Shepherd Park was named after Alexander Robey Shepherd, who was the governor of D.C. from 1874-1875. Shepherd moved to the neighborhood in 1868 and built a Second Empire-style Victorian home on the corner of what is now Geranium Street and 13th Street. He also owned a plant nursery in the District where he planted over 60,000 trees and plants; many of the wild flowers that he planted still pop up every year in the yards of Shepherd Park residents. Because of his love for gardening, the streets within Shepherd Park are primarily named after flowers.
Quality of Life:
Shepherd Park is a residential neighborhood bounded by Eastern Avenue, Walter Reed Hospital, Georgia Avenue and 16th Street. The closeness to Rock Creek Park makes Shepherd Park a friendly shaded neighborhood with Colonial, Bungalow and Farmhouse style architecture.
Shepherd Park has one of the most active citizen’s associations in the District that has been around since the 1950s and continues to sponsor several community events each year.
Shepherd Park is close to Silver Spring and Takoma Park Metro stations, both offering red line service. Metro buses also frequent the area in downtown Silver Spring and throughout the Shepherd Park community for easy access to the city.
Ronald Reagan National Airport: < 10 miles
Washington-Dulles International Airport: < 30 miles
Baltimore-Washington International Airport: < 35 miles