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The Cabin John Neighborhood:

Cabin John is a woodsy residential community within Bethesda, MD. It hosts several business, professional services, restaurants, markets, a post office, and a neighborhood pool. In addition, the Montgomery County Recreation Department operates the Clara Barton Community Center, which offers activities, an exercise room, a summer camp and special events.

A program, known as Neighbor 2 Neighbor (N2N) was started to help local residents stay in their own homes with a little help. These services include gardening, yard clearing, tax prepartion, paper work, simple estate planning, medical power of attorney, paying bills, cooking a meal, repair, walking company, transportation, grocery shopping, moving. Such programs are very common within this small yet giving community which has a strong sense of servitude.


As an unincorporated area, Cabin John’s boundaries are not officially defined. Cabin John is, however, recognized by the United States Census Bureau as a census-designated place. It is located just north of the Potomac River northeastern bend, east of Interstate 495 and west of Glen Echo. According to the United States Census Bureau, the place has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) of it (25.56%) is water.

A Little History:

There has been a little debate over where the name “Cabin John” originates. There have been many theories from a hermit named John, to a pirate named “Captain John” (a spelling variation of “Cabin John”) who buried treasure in the Potomac, to Captain John Smith (founder of Jamestown), etc.

Originally, in the 17th century, the Susquehannahs, Piscataways, and Senecas occupied the land in succession. Then Lord Baltimore made land grants which resulted in the area being called “Cabin John.” During the 18th century, farming predominated, particularly of tobacco. In the 19th century, the building of the C & O Canal in the 1820′s and 1830′s brought settlers to the Cabin John area, and the population further increased with the construction of the Washington Aqueduct in the 1850′s and 1860′s.

In the 20th Century, Cabin John began taking shape. In 1912 the American Land Company divided the area into residential lots, and began a vigorous sales campaign of what it called Cabin John Park. The town’s year-round population grew steadily and a sense of community began to appear. In 1919, the Cabin John Park Citizens Association was founded to improve amenities for local community services. The 1920′s and 1930′s also saw many other community endeavors-the Cabin John Home Demonstration Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and, most visibly, the Cabin John Volunteer Fire Department.

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  • Note: not much info about public transportation is mentioned concerning Cabin John. Most travel and commute is done by use of automobiles.

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