"Silver Spring" (Jesup Blair Park)

Georgia Avenue and Blair Road, Silver Spring

“Silver Spring” (Jesup Blair Park)

History: During the attack on Fort Stevens, July 11 and 12, 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early made his Headquarters at the Blair Home, “Silver Spring,” which was the home of Francis Preston Blair. The home was just west of the Jesup Blair House, owned by Francis Blair’s son. The house is still standing in Jesup Blair Park.

By accident or intent, the home of President Lincoln’s Postmaster General Montgomery C. Blair, “Falklands,” burned during Early’s withdrawal. Falklands also stood on this property adjacent to the Preston Blair home “Silver Spring.”

More to Explore:

Take a stroll through Jesup Blair Park on its walking paths through tall trees that shade open areas. The park also provides ball fields, a playground and tennis courts.

In the thriving downtown of Silver Spring, you will find a variety of eateries featuring diverse ethnic foods from casual to gourmet cuisine. Trendy nightclubs keep the heartbeat of the city alive, but perhaps its biggest attraction is the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District, where there is almost always a concert, theater, ballet or other event on stage at places like the Fillmore. Galleries and artist studios balance the performing arts scene with exciting visual arts venues.

Photo Credits:

  1. “Jesup Blair House in Jesup Blair Park.” Photo courtesy of Allen C. Browne.