The Chevy Chase Historical Society sponsors two public lectures each year on topics related to local history. When possible, CCHS also organizes History-Go-Round tours, often related to recent lectures. While CCHS lectures are free and open to all, there is a nominal fee for our History-Go-Round tours to cover refreshments, and reservations are required.

Future Events

The Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C.

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 4:00pm
Architectural historian Kim Prothro Williams will tell the fascinating tale of life in the region before it became the seat of national government when she presents CCHS' Spring Lecture, "The Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C." at the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 10.
"East Branch of Potomac R. Washington," Augustus Kollner, 1839
Library of Congress

The discovery of a springhouse from a mid-1800s farm two blocks off Wisconsin Avenue launched Williams on a search for other remnants of Washington’s rural past. After much effort and research, she and her team from the D.C. Historic Preservation Office identified some 84 structures that have survived to tell the tale of rural Washington. Williams new book, Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C., details the history of the owners of these remaining buildings, sheds light on now-demolished buildings, and relates how the new capital area grew, including the role of slavery and the devastation of the Civil War.   

A reception will follow the lecture, and light refreshments will be served. Copies of Williams' book will be available for sale and signing by the author. Prior to the lecture, CCHS will host a brief annual meeting at which the membership will elect directors-at-large.  Questions concerning the program may be directed to CCHS at or 301-656-6141.



Mansion at Strathmore Tour and Tea

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:00am

Upcoming History-Go-Round

Mansion at Strathmore Tour and Tea

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 11:00 am

Reserve Now – Space is limited!

Join us for a tour of the Mansion at Strathmore followed by tea in the Strathmore Tea Room!


Did you know that the imposing, gated mansion on Chevy Chase Circle and the Mansion at Strathmore were once owned by two brothers, Charles and William Corby? And that they made their fortunes by baking bread and developing bakery technology that revolutionized the industry?

By special arrangement, Strathmore docents will lead us through the historic home, once the manor house of Charles Corby’s 400-acre farm. The mansion now serves Montgomery County as a multi-disciplinary arts center and intimate performance venue. Following the tour, participants will enjoy tea in the former music room of the mansion, where the pipes from Charles Corby's full pipe organ are still visible. Pianist Bob Gold, a Strathmore favorite, will perform background music during the tea.

Participants will gather at Strathmore at 11:00 am and the tour will begin shortly thereafter. After the tour, participants will have a brief time to view the current art exhibition in the mansion or visit the gift shop. Tea will begin at 1:00 pm. A tea specially blended for Strathmore will be served with a light lunch of tea sandwiches, pastries, and other savories and sweets.

The price for the tour and tea is $30. Space is limited and reservations must be paid for in advance. Directions to the meeting point at Strathmore will be provided to all registrants. Participants must provide their own transportation and free parking is available on the ground of the mansion.

To make a reservation or get further information, email or call the CCHS Archive and Research Center at 301-656-6141.


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