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Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Young Boaters in Chevy Chase Lake
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Thornapple Street Newspaper
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Reservoir Hike September 3, 1916
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Maryland Man and Woman on horseback with dogs riding to Fox Hunt
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Thomas Fisher Map of Chevy Chase
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Streetcar
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Fourth of July Parade with Isiah Leggett
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
 Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs

Welcome

In 1890, a new kind of neighborhood began to take shape on former farmland at the edge of Washington, D.C.  The modern planned community of Chevy Chase, Maryland was designed to take advantage of a revolutionary mode of rapid transit: the streetcar.  This electric-powered conveyance made commuting from a home in the country to work in the nation’s capital fast, easy and convenient.  Residents of Chevy Chase enjoyed the best of both worlds – and they made the most of each!

Today’s residents and members of the Chevy Chase Historical Society protect and treasure the character of their community while they welcome the best aspects of the future.  We welcome you to join us – and to explore our history.



   

School Photographs and Children’s Newspapers

 Our collection of class photographs of students at Chevy Chase Elementary School is growing, thanks to the kind donations of alumni.  Please let us know if you have school photos that you would like to donate to CCHS for our collection.

And if you are interested in yearbooks, we have lists for both Leland Junior High HERE and Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School HERE.  (Just click on the links.) Take a look at the lists and let us know if you would like to donate a copy that we do not already have in our collection.

The children in this photograph were students at Chevy Chase Elementary, then known as Rosemary.  Those standing in the front row were also well-known in the neighborhood as the writers/publishers of the Thornapple Street News.  Read all about their newspaper HERE.
 

Chevy Chase School Children, c. 1930.
TOP ROW: Garwood Chamberlain, Bill Pennington (Taylor St.), Fritz Esch; and Fritz Esch’s sister; MIDDLE ROW: Bob Insley (Meadow Lane), Charles Curtis (Virgilia Street), Don Tucker; BOTTOM ROW:  Larry Williams, Leonard Williams, Dixie Fowler (Thornapple Street), unknown.  Gift of David Orem.  CCHS 2008.140.09.

 


 

 

The Chevy Chase Historical Society takes no position on ANC 3G (Chevy Chase, DC) Commissioner Gary Thompson’s recent proposal to rename the fountain in Chevy Chase Circle. Nor do we refute or deny any of Francis Newlands’ racist words or actions that are a matter of public record and have been well-documented over the years.  CCHS’s sole interest in this matter is to help residents and decision-makers access the most accurate and authoritative information on the topic. In that spirit, we have prepared a letter commenting on Mr. Thompson’s proposal, correcting certain factual errors in his proposed Resolution, and placing Senator Newlands in historical context. We invite the public to read that letter by clicking HERE.  And we encourage everyone interested in additional information to visit the CCHS Archive and Research Center (address and hours below). 

 




For a list of the 2014 Annual Gala Sponsors,
please click HERE.

 

Visit the CCHS Archive and Research Center

Lower Level of the Chevy Chase Library, 8005 Connecticut Avenue. Chevy Chase, MD

Open every Tuesday, between 10am to 2pm, without an appointment.
For other days and times, please call or email us to make an appointment -- we don't want to miss you!

 

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is supported in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County