The Earth Conservation Corps, in partnership with several public housing communities and the District of Columbia, are restoring a site adjacent to the Old Capitol Pumphouse in Washington, DC.
The site sits beside the Anacostia River, a significant tributary of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay and the focus of a number of conservation and restoration efforts. The Old Pumphouse site is being restored as a community park, providing area residents with access to the Anacostia.
The park was completed in 2009 with a pier for water taxis and poublic piers for canoes and kayaks to be launched.
The visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm. Call about specific programs and use of the building or pier.
(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)
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Programs are designed around environmental education and restoration and are targeted to the communities of Southeast Washington, D.C. One on-going project is the restoration of eagles to the Anacostia.
On August 24, 1814, British troops landed at Benedict, Maryland, and began marching toward Washington.
British and American troops met August 24, 1814, near Bladensburg, west of the Anacostia River (then known as the Eastern Branch of the Potomac River) and about seven miles from Washington.
The Americans—a mix of militiamen, sailors and US Marines—were no match for British Maj. Gen. Robert Ross’s experienced troops.
The first two lines of American troops quickly dissolved and sent panicked militiamen fleeing in what would become known as “The Bladensburg Races.”
The third line, commanded by Com. Joshua Barney and Capt. Samuel Miller, resisted the British much more effectively. But the Americans were outflanked and ran out of ammunition.
That night, the British entered Washington and burned and looted most federal buildings.
By the evening of August 25, the British began moving back toward Benedict, stopping in Bladensburg to pick up their wounded comrades from the battlefield.