Acorn Park

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Acorn Park in 1917– the acorn-shaped gazebo is visible at left.
Acorn Park in 2008.

Coordinates: 38°59′23″N 77°01′44″W / 38.989585°N 77.028986°W / 38.989585; -77.028986

A view of the park showing the "Grotto."
For Arthur D. Little's office park in Cambridge, Massachusetts, see Cambridge Discovery Park.

Acorn Park is a 0.12-acre (490 m2) urban park in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland, which features an acorn-shaped gazebo and an artificial grotto. The site is historically significant as it is thought to be the location of the "mica-flecked spring" that in 1840 inspired Francis Preston Blair to name his estate "Silver Spring".[1][2]

Acorn Park is located at the intersection of East-West Highway and Newell Street.


The gazebo in Acorn Park was constructed in 1842[3] by Benjamin C. King.[4] Francis Blair's son-in-law, Samuel Phillips Lee, had the stone grotto built at the site of the spring in 1894. It originally included a statue of a Greek nymph.[4] The park land was purchased by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in 1942[5] and was refurbished and rededicated in 1955.[3] A small additional tract of land was acquired by M-NCPPC in 1997 to make the current 0.12-acre (490 m2).


  1. ^ "Acorn Park". Celebrate Silver Spring Foundation. 2006. Archived from the original on September 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Montgomery Park: Heritage Sites - The Silver Spring". Montgomery County Department of Parks. April 25, 2008. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  3. ^ a b McCoy, Jerry A. (2004). "Happy Birthday, Acorn Park". Silver Spring, Then & Again. Takoma Publishing, Inc. Archived from the original on 2006-03-29. Retrieved 2007-03-24. 
  4. ^ a b McCoy, Jerry A. (2005). Historic Silver Spring. Silver Spring, Md.: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 26–32. ISBN 0-7385-4188-5. 
  5. ^ "MNCPPC: Acorn Urban Park". M-NCPPC. Archived from the original on April 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-28.