Blog Post By Jona Elwell

D.C.’s Parks through the Ages: Fort Reno Storymap

It is a massive understatement to say that D.C. and its parks are full of history. While the National Mall is often the site of some of the largest and most memorable historical events, D.C.’s lesser-known but equally well-loved parks are also chocked full of history. 

While inventorying trees with the Urban Forestry Division and updating our Tree Inventory Map we realized that as we discovered, identified, and measured the history of a particular park’s trees, we could also learn about the dynamic history of D.C.’s parks. Couple that with our love of maps and data and voila – introducing our Park Storymaps. We looked at Lincoln Park last week and up next is the high point for many summers, Fort Reno!

At the highest natural point in D.C., Fort Reno was once the largest Civil War fort defending Washington. Watching over River Road and Rockville Pike, its arsenal could rain down fire on Arlington and far into Bethesda. In the following centuries, this space transitioned from a neighborhood to a thriving green space with more than 150 trees!

Check out the Fort Reno Storymap below!

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