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Walking Tour of Historical Olde Greenbelt




The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Greenbelt, MD
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Nov 19 2005  10:00 am
Registration Opens: Sun, Oct 30 2005 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Nov 13 2005 12:59 pm
Event Duration:3 hours (+/-)
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Organizer(s):
Beverly Hoeftman
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:5
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
Like many area residents, you've probably heard of Greenbelt, but remain unaware of the history that lies beyond the exit signs you've sped past so many times.

Join the MOC on an easy trip around of one of America's oldest planned communities, and see how it was founded, built, and developed into today's mini-metropolis.

Greenbelt, Maryland was built from the ground up as part of FDR's New Deal. Intended to create jobs for construction workers, the project also provided affordable housing for lower-income families in a new and almost utopian way. The homes were part of a complete city that also included businesses, schools, government offices, and recreational facilities, all connected by traffic-free walkways. Initially populated with carefully chosen civic-minded "pioneers", the social experiment survived McCarthy Era accusations of socialism to become the thriving active community, which it remains today.

We'll meet in the Greenbelt Community Center, which houses a permanent photo exhibit chronicling the city's construction and settlement. After viewing "Living the Healthy Life: Sports, Health and Fitness in the New Deal Era," an exhibit of health issues and recreational equipment the era, we'll head to the Greenbelt Museum for a guided tour. The original International Style house, one of the town's earliest structures, provides a view of the home life of ordinary Americans of modest means. The house is outfitted with furniture and objects typical of the New Deal era. Many of the artifacts, including Fiestaware, toys, and depression glass were originally bought and used by Greenbelt citizens in their daily lives, and later donated to the Museum. The Museum tour will also include a walk featuring some of the other historic homes in the neighborhood. Please note that there is a $2.00 admission fee to enter the museum.

After the museum portion of the tour, we'll head to Buddy Attick Lake Park (named for the city's first director of Public Works). There, a dirt/cinder loop trail will take us around Greenbelt Lake, where ducks and herons are common, and beavers and muskrats are occasionally spotted. The trail is 1.25 miles in length and is mostly smooth with few roots or bumps.

Exiting the park, we'll pass through Roosevelt Center, which features restaurants, shops, and the Greenbelt Theater. Then, in anticipation of our optional lunch stop at Beijing Greenbelt, we'll work off some calories with a 2-3 mile loop through the protected woods that give the city its name.

Required Items to Bring:
Comfortable shoes
- Water
- $2 for museum admission
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Extra cash for optional lunch

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From DC:
Take New York Avenue (Rte 50) out of town, East toward Maryland. Stay on this until you get to the Baltimore Washington Parkway (Rte 295); stay to the left to merge onto the Parkway. Stay on the Parkway for about 4 miles.
Pass the exits for I-495 - first toward Richmond & then Baltimore. Immediately after the Baltimore exit, get off at the exit for Greenbelt Rd (Rte 193).
At the end of the ramp, stay to the far right (do not go to the traffic light), just hang to the right. The ramp loops around and turns into Southway. (It will look like you're getting back on the Parkway, but you are not.) You're basically making a big circle, but coming out above the Parkway.
Move to the far-left lane and continue straight on Southway.
Go straight through the stop light, and the first 4 way stop (Ridge Rd).
Turn left onto Crescent Rd at the second 4-way stop sign.
Immediately after you turn left, you will turn right into the Community Center parking lot.
Enter the building through the doors on its side.

From Baltimore
Take the Baltimore Washington Parkway south to the exit for Greenbelt Rd (Rte 193). At the end of the ramp, veer right onto Southway. (Most traffic follows the signs toward Greenbelt Rd - just ignore all that.)
Move to the far-left lane and continue straight on Southway.
Go straight through the stop light, and the first 4 way stop (Ridge Rd).
Turn left onto Crescent Rd at the second 4-way stop sign.
Immediately after you turn left, you will turn right into the Community Center parking lot.
Enter the building through the doors on its side.

Notes:
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