MS. REBECCA SHEIR
And now our weekly trip around the region. On today's "Door to Door," we visit Springland Farm in Northwest D.C. and Pleasant Valley in Knoxville, Md.
MS. MARY H. GROSS
My name is Mary H. Gross. I was born in Pleasant Valley, the third month, 24th day, 1911 and I've lived here in Pleasant Valley all my life. I've been in this church, Mt. Moriah, for a long time. I was seeing a number of people, pastors come in here and leave and go and I'm the oldest one left now, have been coming here for about 96 years. Over here, right here was horse and buggies and the church here at that time, we didn't have an electric. We just had oil lamps, one here and one over there, one there.
MS. EDITH WEEDON
My name is Edith Weedon. Mary H. Gross is my mother and I live here in Pleasant Valley, Md. The reason they call it a valley because we are located between two mountain ridges, South Mountain Ridge and Elkridge. This used to be a farming community. The people made their living by farming or working on the railroad but now most of the farmers have sold their land and people have moved from the city and built homes and then they commute back and forth to their jobs.
MS. EDITH WEEDON
It's a nice place to live, neighborly, we treat each other with respect and that's a really important thing, you know, to live in peace.
MR. CHUCK LUDLAM
I'm Chuck Ludlam and I live in the Springland Farm community which most people know as North Cleveland Park but we believe it should be called the Springland Farm community. The middle of it is the Manor House of the proprietor of the Springland Farm, John Adlum, going back to around 1800 and that is on Tilden Street about one block from the intersection of Tilden and Reno and right at Springland Lane.
MR. CHUCK LUDLAM
John Adlum was a revolutionary war hero who came to live in the District of Columbia and he came here to establish a vineyard and he established perhaps the most important vineyard at that time in the United States and the granddaddy of vineyards in America. Until four years ago we had a member of the Adlum family still living in the community, 200 years after John Adlum first came there.
MR. CHUCK LUDLAM
We have found that using history really gives us a sense of our identity. It gives us a source of pride, of where our boundaries stop. We actually know where the farm was, we know the history and we know that we are part of that history and that's who we are as a community. And it's history that binds us together.
We heard from Chuck Ludlam in Springland Farm and Mary H. Gross and her daughter, Edith Weedon, in Pleasant Valley. If you think your neighborhood should be part of "Door to Door," send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on Facebook. That's facebook.com/metroconnection.org. and you can see a map of all the doors we've knocked on so far on our website, metroconnection.org.
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Plus, tourist farmers. We'll explore the lengths some people will go to learn how to work the land.
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We're learning how to take care of animals and identifying weeds, simple things like that because I'm very new at this, so some of the very basics really.
I'm Rebecca Sheir and thanks for listening to "Metro Connection," a production of WAMU 88.5 news.
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