Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail celebrates a DC community that started as a tiny Maryland village centered around John Tennally’s tavern, years before George Washington chose the site of the Nation’s Capital. Take a leisurely walk through a neighborhood rooted in deep family ties that also boasts unique contributions to DC and national history.
Top of the Town, Cultural Tourism DC's 11th Neighborhood Heritage Trail, consists of 19 poster-sized, illustrated signs. As you walk, neighborhood stories and historic images combine to help you visualize the neighborhood as it was, bringing history to life at each stop. The trail is self-guided and designed to be taken at your own pace. For most walkers, the complete tour will provide about two hours of gentle exercise. The first sign is located at Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street, just south of the West exit of the Tenleytown-AU station on Metro’s Red line.
Walkers are encouraged to extend their experience of the community, sampling neighborhood character, businesses, and restaurants along the way.
Read about the Tenleytown Neighborhood Heritage Trail launch.
For more information, email us at Trail@CulturalTourismDC.org or call 202-661-7581.
From rural beginnings to the bustling neighborhood it has become, Tenleytown has combined the transience of Washington’s workforce with a surprising number of multi-generational native Washingtonians. The quiet, tree-lined streets just off the major thoroughfares are reminiscent of the area's "suburban" past and show few signs of the urban bustle only a few blocks away. But don't be fooled by the sleepy pulse of its residential areas; Tenleytown is also a major player in local and national events. Home to American University, numerous schools and churches, two television stations, and one radio studio, Tenleytown plays host to the nation without ever losing its small-town charm.
In Tenleytown, you'll find a neighborhood that strikes a delightful balance between modern amenities and time-honored sensibility.
Enjoy these neighborhood highlights as you walk:
The Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail guidebook are available for free at the following local merchants and organizations:
Cultural Tourism DC initiated the District of Columbia Neighborhood Heritage Trails program with two goals in mind: helping visitors find their way around Washington's historic neighborhoods and promoting community pride.
Each trail is conceived with the active involvement of neighborhood organizations and residents.
Top of the Town: Tenleytown Heritage Trail is a project of Cultural Tourism DC in collaboration with the Tenleytown Heritage Trail Working Group, Carolyn Long, chair, the Tenleytown Historical Society, and the Tenleytown Neighbors Association. Carole Abrams Kolker served as community historian. Design by Karol A. Keane Design, with map by Bowring Cartographic.
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"The Heritage Trails which you create are such gifts to DC.
H Street NE will be enhanced immeasurably by the addition of its guiding signposts of the past and point us towards the future."