The Secret History of Meridian Hill Park - Atlas Obscura

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The Secret History of Meridian Hill Park

Join us on a walking tour of an urban park unlike any other in the country.

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,  80-year-old national park was designed in the tradition of French gardens and Italian villas.

Join Fiona Clem, author of Meridian Hill Park, for a walking tour of the unknown history of this special National Park. 

Due to demand, a second tour was just added for 12 pm!


  • Meet inside the park at the northwest corner closest to 16th and Euclid Streets, NW.
  • The closest Metro station is Columbia Heights (Green/Yellow), which is about a 10- to 15-minute walk from the park. 
  • The tour will end in the southwest corner of the park closest to 16th and W Streets, NW.
  • We will be walking approximately a mile, so please wear appropriate shoes, bring water, and a hat.
  • Unfortunately, the park is not wheelchair accessible. 


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