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Explore over 1000 years of civilization and how they lived in the environment that surrounded them. Dig deep and uncover Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens History. The National Park Service's Museum Resource Center also maintains a collection that includes artifacts and original artwork by Helen Fowler.


In 1880, a man purchased a house and property in Washington DC along the Anacostia river. His passion, hobby, and love for water lilies turned his 30 plus acre ponds and water gardens into a successful commercial business. Today, these historic ponds, water gardens and original green houses from Walter Shaw still exists at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens. Learn more about Walter Shaw and his daughter Helen Fowler.


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Photos and more

Experience the park and see it through the lens. From winter snow and icy ponds, all the way to flower blooms and turtles basking on logs in the summer. Park photos.

Last updated: July 3, 2019

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1900 Anacostia Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020


(202) 692-6080

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