Archive for Old Soldiers' Home

Lincoln’s Cottage on NPR’s Morning Edition

Posted in Park View, Petworth, Presidents with tags , , on July 20, 2009 by Kent

NPR’s Morning Edition had a story on President Lincoln and the Lincoln Cottage this morning. You can read or listen to the segment here>>

While this historic site and the Soldiers’ Home where it is located is presently located between North Capitol Street and the neighborhoods of Petworth and Park View, it is hard to imagine that during Lincoln’s time the entire area was wilderness.

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This Date in History

Posted in July with tags , , on July 18, 2009 by Kent

July 18, 1910: The following band programmes were scheduled at the Old Soldiers’ Home and the Washington Barracks.
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Fence Repair at Old Soldiers’ Home Continues

Posted in Petworth with tags , on July 13, 2009 by Kent

Following up on my earlier post that the Old Soldiers’ Home is finally repairing their fence that was struck by a car on July 4, 2008, yesterday workers were on site installing the fence itself. Fence Repair at Old Soldiers' Home
Fence Repair at Old Soldiers' Home

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Old Soldiers’ Home Repairing Fence

Posted in Petworth, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents with tags , , , on July 3, 2009 by Kent

Old Soldiers' Home fence repairOne day shy of a year, the fence is being repaired at the Old Soldiers’ Home along Rock Creek Church Rd.

On the evening of July 4th, 2008, a SUV lost control and hit the fence. Until now, it’s been nothing but a pile of scattered brick and bent ironwork.

Old Soldiers' Home Fence repairI noticed the iron fencing is gone. I presume it is being straightened and restored for installation.

But, the stone and brickwork is currently being restored. In talking with the guys from P and P, they had to rebuild everything because the mortor was no longer holding.

From what I saw of their work, it is very good and historically accurate.

I thought it was also a good sign to see P and P doing the work. They have a good reputation in town and generally do good work from what I’ve seen and heard.P and P

This Date in History

Posted in June with tags , on June 23, 2009 by Kent

June 23, 1954: The Soldiers’ Home governor, Gen. Wade Haislip, and seven church and community organizations testified in opposition to sale of liquor within half a mile of the Soldiers’ Home.Old Soldiers' Home

This Date in History

Posted in June, Park View with tags , , on June 16, 2009 by Kent

June 16, 1918: The Post reported that the Park View Citizens’ Association would sponsor the Fourth of July celebration in Park view that year. The use of the Soldiers’ Home grounds had been granted for the occasion with a location near the lakes being selected and an all-day program arranged.Soldiers' Home Lake

A Lesser Known Building at Soldiers’ Home

Posted in Petworth with tags , on May 29, 2009 by Kent

Administration Building Soldiers' HomeThe Italianate Renaissance Revival style building that is currently used as the Visitor Education Center for President Lincoln’s Cottage on the grounds of the Old Soldiers Home was originally constructed in 1905 as part of the Soldiers’ Home complex.

President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public on Presidents’ Day, 2008, and in addition to providing gift shop, introductory film area, and exhibition space, the building incorporates administration space for the Trust administering the historic site.

While the highlight of a visit is surely Lincoln’s Cottage, I did enjoy some of the architectural details of the visitor center as well.
Lincoln's Cottage Visitor Center
Lincoln's Cottage Visitor Center