Woodside Park (Silver Spring, Maryland)
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Woodside Park began as the Alton Farm, country estate of Crosby Noyes, a prominent Washingtonian and owner of the Washington Evening Star newspaper. Upon his death in 1908, his will gave the land to his children with a provision that his widow could live on the estate until her death. She survived until 1914. The Noyes children eventually sold the property to the Woodside Development Corporation in 1922. The corporation divided the farm into lots of approximately one acre each, though most original lots were later subdivided into half acre or smaller parcels.
Woodside Park is located just north of downtown of Silver Spring, one of the oldest suburbs of Washington, DC. Its boundaries are Georgia Avenue (State Route 97) on the west, Spring Street to the South, Colesville Road (US Route 29) to the east, and Dale Drive and Columbia Boulevard on the north. It also includes one block of Clement Road north of Dale Drive and Clement Place. It borders the neighborhoods of Woodside, Woodside Forest, North Woodside, and Seven Oaks-Evanswood. It also shares a boundary with the Silver Spring business district.
Woodside Park is characterized by its park-like setting, including roads that followed the contours of the land, and not a grid, as well as a number of streams. Most of these streams, however, have been moved underground into pipes. The styles of homes in the neighborhood vary, with examples of most of the styles of residential architecture popular through the 20th century.
The neighborhood maintains the Woodside Park Civic Association (WPCA), which publishes a monthly newsletter, called The Vo!ce from September through June. It also sponsors an "Oktoberfest" and Halloween with pumpkin carving and costumes in October, as well as an annual picnic in June.
- Oshel, Robert (1998). Home Sites of Distinction: The History of Woodside Park. Silver Spring, MD: Woodside Park Civic Association. pp. 27–38.