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Silver Spring, Maryland

Obscura Society DC: Silver Spring's Fairy Tale Village

Join us as we glide across the glen to explore parts of National Park Seminary the public rarely sees

From a resort to a girls' school to a veterans' hospital, the National Park Seminary in Silver Spring, Maryland is one of DC's hidden historic gems.

Originally built as a later 19th century summer resort hotel, the property soon became National Park Seminary, a private school for young women. During World War II, Walter Reed Hospital took over the school for a rehabilitation center, and now, after decades of neglect, the old school campus buildings have been renewed as private residences. Of the two dozen historic buildings, most are occupied, but several remain in decay awaiting their new life.

This exclusive, behind-the-scenes, speciality curated tour will be led by Save Our Seminary's Bonnie Rosenthal, who will tell us the stories behind this fairy tale-like landscape. Unlike other tours, however, we will be guided to places that the public rarely gets to see. The highlights of our excursion will include the chapel, which is now a private residence, for a short musical interlude. We will also trek through the wooded glen to the other side of the property to explore the English castle and Italianate villa.

Even if you've come on the Save Our Seminary tour with us before, this will cover new areas! 

 Notes for this adventure:

- This walking tour will be both inside and outside. We will be also walking through a wooded area. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

- A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Save Our Seminary.

- Photography is encouraged!

- Share photos on Twitter and Instagram with us @atlasobscura and @SaveOurSeminary and with the hashtag #ObscuraSociety.

All ticket sales are final. Please direct any questions or concerns to Matt Blitz at matt@atlasobscura.com.