Monday, June 27, 2011

World's Largest Acorn & Other Amazing Sites

Yesterday I conducted a free walking tour of south Silver Spring as part of the 14th Annual Montgomery County Heritage Days WeekendAbout a dozen engaged and interested participants attended which was a really nice antidote to recent criticisms expended about SSHS's historic preservation efforts.  Here are a few photographs taken by George French.  As always thanks George!

I hereby proclaim this structure WORLD'S LARGEST ACORN
(pay no attention to Raleigh, North Carolina's claim)!  Located
in Acorn Park, corner of East-West Highway & Newell Street,
this gazebo was constructed circa 1850 by Benjamin C. King at
the bequest of Silver Spring founder Francis Preston Blair for
his wife Eliza Gist Blair.

Directly across from the Acorn Gazebo is the "birthplace" of Silver Spring, the original
spring discovered by Francis Preston Blair in 1840 (courtesy of his horse Selim). 
Blair began construction of his country estate Silver Spring nearby in 1842 which
 led to the growth of our community.  No, the water is not from the spring,
which ceased flowing about 70 years ago, but WSSC tap water!

Across from Acorn Park is the 1946 Canada Dry Bottling Plant, designed by New York City
industrial architect Walter Monroe Cory whose motto was "Factories CAN be beautiful."
The bottling plant closed in 1999 an reopened in 2005 as the Silverton Condominiums
(although everyone I've ever talked to who resides there say they live in "Canada Dry").


Anonymous said...

Your tour looks like fun! When will you lead it again, so perhaps I can join you?

Silver Spring: Then and Again said...

Walking Tour to Silver Spring's Original "Silver" Spring
Saturday, August 6, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join Silver Spring Historical Society president Jerry A. McCoy on a walking tour to the spring after which our community was named and other historic sites surrounding the B & O RR Station. McCoy is the author of Historic Silver Spring (2005) and Downtown Silver Spring (2010), both by Arcadia Publishing. Cost $5.00. Information (301) 537-1253.

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Station
8100 Georgia Avenue (at Sligo Avenue)
Silver Spring, MD