CA’s 3rd annual WalkAlong returns May 17
with tour of James Rouse’s neighborhood
Columbia began with James Rouse — and with Wilde Lake. It was the first village founded in Rouse’s planned community, and it is where Rouse called home from the mid-1970s, watching a wide variety of waterfowl and wildlife from his window until his death in 1996.
Rouse would have been 100 on April 26 this year, and a free tour of his neighborhood will be the focus of Columbia Archives’ 3rd annual WalkAlong.
This year’s WalkAlong is being held on Saturday, May 17, with the tour beginning at 10 a.m. at Wilde Lake Park on Hyla Brook Road. The gently paced walk will be led by informed guides and will include facts and trivia to pepper the conversation.
Wilde Lake was where Rouse declared the beginning of Columbia; a plaque at the lake denotes this. This year’s tour will begin at Wilde Lake Park and then head off in different directions, though each two-hour tour will cover the same material, including the street on which Rouse once lived, the site of Columbia’s dedication, the history of buildings there that date back to the mid-19th century, and the mid-20th century modern architecture of the homes in the neighborhood of The Birches.
The tours are free but registration is required and capped at 30 people per tour. Registration ends on Monday, May 12, 2014.
This year’s WalkAlong is one of numerous events celebrating what would’ve been Rouse’s 100th birthday. Please go to bit.ly/rouse100 for a complete schedule.
Columbia Archives, a service of Columbia Association, collects, preserves and makes available to the public the history of Columbia, Maryland. The collection documents the planning, development and continuing physical, institutional, governmental and cultural growth of the community and the life of its founder, James Rouse.
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