Category Archives: History

The history of Takoma begins in 1863 when Benjamin Franklin Gilbert purchased more than 100 acres surrounding the B&O Railroad Station of Brightwood and built the first commuter suburb of north of Washington DC. Today it is a thriving and diverse community of socially and politically active residents. Above average in income and education it has a comparatively large number of arts organizations and sponsors many arts events.

Takoma Park Independence Day Committee

Takoma Park Independence Day ParadeTakoma Park Independence Day Committee, Inc. (often abbreviated TPIDC) is an all-volunteer, independent, non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Maryland and organized in 1889.The Committee's mission is to provide "an entertaining day of activities in celebration of the birthday of our nation's declaration of independence." Both enjoyable and safe. ("Those who are drunk, on drugs, abusive, obscene, disruptive, unruly or … Continue Reading ››

History of Takoma Park by Tanya Beauchamp

Learn about Takoma DC's rich history. Written by Tanya Beauchamp of Takoma Park, MD, for the District Historic Preservation Office, With edits and additions by Loretta Neumann, a founder and former vice president of Historic Takoma.


The pretty depot presents a busy scene in the early evening, when the trains from the city arrive.  The platform is thronged, and there is an overflow out in the streets.  Waiting for some of the arrivals are carriages, for others … Continue Reading ››