Introduction to Takoma Park, Maryland
Takoma Park History
Takoma Park, the first planned commuter suburb, was founded in 1883 by Benjamin Franklin Gilbert. The city was established along the Metropolitan Branch of Baltimore and Ohio railroad. It was officially incorporated into the state in 1890. Takoma Park is also known as "Azalea City," as many of its early residents were horticulturists; notable among them was B.Y. Morrison, who was instrumental in calling the community Azalea City. As of now, a major portion of the old Takoma Park is located within the Takoma Park Historic District.
Takoma Park and nearby Attractions
- Thomas Siegler Carriage House Museum
- Arlington House
- Algonkian Regional Park
- Antietam National Battlefield
- Franciscan Monastery
- National Zoological Park
Things To Do In Takoma Park
The area is home to a number of museums such as the Thomas Siegler Carriage House Museum, Airmen Memorial Museum, and Agricultural History Farm Park. The Algonkian Regional Park includes an 18-hole golf course. Nearby are the National Zoological Park, Franciscan Monastery, and Antietam National Battlefield. In addition, the city holds annual celebrations such as the Folk Festival in September, the Jazz Fest in June, and the Street Festival in October.
Takoma Park Transportation
The closest airport to the city is the Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
Takoma Park Higher Education
Higher education is available at Takoma Park are University of Maryland-University College, Catholic University of America, and Georgetown University.