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Book Hill Park is located at Reservoir Road and Wisconsin Avenue, NW, behind the Georgetown Public Library. This was the site of the original Georgetown reservoir that served this part of the city from 1859 to 1932. Not too long ago the park was a mess of overgrown brush and lacking amenities, but local community members have been organizing and cleaning the place up. In 2005 the remaining sections of the original 1871 fence were restored, and the signs were placed. Numerous flowers and trees have been planted on the hillside including thousands of daffodils and several cherry trees donated by the Japanese Embassy.

There is a set of stone steps leading to the top of the park. At the top there are numerous benches with views down Wisconsin Avenue, of the towers at Georgetown University, and across the Potomac to Rosslyn.

You would normally be able to enter the park from the library, but a recent fire damaged the building and access is restricted by a fence.

This resevoir was part of the larger Washington Aqueduct, America's first public water system. This system, created from 1853 to 1863, still collects water far upriver at Great Falls and feeds the city through the original aqueduct system. Just down Reservoir Road from Book Hill Park is the newer and larger Georgetown Reservoir which holds water from this system today.

The plaque on the fence reads:

"National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century

Site of the Original
Georgetown Reservoir
1859-1932

Stone Wall and Iron Fence
1871

Placed by the
District of Columbia State Society
April 2005"

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  • Updated Mar 11, 2009
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