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Door To Door: Camp Springs, Md. And Seminary Ridge, Va.

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Tammy Jones stands in the her neighborhood of Camp Springs, Md.
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Tammy Jones stands in the her neighborhood of Camp Springs, Md.

It's our weekly trip around the region. This week, we'll visit Camp Springs, Md. and Seminary Ridge in Alexandria, Va.

Camp Springs, Md.

Tammy Jones of Camp Springs, Md., says that her neighborhood was named for its scenery.

"It got its name from soldiers who would actually come from Washington, D.C., in route to Fort Meade, and they would camp over in Camp Springs," Jones says. "There were so many beautiful, abundant springs here in the area, that they started calling it Camp Springs."

Camp Springs, located right outside the beltway near Branch Avenue, is also home to Andrews Air Force Base, which Jones believes contributed to the suburbanization of the area.

"I think Andrews Air Force Base brought in a lot of families," he says. "As a result, single family homes were developed. Strip malls were developed. So around the '50s, '60s and '70s, we started seeing suburban sprawl."

While soldiers settled in Camp Springs temporarily, the neighborhood is a permanent home for most of the residents in the area. "Camp Springs has one of the largest home ownerships in the state of Maryland, with 80 percent of the residents owning their homes," Jones says.

For Jones, scenery isn't the only reason people settle in Camp Springs. "It's a great community. Beautiful neighborhoods. Close proximity to everything: Washington, D.C., National Harbor, Baltimore. So we have easy access, lots of transportation, and we have lovely people in our community."

Seminary Ridge, Va.

War often destroys the history of a neighborhood, but sometimes it builds it. According to resident Mike Souza, the Seminary Ridge neighborhood of Alexandria, Va. rests on the grounds of Fort Worth, a fort built during the civil war.

"Seminary Ridge was built between 1972 and 1974," he says. "A lot of the original owners were military. The Episcopal Seminary is across Seminary Road from the neighborhood. And part of the grounds of the neighborhood was part of the original seminary. During the Civil War, there was a fort that was built up on the ridge here, Fort Worth. And the neighborhood is on the grounds of that fort."

But Souza says Seminary Ridge is known for more than its Civil War conception. "A lot of young families have really moved in looking for a lot of the amenities that we did," he says. "We have three to four different events that bring the families together every year. Everything from a neighborhood Halloween party, a holiday party. We have a big cookout that all the members of the neighborhood come and participate in."

As far as Souza is concerned, Seminary Ridge is, "a real slice of Washington life."


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