, playgrounds and a recreation center for you to spend a fun day with your loved ones.
The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a famous socialite and founder of General Foods. The 40-room mansion dates back to the 1920s and houses a huge collection of art, jewelry and other artifacts that belong to her. View rare Faberge eggs, historic portraits, exquisite tapestries and pieces of china. Walk through the landscaped gardens and enjoy the colorful flowers and plants.
Washington DC's Rock Creek Park is elegantly bestowed by the historical Peirce Mill. The mill is one of the foremost gristmills in the region, and is currently under the purview of National Park Service. Currently, this mill is a living museum that reflects the American economy prevalent in the 1820s era.
The prominent 19th-century architect John Russell Pope, responsible for many notable homes and memorials in Washington, also designed Woodend, the Georgian mansion that currently houses the Audubon Society. Visitors may tour the home, visit its extensive exhibit of North American birds and browse its well-stocked bookstore. Outside, explore the 40 acres of wooded grounds, including a pond, meadows and a well-marked nature trail. Call to get information on the special events and activities sponsored here. Environmental education programs are available for all ages.
This basilica, the largest Roman Catholic church in the Western Hemisphere, was dedicated in 1959. The architecture of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a mix of Romanesque and Byzantine styles. The Great Upper Church boasts fantastic mosaics, stained glass windows and individual chapels. The lower level Crypt Church is smaller and darker, but equally impressive in atmosphere and ornamentation. The basilica has a bookstore, gift shop and cafeteria.