History & Culture

Bust of Catherine Filene Shouse displayed on a stone pedestal.
Bust of Catherine Filene Shouse displayed on a stone pedestal in the park.

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On October 15, 1966 an Act of Congress (Public Law 89-671) provided for the establishment of Wolf Trap Farm Park (the park's original name) in Fairfax County, Virginia. The park was established "... for the performing arts and related educational programs, and for recreation use in connection therewith..."

The park's name was officially changed from Wolf Trap Farm Park to Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts on August 21, 2002 (Public Law 107-219).

Learn more about the park’s history and unique cultural significance on the following pages:

2021 Cultural Landscape Report

Catherine Filene Shouse

Theater 101

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