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Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Young Boaters in Chevy Chase Lake
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Thornapple Street Newspaper
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Reservoir Hike September 3, 1916
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Maryland Man and Woman on horseback with dogs riding to Fox Hunt
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Thomas Fisher Map of Chevy Chase
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Streetcar
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Fourth of July Parade with Isiah Leggett
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
 Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs

Welcome

In 1890, a new kind of neighborhood began to take shape on former farmland at the edge of Washington, D.C. The modern planned community of Chevy Chase, Maryland was designed to take advantage of a revolutionary mode of rapid transit: the streetcar. This electric-powered conveyance made commuting from a home in the country to work in the nation’s capital fast, easy and convenient. Residents of Chevy Chase enjoyed the best of both worlds – and they made the most of each! 

Today’s residents and members of the Chevy Chase Historical Society protect and treasure the character of their community while they welcome the best aspects of the future. We welcome you to join us – and to explore our history.


 

Visit the CCHS Archive & Research Center

After calling the Chevy Chase Library home for more than 15 years, the CCHS Archive and Research Center has moved to a larger space at 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1010 in historic Chevy Chase Lake. Drop by without an appointment on Tuesdays, between 10am and noon or 1pm and 3pm. Or call to make an appointment.

  New Reading Room at the Chevy Chase Historical Society

CCHS Fall Lecture 2019

Votes for Women: How the Battle Was Waged and Won

One hundred years after the 1919 passage of the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, the Chevy Chase Historical Society invites local residents to an illustrated talk, “Votes for Women: How the Battle Was Waged and Won,” at 4 p.m.  on Sunday, November 17, at the Jane Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane in the Town of Chevy Chase.

Historian and author Dr. Elizabeth Griffith will describe the 80-year fight by an array of courageous women to secure the right to vote. A reception with light refreshments will follow the program. No reservations are necessary. Questions may be directed to CCHS at 301-656-6141 or info@chevychasehistory.org.

 

 

CCHS Spring Lecture 2019 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel

Architectural historian Kim Prothro Williams tells the fascinating tale of life in the region before it became the seat of national government in the CCHS Spring Lecture 2019 “The Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C.” Williams discusses her research to identify remnants of the Washington, D.C. region's rural past.   

 
 

 

CCHS Fall Lecture 2018 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel

Department store expert, Michael Lisicky, led a trip down memory lane during the CCHS Fall Lecture 2019 “The Glory Days of Washington's Grand Department Stores: A Nostalgic Look Back.” Lisicky spoke about Woodward & Lothrop in its heyday and discussed other beloved local department stores, including Garfincels and Hecht's.    

 

 

Kit Houses in Chevy Chase, Maryland

Nationally recognized kit house scholar Kathryn Holt Springston presented Certificates of Authentication to owners of 11 kit houses she authenticated for the Chevy Chase Historical Society’s first kit house survey in 2017. Click here to see the authenticated houses!

If your house was built between 1900 and 1940 and looks like any of these houses, it might be a kit house delivered to the freight rail siding near Chevy Chase Lake by Sears Roebuck or another manufacturer. If you’d like Kathryn Springston to measure your house for possible kit house authentication, please contact kithouses@chevychasehistory.org to learn what’s involved.

 
 

We are deeply grateful to the Sponsors of the
Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, held on May 5, 2019

The complete list of the 2019 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors and Friends

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The Chevy Chase Historical Society is supported in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County