A little about Glover Park, our neighborhood

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In case you want to learn a little more about Glover Park, we’ve choosen to write a little about our neighborhood. Glover Park is a neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., about a half mile north of Georgetown and just west of the United States Naval Observatory The  neighborhood’s western border is an extension of Rock Creek Park called Glover-Archbold Park (named after Charles Carroll Glover andAnne Mills Archbold, who each donated part of the land). Glover Park’s northern border is Fulton Street, near the Washington National Cathedral, and its southern border is Whitehaven Park, another branch of Rock Creek Park, and beyond that the Burleith neighborhood. To the east of the neighborhood lies Woodley Park, and to the north is Cathedral Heights.

Guy Mason Park is our local softball diamond and contains a playground for small children, and an unofficial enclosed dog park. Guy Mason Park is also the location of the annual Glover Park Day festival, held in early June.

Housing in Glover Park is a mix of apartment buildings and porch-front rowhouses built in the 1920s and 1930s. Glover Park residents harvest crops from small, individual garden plots in the two Victory gardens leased from the National Park Service. On the field adjacent to Stoddert Elementary, Glover Park has hosted the Glover Park Co-ed Softball League, one of the Washington Metropolitan Area’s most well-known co-ed slow pitch softball leagues, since 1982.

The neighborhood is named for Washingtonian Charles Carroll Glover, an influential late 19th and early 20th century banker and philanthropist. He is credited with the creation of the city’s Rock Creek Park system and with an influential role in the creation of Embassy Row through generous land donations. He is also considered the father of the National Zoo and Rock Creek Parkway.

The family of Charles Glover pronounces their last name so that it rhymes with “cover.” However, many people in Washington, including longtime residents, newcomers, and even the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) pronounce the name so it rhymes with “clover.”