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The Secret History of Meridian Hill Park

Join us on a walking tour of this unique urban park.

Enjoy the beauty of Meridian Hill Park while learning about its unique history in the National Park system.

This 12-acre park is home to the longest cascading fountain in North America. It also has four memorials and statues—including one for President James Buchanan and one of Joan of Arc, which remains the only female equestrian statue in Washington, D.C. While the land for it was purchased in 1910, the park wasn’t completed until 1936, and at a cost of over $1.5 million. Listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark, the park was designed in the tradition of French gardens and Italian villas.

Join Obscura Society D.C. Field Agent and tour guide Fiona Clem for a walking tour of this beautiful park. We'll learn about the features, history, design, and landscaping of this neighborhood and National Park. 


  • 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 10-15 min 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. 

If you have any questions, please contact Fiona at

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