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Duke Ellington’s Former Haunt Gets Restored

A once popular music hall and tavern off of Rhode Island Ave. frequented by the likes of Duke Ellington is being restored. The town of North Brentwood and the Hyattsville Community Development Corp. are rehabilitating the historic Sis’ Tavern at … Continue reading

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How to Relive Route 1’s Streetcar Line

Route 1’s streetcar line last ran from Washington to Branchville on Sept. 7, 1958, but you can still see traces of it in communities throughout the corridor. In a history of the Route 82 Maryland line written for the soon-to-open Streetcar … Continue reading

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Why Greenbelt’s Dinosaur Find is Groundbreaking

Greenbelt made national news recently for a huge discovery right on the NASA Goddard Flight Center grounds. The space age met the dinosaur age when Ray Stanford, a local dinosaur track expert who was driving out of the center’s parking lot after dropping … Continue reading

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Why Brentwood Should Save the Arrow

As you drive along Rhode Island Avenue, it’s easy to miss the arrow. Located atop two metal posts in an empty parking lot in Brentwood, the unlit metal arrow points downward to what was once a car sales lot. It’s … Continue reading

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The True Story of Bladensburg Coining ‘Cocktail’

This much we can say definitively: The word “cocktail” was not coined at 8:15 a.m. on April 17, 1846, at the old Palo Alto Hotel in Bladensburg. But you might not be faulted for believing that. Legendary Baltimore newspaperman H.L. Mencken, … Continue reading

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The Fascinating History of North Brentwood

The tiny town of North Brentwood has one of the most interesting backstories of any Route 1 community. Founded after the Reconstruction era by a veteran commander of the U.S. Colored Troops, the community was settled by black families seeking … Continue reading

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The Women’s March That Started in Hyattsville

This weekend was not the first time that women have marched on Washington. In fact, one women’s march that took place more than a century ago started in Hyattsville. On July 31, 1913, a group of 500 women traveled from … Continue reading

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Why Hyattsville Used to Be a Dry Town

Hyattsville started out as a dry town in part because Bladensburg wasn’t. As we noted recently, Hyattsville’s rebirth is being fueled by craft breweries, sales of beer and wine and even a new distillery, meadery, and a Belgian-inspired brewery. But the backstory … Continue reading

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Watch Jim Henson’s Surprising 1950s Coffee Ads

Jim Henson — a world-renowned puppeteer and creator of “The Muppets,” who lived in University Park with his family, went to Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he created “Sam and Friends — is remembered today as a preternaturally good-natured … Continue reading

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Why Route 1’s Arthouse Cinema Is Thriving

One of the more interesting arthouse cinemas in the greater Washington area is not far from Route 1. Built in 1938 as part of a New Deal-era planned community, the Old Greenbelt Theatre has survived as a single-screen movie theater … Continue reading

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