Rock Creek Park (2004)
NPT purchased a parcel of land in the historic Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, DC, adjacent to the Fort Stevens section of Rock Creek Park. The lot had been approved for a 13-townhouse development, which would have changed the character of the community, as well as taking more land away from what had been Civil War era Fort Stevens. The Civil War battle at the fort was notable for several reasons. Seasoned soldiers at the fort turned away an attack on and threat to the Nation’s capital by Confederate General Jubal Early. And President Abraham Lincoln, who went to see the battle, became the only president in history to come under fire, when Confederate sharpshooters shot at him as he watched the fighting. Acquisition of the property, and transfer to the National Park Service helped preserve an important historical landmark, as well as fulfilling the local community’s desire to maintain their neighborhood as a cultural and historical heritage area.