I have been researching several questions of historical matter
concerning Bethesda, and finding a real person to provide information
is proving to be quite a daunting task.
I have made many phone calls and sent out many emails to various
people during my searches. I finally did receive a reply from Kristin
O'Connor, the Bethesda representative of the Planning Commission. Ms.
O'Connor informed me that the the best person to speak to about the
history of Bethesda is William Offutt, the town historian.
Mr. Offutt has written a book called, "The History of Bethesda". Ms.
O'Connor says that the book contains information on how to reach Mr.
Offutt, and that the book is available at the library or for purchase
through the Montgomery County Historical Society. You can reach the
historical society by calling 301-762-1492.
I have also listed a link to Montgomery Miscellenea, where you will be
able to view an article written by Mr. Offutt. If you will scroll
down to the bottom of the page, it lists information about Mr. Offutt
including his phone number. I called information to verify that his
number is a valid and working number.
Mr. Offutt invites people to contact him, and even swing by his house,
and he will be happy to answer any questions concerning Bethesda. His
email address is listed as firstname.lastname@example.org, and I did send an
email concerning your question but have yet to receive a reply. If he
replies to my email I will post his response.
I hope you find this information helpful and it has been a pleasure
helping you with your question.
Links of interest:
Potomac by any other name, by Bill Offutt
Washington Post Archives
Various articles on Old Georgetown Estate
old georgetown estate+william offutt
the history of bethesda+william offutt
the history of bethesda+offut
washington evening star+archives
Clarification of Answer by
20 Jun 2002 18:55 PDT
As I have stated, I have been trying to find information concerning
different historical facts about Bethesda and surrounding areas.
I have made many, many phone calls and emailed many , many people, and
Mr. Offutt has been the only real person that has offered his
assistance. Mr. Offutt has provided the name of Dr. Victoria Harden,
and feels that this is the historian that would be able to help you
with your questions.
Unfortunately, as hard as I've tried, this is the best information
that I was able to uncover. Perhaps another researcher will be able
to assist you from this point forward.
Thank you so much for allowing me to help you, and I am sorry that
this is proving to be so difficult a project.
I hope that you find the answers you are seeking.