Local History

Local History: Sophistication & Scandal at the Cabin John Hotel

Nestled between announcements of lost keys and a handkerchief sale at the Rockville Millinery Shop, the Montgomery Sentinel newspaper ran a short but shocking headline: “Woman Killed at Cabin John Hotel.”  While dining at the Cabin John Hotel on the evening of January 5, 1921 Mr. Edward V. Killeen and members of his party “struck […]

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Local History: Does Mysterious “Female Stranger” have ties to Cabin John?

Across the Potomac River, the grave of a mysterious young woman who died over 200 years ago rests in an Alexandria cemetery. The legend of the female stranger has been a part of Old Town’s lore for centuries. One hundred years after her death, a romance novel attempted to sprinkle some of the legend’s fairy

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Local History: Alex J. Yowell, Self-Proclaimed “Successor to John of the Cabin”

While we’ve all become armchair travelers this past year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us take daily strolls across what was once a must-see tourist destination, the subject of postcards, photographs, and letters. At the turn of the 20th century, the Cabin John Bridge was on the itinerary of the capital’s visitors and

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Local History: Backyard Farms

This past spring, as Covid-19 lockdowns began and people worried about the availability of fresh food, victory gardens and backyard chickens became a growing trend. In Cabin John, raised beds and deer-proof fencing became more common. But what many of Cabin John’s backyard farmers may not have known is that their newly cultivated gardens revisited

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