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Freedom 5K and Family Day Coming to Soldiers’ Home

August 30, 2017

I know many people are already beginning to think about the long Labor Day weekend, so here is something to look forward to when you get back!

From the Lincoln’s Cottage folks:

On Saturday, September 16th President Lincoln’s Cottage is hosting its fourth annual Freedom 5K at the Cottage. For one day only the grounds of the Old Soldiers’ home are open to the public to walk, jog, and run. It’s 250 acres of pastoral scenery, past fields, ponds, and old historic homes.

Here’s more information on the race: https://potomac.enmotive.com/events/register/59417db6-93f4-4ad0-92cc-421c5206f5f9

This year we’re combining our two fall events, the Freedom 5K and family day, into one full day called Homecoming. The Freedom 5K kicks off Homecoming (9am) and from 10am-3pm the grounds of President Lincoln’s Cottage welcomes families to enjoy a day full of FREE activities! The activities include:

  • Explore a Civil War Encampment: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards.
  • Pony Rides: It’s no secret Tad Lincoln loved keeping pets on the grounds. Ride a pony around Lincoln’s front lawn.
  • Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans, your family tree and create your own Lincoln top hat!
  • Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn.
  • Story hour, music & more!
  • Tour the Cottage: Take a guided tour of the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat.

For more information: http://www.lincolncottage.org/homecoming/

For questions, email: info(at)lincolncottage.org

For 5K specific questions, email: freedom5K(at)lincolncottage.org

Gardens Plots Available This Season at the Soldiers’ Home

April 4, 2017

Gardening at the old Soldiers’ Home.

Love to garden and volunteer?

The Community-Resident Garden at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) has garden space available!

The garden provides AFRH Residents and individuals from the surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to garden, build friendships, and have fun. The Friends of the Soldiers Home manages the garden in partnership with the AFRH.

Joining the garden entails a volunteer commitment of four hours per month and annual dues of $25. Volunteer duties include mowing the common areas of the garden and helping Residents to plant and weed their gardens.

Community garden plots for new gardeners in 2017 are about 15 feet by 30 feet and are available for growing vegetables and flowers for family and friends (not for commercial use).

Come join us!

For more information contact Sarah Bohl at sarahtrelle(at)gmail(dot)com

2016 DCCX Provided at Great Time for All

October 24, 2016

2016 DCCX

The 2016 DC Cyclocross races were held this past Saturday and Sunday at the old Soldiers’ Home. As with past years, the course was in the area of the two ponds just east of Park Road. While the weather was a little chilly and definitely windy on Saturday, the cyclists has great weather otherwise. I’ve provided two brief videos of one of my favorites sections of the course below.

 

 

2016 DC Cyclocross Happening This Weekend at the Soldiers’ Home

October 19, 2016

2011 DC Cyclocross(Competitors at the 2011 Cyclocross event)

Its October and the time of year when the annual DC Cyclocross (DCCX) races are run on the grounds of the old Soldiers’ Home. The races will be this Saturday and Sunday with races beginning at 8:15 am. The full schedule is below.

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Fall Fun Fest at Old Soldiers’ Home This Sunday, October 2nd

September 29, 2016

The Friends of the Soldiers Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be hosting their Fall Fun Fest this Sunday, October 2nd. The event runs all day with a variety of events to choose from. The full flyer is below.

fall-fun-fest-2016

Century Old Photos of the Soldiers’ Home Lakes

August 24, 2016

Recently I came across the following two photos of the lower Lake at the Soldier’ Home. The lakes are located just east of the no closed Park Road gate. Judging from the other photos in the collection, I believe the images date to around 1913. I especially like the geese/ducks/swans on the water and the houses on the small island for them.

soldiers home lake

soldiers home lake

The Tiber Creek Seeps Are Active If You Want to See Them

June 15, 2016

I’ve posted about Tiber Creek before, and how a few of the seeps that are located just inside the Soldiers’ Home’s fence along the Rock Creek Church Road are still visible if you know what you are looking for. Right now they are active and you can see the water draining into the brick gutter that was created years ago to drain the water down towards the pond near the old Park Road gate to the southwest.

Below are two short videos showing two of the three active seeps.


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