From to , live trees in various locations around and on the White House grounds were lit on Christmas Eve. In , the ceremony returned to the Ellipse and with an expanded focus: the "Christmas Pageant of Peace". From through , cut trees were used, but in a Colorado blue spruce from York, Pennsylvania was planted on the Ellipse. A replacement was planted in On August 10, , the Ellipse was transferred to the National Park Service, the legal successor of three federal commissioners appointed by the President under an act of July 16, , which directed initial construction.
Their authority developed through acts of May 1, ;  April 19, [ citation needed ] ; March 3, ; March 2, ; July 1, ; February 26, ; March 3, ; and Executive Order of June 10, In , during World War II , the National Park Service granted permission for the construction of barracks as a special emergency war-time measure.
The temporary barracks were erected on the south side of the Old Executive Office Building and the entire First Division Monument grounds. The "White House Barracks" were demolished in The Ellipse Visitor Pavilion was opened for visitors in May The facility is used to distribute free tickets for special events at the White House such as the Easter Egg Roll and the fall and spring Garden Tours.
There also is an information window, concession area, restrooms, telephones, water fountains, and a first aid area, all accessible. Under the auspices of the National Park Service , the Capital Alumni Network and a number of neighborhood and military sports leagues play softball and flag football games on the grounds of the Ellipse. A number of ultimate competitions are also held by various groups throughout the warmer months.
The Ellipse Meridian Stone , located slightly under the surface near the center of the Ellipse, commemorates President Thomas Jefferson's idea of an American prime meridian. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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City Walking Guide. Archived from the original on April 10, National Society Daughters of the American Colonists. Since that time the collection has grown to a total of 88 landscape photographs and one portrait of Adams by photographer Arnold Newman. Hours: Monday - Thursday am - pm, Friday am - pm. Closed, weekends and federal holidays. They also have a side gallery called Gallery 31 that is free during museum hours.
Updated December 29, I am sure there are more I haven't listed yet Please add any additional locations in DC or next to a metro in MD or VA along with the address, area, and link if you have it in the comment section and I will add it to the list!
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If you know of any changes, please let me know of those as well. All are self serve except for Tryst which has waiter service. Chinatown Coffee Company standard benches and chairs, delicious espresso if you're looking for cushy sofas, not your spot now serving beer, wine and absinthe!
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Cupcakes and coffee, the only indie coffee shop in the area. Interesting story behind this place too, learn more here. Daily form am - pm. Note: They have two additional locations now! One in Chinatown and another in Shaw. Open City large outdoor seating area and semi-outdoor space Sister restaurant to Tryst, good coffee drinks. Crystal City. All Barnes and Noble's now offers free wifi! Clarendon, Bethesda, Springfield and Rockville are close to metro I believe.
Tysons Corner, Seven Corners and Potomac, car required. Cosi locations throughout the city and in MD and VA! You'll want to type in your zipcode and look for the ones with a green box on the far right.
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I know for sure that these two have:. Glover Park bus access from Tenleytown metro. Georgia Ave - Petworth. Smithsonian Castle. Cleveland Park about a block or so from metro. Busboys and Poets Shirlington , VA not near metro, take bus or car. Try their cupcake, it is so good! Quincy - entrance is on Wilson Blvd, near sweetgreen. Ballston walk to Wilson, turn left and go a few blocks Note: They also have a second location in Alexandria, VA but I haven't been there so not sure if it's accessible by metro or if they have wireless there.
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Franklin Rd. Arlington, VA Free wireless on Weekdays and. Northside Social. Metro: Please see metro trip-planner for best metro or bus access.