History of Cabin John Gardens


Cabin John Gardens is a single family home cooperative consisting of 100 houses on 19.27 acres in Cabin John, Maryland. Originally the site of the Cabin John Bridge Hotel, in 1940 the federal government purchased the property and developed housing to rent to the workers of the David Taylor Model Basin. There were 75 small three bedroom houses, 25 smaller two bedroom houses, and a community house for gatherings. The government decided to sell the property so in 1957 the residents formed a cooperative to purchase the property and Cabin John Gardens, Inc. was inaugurated.

Dagny Newman, one of the first residents and board members, wrote an article about the beginning of Cabin John Gardens. Click here to read his article.

Judith Welles is a local historian who wrote the book, Cabin John: Legends and Life of an Uncommon Place. In her book you can find information about Cabin John Gardens. Click here to read her article from the Cabin John Village News.