As you probably know, our neighborhood got its name when the land formerly owned by Colonel Jehiel Brooks started being developed into a formal neighborhood after the Civil War. The first subdivision of the Brooks Estate was recorded with the District of Columbia Surveyor in September 1887, which means this month marks the 125th Anniversary of the neighborhood of Brookland. This Saturday, Sept 29th, there will be a celebration of this milestone. This promises to be a real home-grown event, and I can’t wait. Here is a rundown of events:
10:00 Parade down 12th St. featuring Brookland kids, Langdon Dog Park Assn. dogs, the Greater Brookland Garden Club, (maybe a fire truck!) and more. The parade will start at 12th and Franklin and end at Turkey Thicket Rec Center (1100 Michigan Avenue, N.E.)
11:00 – 1:00 Picnic provided by the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) , The Greater Brookland Garden Club, The Greater Brookland Business Association and the The Michigan Park Citizens Association. It is suggested that folks bring a blanket and are welcome to contribute a prepared dish. The picnic will be at the Turkey Thicket playground. There will be a moon bounce and other fun activities.
11:00 – 1:00 Tree Tour of the Brook’s Mansion Grounds by Casey Trees. Meet at the Mansion, 901 Newton St NE, and learn about the trees found on these historic Mansion grounds including pines, spruce, and southern magnolias. Register at the link above.
1:30 – 3:00 Walkingtown DC Tour of Brookland, focusing on the development of its black middle-class and will explore Brookland’s famous African-American luminaries. The tour meets and ends at St. Anthony’s School, (3400 12th St., NE). No reservations needed, but the tour will be cancelled if it rains.