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Memorial Day Wreath Laying And Cemetery Tours At Old Soldiers Home And Lincoln’s Cottage

Lincoln cottage old soldiers home memorial day flagHere is a great way to commemorate Memorial Day- and just around the corner from Brookland. Sign up here for guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery and experience a wreath laying ceremony. The cemetery was visited by President Abraham Lincoln, and is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868. Both the tours and the wreath laying are free.

  • The wreath laying ceremony will be at John Logan Mausoleum at 10:00 am.
  • The cemetery tours will be at 10:45 am and 12:30 pm and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes

From the event page:

Registrants are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln’s Cottage 30 minutes prior to each scheduled event, so that Cottage staff can lead them over to the nearby Soldiers’ Home Cemetery.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

July 4th – Fireworks At Old Soldier’s Home And Backyard BBQ At Brookland Pint

Looking for something local and fun to do for the  Independence Day holiday? Check out the celebration at the nearby Old Soldier’s/Armed Forces Retirement Home this Saturday, July 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The festival is hosted by Friends of the Soldier’s Home and will feature lots of activities including: music, softball, food trucks, beer, and children’s activities and of course,  fireworks. Check out the event flyer below for more information.

july-4th-afrh-2015For those who prefer to spend their holiday indoors, check out this event at Brookland Pint -they will be smoking a whole pig! The event will be from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and will be a fundraiser for Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in D.C.

Spring Fling At The Old Soldier’s Home This Saturday – Family Fun, Food Trucks And More

Looking for something local and fun to do this weekend? Check out the Spring Fling at the nearby Old Soldier’s/Armed Forces Retirement Home this Saturday, May 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is hosted by Friends of the Soldier’s Home and will feature lots of activities including: live music, food trucks, and children’s games and activities. Check out the event flyer below for more information.

old soldiers spring fling

80 Acre Development Slated For Nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home

The southeastern portion of the campus would be developed. (AFRH)
The grey shaded area (“A”-southeast parcel), will be solicited for development. Diagram courtesy of the Armed Forced Retirement Home.

Yesterday we learned that the General Services Administration will issue a request for proposals to build out an 80 acre plot on the property of the nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home (also known as the Old Soldiers’ Home). The 272 acre federally owned property  provides over 400 units of independent living for military retirees. Income from the development will go towards funding the retirement home.  According to this story in the Washington Post:

Next month the Old Soldiers’ Home, as it is often referred, will begin seeking a private partner capable of developing up to 80 acres of its campus, located between North Capitol Street to the east, Rock Creek Church Road and Park Place to the west and Irving Street to the south.

The home’s master plan calls for an entire neighborhood’s worth of housing, offices, medical facilities, retail and a hotel in the southeastern corner of the property. In all, it calls for 4.3 million square feet of development…

Assuming this development moves forward, it will easily be one of the biggest developments in the city. The GSA hopes to pick a developer by the fall of 2015. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Old Soldiers Home Is Soliciting Developers For 80 Acres On AFRH Campus

Image courtesy of AFRH website.

The Washington Business Journal reported on Monday, that the Armed Forces Retirement Home just north of Irving and west of North Capital Street initiated another attempt to solicit developers for about a third of their 272 acre campus. AFRH set up a website to provide more detailed information as well as a promotion video for interested developers. Here an excerpt:

The AFRH has identified approximately an 80 acre Development Area on the southeast portion of the campus for private-sector development.   An approved Master Plan was completed in 2008 that was endorsed by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was completed in 2007.  The AFRH now wants to move forward aggressively with private-sector development of this area.

Located on 272 acres in Northwest Washington DC, the AFRH is close to Catholic University, Trinity Washington University, Howard University, Children’s National Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, the National Rehabilitation Hospital, the Washington Hospital Center and the National Zoo. The Home is within a few miles of four Metro stations, providing access to the Red, Yellow and Green lines with active development and investment opportunities occurring in adjacent communities due to strong demand fundamentals along Georgia Avenue, North Capitol Street and New York Avenue.

AFRH hosted an Industry Day for the private sector yesterday on location to provide more information and the opportunity for questions. A previous plan to develop part of the campus fell apart in 2009 after the contracted developer filed for bankruptcy.

First Annual Freedom 5K XC At President Lincoln’s Cottage This Saturday

Freedom 5K XC Logo Courtesy of Old Soldiers Home
Freedom 5K XC Logo Courtesy of President Lincoln’s Cottage 

Thanks to reader Peter, who passed along info about a cross country 5K happening right around the corner from our neighborhood this Saturday, September 27th. From President Lincoln’s Cottage website:

The Freedom 5K XC, a unique cross country event open to the general public, provides a rare opportunity for runners and walkers alike to race on the 250-acre Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus, where President Lincoln and his family resided during his presidency. The race traverses the picturesque AFRH grounds, on roads and paths that wind past ponds, woods, and fields. As a cross country-style course, the running surface will include paved and unpaved pathways. The run culminates at President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” where Lincoln developed his seminal document in our country’s ongoing struggle for freedom.

Register on line here. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road in NW.

Soldiers Home Family Festival This Saturday – Food Trucks, Live Jazz, DC Brau, Games And More!

Logo courtesy of the Friends of the Soldiers Home
Logo courtesy of the Friends of the Soldiers Home

Looking for something local, free and fun to do this weekend? Check out the Family Festival at the nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home this Saturday, May 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The festival is hosted by Friends of the Soldier’s Home and will feature:

  • Live Jazz Performances
  • Carnival Games & Prizes (Bocce/Volleyball/Football Toss/Horse Shoes/Baseball Throw/Golf Putting Mats and More)
  • A  Walking Tour of the Grounds at 2pm with Brookland’s own Mary Pat Rowan
  • Toy Boat Races on the Pond
  • Food Trucks (Captain Cookie and the Milk Man, The Big Cheese, and DC Ballers)
  • Beer from DC Brau

The event is free and you are welcome to bring your picnic baskets but dogs are not invited. There will be limited parking for a $5 donation. The festival will take place on the Lower Grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home at Rock Creek Church Road and Randolph St NW. This event is rain or shine.