Rachel Carson House (Colesville, Maryland)

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Rachel Carson House
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Exterior view facing east of the Rachel Carson House
Rachel Carson House (Colesville, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Rachel Carson House (Colesville, Maryland)
Rachel Carson House (Colesville, Maryland) is located in the US
Rachel Carson House (Colesville, Maryland)
Location 11701 Berwick Rd., Silver Spring, Maryland
Coordinates 39°2′48″N 77°0′2″W / 39.04667°N 77.00056°W / 39.04667; -77.00056Coordinates: 39°2′48″N 77°0′2″W / 39.04667°N 77.00056°W / 39.04667; -77.00056
Built 1956
Architect Rachel Carson
Architectural style Modern Movement, Other
NRHP Reference # 91002058
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 4, 1991[1]
Designated NHL December 4, 1991[2]

The Rachel Carson House is a typical suburban ranch-style house, built in 1956 in Colesville, Maryland for Rachel Carson. Carson wrote her classic work Silent Spring there in 1962.[3] The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991.[2]


The one-story house is typical of its era, finished in brick with an asphalt shingle roof. The interior, virtually unchanged since Carson lived there, contains a living room to the right of the entry, with Carson's study to one side, on the corner of the house. A kitchen and dining room are at the rear, behind the living room. Bedrooms are to the left of the entry. A basement contains a bedroom and bathroom and a multi-purpose room, as well as unfinished space.[4]

Carson's original landscaping is largely intact, with only a small area of lawn. The wooded landscape of evergreens, azaleas and daffodils is in keeping with her desire to keep a "woody section" of the yard.[4]


Designed by Carson and built for her use, the new home provided "all the special things that I need." She began writing Silent Spring at the house in 1958, rarely using the Maine cottage where she wrote The Edge of the Sea published in 1955. As Carson continued work on the book, the nature of the research, involving public documents and correspondence with scholars, and her own health encouraged her to spend more and more of her time at home in Silver Spring. After the publication of Silent Spring in 1962, Carson spent most of the next two years in Silver Spring before her death on April 14, 1964.[4]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Carson, Rachel, House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Maryland Historical Trust". National Register of Historic Places: Properties in Montgomery County. Maryland Historical Trust. 2008-06-08. 
  4. ^ a b c Miller, Page Putnam; Topolski, Jill; Horn, Vernon (June 7, 1991). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination:Rachel Carson House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 

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