Twice each year, in the spring and the fall, the Chevy Chase Historical Society sponsors lectures on topics related to local history. These programs are free and open to the public.

Future Events

The History and Mystery of Chevy Chase Lake

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 1:00pm

Join us at our new Archve and Research Center with former director, Gail Sansbury for an illustrated lecture and walking tour of Chevy Chase Lake on April 14 at 1 p.m. at 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1010, Chevy Chase.

In 1892 Rock Creek was dammed to create a lake to generate electricity for the trolley line on Connecticut Avenue that carried residents of the new suburb to their jobs in downtown Washington. But the lake was much more than a trolley hub. For on its banks was the Chevy Chase Lake Amusement Park, owned by the Chevy Chase Land Company from 1894 to 1936.

The park was intended to draw prospective land and home buyers to the company’s new suburban development. With picnic areas, boating, a bandstand, dancing pavilions, a merry-go-round, and other amusements, it was open from late spring through early fall.  During winters, skaters glided over the lake’s frozen surface.


The tour will begin at 1:00 p.m. and conclude by approximately 2:30 p.m. Participants will gather at our new office at 8401 Connecticut Ave., where Sansbury will present an illustrated introduction to the history of the lake and surrounding area. She will then lead the group on a walking tour, pointing out the contours in the land where the lake once stood, and passing other points of reference. Historic photos of the lake and environs from the CCHS archive will be shared to illustrate the “then and now” of these locations. After the walking tour, the group will then return to the Chevy Chase Historical Society Archive and Research Center for refreshments and continued discussion as desired. 

The price for the tour and refreshments is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Space is limited and reservations must be paid for by check in advance. To make a reservation or for further information, please email Mary Sheehan at

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