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CJCA News – May Meeting Minutes/Election of Officers The last CJCA meeting of the 2023-2024 program year was held Wednesday, May 22.  This well-attended meeting featured a fascinating presentation from CJ’s own local historian Judy Welles.  Attendees learned many interesting facts and some new historical information that Judy has uncovered in the last few years. […]

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Local Nature: Our Missing Mussels

One of our region’s most challenging environmental struggles has been cleaning up the Potomac River. Of course, the river’s pollution has been with us for many decades, but it wasn’t always so. Back in the days when George Washington would leave the civilization of what is now Georgetown to survey the hinterlands (perhaps Cabin John),

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Local History: An Adventurous Woman “Living High”…in Cabin John?

I recently came across a Village News article from twenty-plus years ago about a book called Living High by June Burn, first published in 1941. An old friend from Washington State sent this autobiography to a long ago local resident, certain that June Burn’s adventurous and unconventional life started right here in Cabin John.  June’s

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Preservation of Two Historic African American Churches on Seven Locks Road

We had an enthusiastic turnout for CJCA’s April community meeting and panel discussion, with at least 30 in-person attendees and our largest online audience since some of our pandemic Zoom meetings. The program highlighted the impressive restoration efforts at the Scotland A.M.E. Zion Church on Seven Locks Road near Tuckerman Lane and the First Agape

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Local History: The Old Conduit

While driving by the pop-up construction site for the “Old Conduit Repairs” across the bridge on my morning school run, I was reminded of some fascinating historical photos of the Washington Aqueduct. During daily traversing, it’s easy to forget that the Union Arch Bridge (the Cabin John Bridge) is on the National Register of Historic

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CJCA News: March meeting notes; April meeting preview- Church updates; CAll for Officers

March Meeting Notes – CJCA held its monthly meeting at the CBNRC on Wednesday, March, 20.  In addition to the approval of February’s meeting minutes, we had a fantastic slide show and update from the Minnie’s Island Community Conservancy (see “What is Minnie’s Island?” in this issue) and a discussion with the team that publishes

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What is Minnie’s Island?

It’s not some far-off exotic island or a hair care product.  It’s just 100 yards off shore from Lockhouse 8 on the C&O Canal and is roughly eight acres of boulders, trees, plants, and wildlife. Accessible only by canoe, the island features a 30-foot by 15-foot wooden cabin with a large deck.  In addition, Minnie’s

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