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James Corner Field Operations Selected to Reimagine First Mile of C&O Canal National Historical Park

March 15, 2017

Georgetown Heritage has selected James Corner Field Operations, the celebrated urban design and landscape architecture firm known for New York City’s High Line, to develop the Georgetown Canal Plan, a comprehensive master plan for a one-mile section of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) in Georgetown. The National Park Service (NPS), Georgetown Heritage, and the D.C. Office of Planning will work with the community to restore, reimagine and revitalize this treasured historic place. 


“The James Corner Field Operations team brings exceptional ingenuity, boundless energy and extensive experience partnering with cities, parks and community groups to create stunning, lively spaces that reflect each site’s distinct character and maximize its potential to engage people of all ages and cultures,” said Alison Greenberg, Executive Director of Georgetown Heritage. 


The design team, which includes MakeDC, Robert Silman Associates, ETM Associates and Dharam Consulting, will develop the Georgetown Canal Plan, which re-envisions this popular section of the canal. 


Over the next year, Georgetown Heritage and the NPS will seek input and ideas from the community on how to improve the park’s unique stone structures, locks, towpath, plazas and street crossings to maximize the park’s immense educational, recreational and aesthetic potential. The NPS and Georgetown Heritage will provide more information in the coming months about how to get involved. 


“The National Park Service is thrilled to partner with this distinguished design team—along with Georgetown Heritage, the City and the community—to realize our vision of the C&O Canal as a picturesque, safe and sustainable historical park where people come to have fun and learn about history, science, nature and art,” said Superintendent Kevin Brandt, C&O Canal NHP. 


The public is invited to an informal meet-and-greet reception with the design team on Wednesday, March 29 at 6 p.m. at Foley & Lardner (3000 K St NW, Suite 500). Those planning to attend should RVSP via email to (This event is an introductory meeting only and not a part of the public design and comment process.) 


The Georgetown Canal Plan, along with repairs to Locks 3 and 4, and the launching of a new historic replica canal boat, is the first phase of the C&O Canal NHP’s multi-year restoration. The first phase began in October 2016 and is expected to be completed in summer 2018. 

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Snow or No Snow, Via Umbria is the Place to Go

March 13, 2017

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Via Umbria will be open Tuesday, March 14 from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm.


Escape cabin fever and celebrate the big snow (or no snow) with your neighbors. 


In addition to board games for all ages, Via Umbria will be serving warm boozy apple cider, fresh pastries from the kitchen, housemade soups, homemade pasta and hot sandwiches in the cafe.


Don't feel like cooking? Take home their delicious roast chickens and roast beef with potatoes and vegetables.


Via Umbria is located at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.

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19th Century St. Petersburg Friends and Fashion at Hillwood

January 31, 2017

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Hillwood Museum is hosting an exhibition of intimate watercolors from an album by the family of politician and statesman Henry Middleton from February 18 to June 11, 2017.


Focusing on forty-five portraits, this special exhibition paints a captivating picture of diplomatic life in early nineteenth-century St. Petersburg. The intimate portraits, along with objects, images, and publications selected to complement them, offer an exploration into a number of themes, including Henry Middleton's posting in St. Petersburg and the historical events surrounding his time there, the family’s social life in Russia, the artistic traditions of the period, and the elaborate fashions and hairstyles of the day.


Hillwood acquired the Middleton album in 2004 and had it conserved in 2015. Friends and Fashion marks the first time this fascinating object has been publicly presented in its entirety.


For more information, visit Hillwood Museum.

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