Walking through history

by Diana Kohn

More than 35 hearty souls turned out on a drizzly Sunday morning to explore the history of Old Takoma as part of Walkingtown DC’s weekend of free walking tours May 22 and 23.

Led by Diana Kohn, the group stopped at a series of historic sites to hear the tales behind the founding of Washington DC’s first suburb. Landmarks included the Bliss House on Maple Avenue, built in 1888.


Dr. D.W. Bliss, who cared for President Garfield as he lay dying from
an assassin’s bullet, used the money he received for his services to
pay for the house. A close inspection of the exterior reveals that the
brick-like appearance is actually wood carved to resemble brick.

The tour concluded at the Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church to
view the sanctuary and to learn details of the Adventists move from
Battle Creek, Michigan, to Takoma Park in 1904. Those who missed the
weekend, sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC, can catch the next offering
September 25 and 26.

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Photo by Julie Wiatt

Wet history buffs stopped by the Bliss House on a tour led by Diana Kohn.

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About the Author

Diana Kohn
Diana Kohn is president of Historic Takoma, Inc., which is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the heritage of both Takoma Park MD and DC. Diana is co-author of Images of America: Takoma Park, a photo history of the town.