Kensington and Garrett Park Real Estate

Kensington

 

Kensington and Garrett Park Real Estate and Community Information

Kensington was originally a summer refuge for Washington, D.C., residents wishing to escape the capital’s humid summers. As years passed and its residents increasingly remained year round, Kensington evolved into a commuter suburb. The large southernmost section originally mapped out by Warner remains largely unchanged since inception, and is a historically preserved zone.

Garrett Park was incorporated as a town in 1898, with sponsorship by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It was named for John w. Garrett, a former President of the B&O. It was a planned community from the beginning – developed to be reminiscent of an English village and the streets are named after locations in the novels of the English author Walter Scott, such as Kenilworth and Strathmore.  In May 1982 the townspeople of Garrett Park voted 245 to 46 to ban the production, transportation, storage, processing, disposal, or use of nuclear weapons within the town. This made Garrett Park the first nuclear-weapons free zone in the United States.

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