Virtual Tour of Meridian Hill Park with Fiona Clem (DCPL Members Only)
May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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DCPL Members are invited to join us on Thursday, May 13th at 12:00pm EDT for a virtual tour of Meridian Hill Park with author and licensed tour guide, Fiona Clem!
Meridian Hill Park is one of the National Park Service’s most unique parks. Prior to becoming a national park the area was part of an estate called Meridian Hill, the home of a college precursor to George Washington University, a Civil War encampment, and the site of nature poet Joaquin Miller’s cabin. In October 1936 the park opened after 26 years of work and cost more than $1 million spent.
At the one-of-a-kind Meridian Hill Park, you’ll find the longest cascading fountain in North America, along with a memorial to disgraced President James Buchanan. Other curiosities include a statue of Joan of Arc—the only one to feature a woman on a horse in the city. Listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark, this beautiful 12-acre neoclassical national park was designed in the tradition of French gardens and Italian villas.
Join Fiona Clem, author of Meridian Hill Park, to learn more about the history of this site.
Fiona Clem is a licensed D.C. tour guide and a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides in DC. A long-time resident of Adams Morgan the Meridian Hill area of Washington, D.C. Fiona wrote the book on Meridian Hill Park published in 2017. Fiona blogs at DC Memorialist, where she provides information on the statuary of Washington, DC. Fiona loves exploring the city, and providing tours of Washington, DC and the Meridian Hill neighborhood. She holds a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and a degree in English Literature from Guilford College.