Tuesday, September 04, 2012
H Street History Trail Launches September 15th
Chances are that you've noticed those snazzy new informational signs popping up on, and around, H Street. These are part of Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail. This history trail was a multi-year effort, and required lots of research. Here's more info about it from Cultural Tourism DC.
Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail invites you to follow the tracks of history through the working-class neighborhoods that formed around Washington’s Union Station. Take in the Beaux-Arts grandeur of Union Station and the National Postal Museum, then wind your way through the row houses that sheltered railroad porters and engineers, community and spiritual leaders, and immigrant entrepreneurs. See the place where the football huddle was invented and witness H Street’s most recent renewal, spurred by the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
Hub, Home, Heart: Greater H Street NE Heritage Trail consists of 18 illustrated signs that take you through yesterday’s baseball stadiums, breweries, and convents. It is Washington, DC’s 13th Official Walking Trail. The first sign is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and First Street, NE, across from the Union Station Metro entrance. Because the trail can be walked in any order, you can also find it at the NoMa-Gallaudet U (New York Ave) station on the Red line, or ride the X2 Metrobus to H and 3rd Street, NE. The trail is 3.2 miles long and offers approximately two hours of gentle exercise.
The self-guided tour treks east from Union Station along F Street NE before turning north up Third Street. It then follows Florida Avenue before looping around to H Street. Walkers are encouraged to follow the trail at their own pace, sampling businesses and restaurants along the way.
You can get the pamphlet online, or at:
Shawafel Lebanese Cuisine 1322A H Street
The Daily Rider 1108 H Street
Metro Mutts 508 H Street
Capital Cleaners 1306 H Street
The official unveiling takes place at 12pm on September 15th (during the H Street Festival) on the stage at 14th and H.