The Etta Mae Inn is rich in history and tells the story of urban development
and the transition to modern day Takoma Park.
Park residents opened their newspapers one November morning in 1964 to discover
that something called the North Central Freeway would soon come right through
their neighborhood. The Save Takoma Park Committee was soon formed to
raise money and support, which eventually brought down the freeway proposal
in 1970. Their efforts helped save numerous parks and playgrounds as well
as many historical neighborhoods.
Mae Davis was the outspoken leader of the Save Takoma Park Committee. In
her testimony before the House Subcommittee on Public Roads, Mrs. Davis
saving grace in the fight to save my own home is I have been involved with
people of all backgrounds, colors, capabilities, and politics to save their
own homes and the Nation's Capital... I am a conservative and I like that
word as I believe in conserving. I would like to see a committee established
to take a long look at what man is doing to his environment today... I shudder
when I think of the heritage we are leaving our children..."
words still ring true today. Her home that she fought so hard to defend
is still standing. It is the Grahill-Davis house at 703 New York Avenue.
home was purchased in 1987.
came over to this country as an au pair from Holland against the wishes
of her father. She fell in love with the country and has been
here ever since. Her unique Dutch style is present throughout the house
from the fresh cooked pastries to the room decor.
have helped keep the house a part of the Takoma Park community with annual
Easter egg hunts, gingerbread house making contests, and countless weddings
and other social gatherings. They are proud of the home's history and hope
you will come be their guest.