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Object ID 1000.127.08
Title 7401 Brookville Road
Object Name Exhibit
Date 2009
Creator Evelyn Gerson
Description 7401 Brookville (Brookeville) Road "End Lane" Bradshaw House (p. 8 of 8: see 1000.127.01-07)
Exhibit by Evelyn Gerson for the 2009 Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala at 7401 Brookville Road

Brook Farm Tea House (La Ferme Restaurant)
This tea house on the No Gain farm drew customers out from the city, but also offered refreshments to locals or people just passing through town. A careful look at the postcard etching hints to the footprint and roofline of La Ferme, the renovated restaurant that presently
occupies the building. Eventually the building was sold from the No Gain estate, but continued to operate as a restaurant until the Depression forced it to close. Years later, the restaurant reopened as the well-advertised Jack Davis Brook Farm Restaurant. For a brief period it was also a school as well as a house of magic.

Brook Farm Tea House, 6501 Brookville Rd, 1935, postcard from the CCHS collection [2007.32.18]

Brook Farm, 6501 Brookville Road, 1938, postcard from the CCHS collection [2007.32.19]

Interior of Jack Davis Brook Farm Restaurant, circa 1960, postcard from the
CCHS collection [2007.78.04]

Brook Farm Restaurant Matchbook Cover, from the CCHS collection [2006.37.11]

Sources:

Lampl, Elizabeth Jo. and Kimberly Protho Williams. "Chevy Chase: A Home Suburb for the Nation's Capital." Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Maryland Historical Trust Press, 1998.

Offut, William. "Bethesda: A Social History of the Area Through World War II." Bethesda, MD: The Innovation Game, 1995.

Wright, Gwen, William B. Bushong and Clare Lise Cavicchi, "Chevy Chase, Maryland, Survey District: Survey Report: Phase Two," Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, June 1997.

Wanted: more pictures of Sections Three and Five

Do you have old photographs of people, places, and happenings in these neighborhoods? Do you have not so old photographs of a house recently renovated or razed, a festive block party, or even a town council meeting? What may seem uneventful to you might have tremendous interest to future generation of people living in Chevy Chase. Change in our community happens so quickly that it is difficult for us to keep up with documenting it. Please help the CCHS preserve our history and donate copies of your photographs.