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Glen Echo is a town in Montgomery CountyMarylandUnited States, that was chartered in 1904.  The town is famous for its Chautauqua cultural events and its old amusement park, the famous Glen Echo Park, now a U.S. National Park. Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland is an arts and cultural center. It is managed by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture in cooperation with Montgomery County, Maryland, and the National Park Service. Today, the park is one of the most lively community arts centers in the Washington, D.C.area. It offers hundreds of classes and workshops in the visual and performing arts and is home to thirteen resident artists and arts organizations. The park is well known for its antique Dentzel carousel, its Spanish Ballroom, its many public festivals, including Family Day and the Washington Folk Festival, its children’s theaters, and its social dance program. The National Park Service offers park history tours and other programs and maintains a visitors area.


Glen Echo is located along the northeastern bend of the Potomac River, situated right on Route 614, just east of Cabin John. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2), all of it land

A Little History:

Glen Echo derives its name from Edward and Edwin Baltzley, who came up with the name circa 1888. Their advertising booklet for the town was titled “Glen Echo on the Potomac: The Washington Rhine”. The primary attraction of Glen Echo was the Glen Echo Park. The site was first developed in 1891 as a National Chautauqua Assembly and then operated as an amusement park until 1968.

Some notable people also came from Glen Echo, such as Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross (lived in Glen Echo the last 15 years of her life), Carolyn Reeder – Children’s author and winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Robert Dyer – Famed food reviewer, YouTube personality, recording artist, and politician.


  • Most transportation in Glen Echo is done by automobile
  • Park shuttle services.

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