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Ridge Line to Red Line Bethesda Walking Tour
Saturday, June 26, 2021, 9:30 AM until 11:30 AM
Ridge Line to Red Line -- 200 Years in the Life of downtown Bethesda. Was there really a Civil War Battle of Bethesda? How much of Bethesda's history survives amidst the high rises that line Wisconsin Avenue? The answers are (a) yes; and (b) more than you probably think. Hank Levine, head of the Heritage Trail and Tour committee of the Bethesda Historical Society, will lead a tour for BMAV exploring Bethesda's past and learning how and why our town came to be what it is today.
RSVPS are limited to 12.
Meet at 9:30 am on the plaza in front of the Chevy Chase Trust complex. This is on the north side of East West Highway where it runs into Wisconsin Avenue. If you’re driving, the Waverly Street garage is 2 blocks away. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes – we’ll cover about 1 ½ miles over the course of 1 ½ to 2 hours. We will be outdoors virtually the entire time, but please wear a mask. We’ll be looking at 11" X 14" pictures as we walk; bring glasses if applicable.
We will be stopping at Panera in the middle of the tour so you can use the bathroom and get a drink and/or snack, but feel free to bring water.
We’ll walk up Wisconsin as far as the Bethesda Theatre; down as far as the C&P Building near Trader Joe’s; and end at the plaza in front of Ourisman Honda where the Crescent Trail crosses Bethesda Avenue.
There’s a lot of interesting stuff to see and talk about, and I’ll try to move off of Wisconsin when possible, but expect some traffic noise and a couple of construction sites [welcome to downtown Bethesda in 2021].
Rain date June 27.