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Chevy Chase is the name of both a town and an unincorporated census-designated place in Montgomery County, Maryland. The town, the place and several villages in the area share a common history and form the community referred to as “Chevy Chase.”
Chevy Chase is centered on Connecticut Avenue north of Washington, DC (the community also includes a neighborhood in DC called Chevy Chase). Although it’s almost all residential, the neighborhood is conveniently close to Friendship Heights, a popular shopping district featuring several malls and a number of shops and restaurants.
In the years before 1890, the area was farmland. That year Senator Francis G. Newlands of Nevada and his partners began buying up land with the idea of developing a “streetcar suburb” – a neighborhood created for commuters at the terminus of electric trolley lines – to serve the nation’s capitol. They acquired more than 1,700 acres along what it now Connecticut Avenue from Florida Avenue north to Jones Bridge Road.
The name “Chevy Chase” was taken from one of these plots of land and its historic association to a 1388 battle between Lord Percy of England and Earl Douglas of Scotland; “chevauchée” is a French word for a border raid, and “chace” were hunting grounds in Northumberland.
Chevy Chase Community Library offers residents the best of both worlds by combining a cozy, traditional feel with access to high technology. The library features a fiction collection, a reading room, a children’s room with books and toys, and young adult books. Two book clubs meet regularly, and the library presents a variety of children’s programs four times each week.
Popular eateries here include Clyde’s of Chevy Chase on Wisconsin Avenue, a fixture in the community since 1985. The restaurant’s main dining room is a re-creation of the legendary Orient Express, transporting diners to the days of glamorous transcontinental train travel. Next door in the Travel Room, diners relive the excitement of early transatlantic steamship and air travel. Downstairs in the Race Bar, models and mementos celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile while visitors enjoy live music.
The community is home to the National 4-H Center, where the National Science Bowl is held in late April or early May. Chevy Chase is served by the Montgomery County Public Schools.