Monday, June 18, 2012

National Park Seminary (MD)

National Park Seminary for young women was founded in 1894 in Forest Glen, MD.  The seminary occupied the former Forest Inn Hotel that operated from 1887-1894.  The seminary name changed to National Park College in 1937 and then closed in 1942 when the U.S. Army invoked the War Powers Act and condemned the property.

The Save Our Seminary web site offers a variety of resources relating to the institution and the history of the property.  

You can also find a link to a site created by Kenneth R. Stephens, Ph.D. that offers historical sketches and a large number of photographs.

An article by Christina Daglas in the October 2008 Washingtonian provides details of efforts to preserve the properties.  The National Park Seminary condominium project maintains an interesting web site.