During the 1800s the White House was much more accessible than it is today and informal social events were often held at the executive mansion. In this photo, a group is picnicking on the White House grounds with the Treasury Department building visible in the background. Unlike today, this area has the look of a forest with many large trees. Before the McMillan Commission’s redesign of the Mall in 1902 the area was a series of meandering paths, gardens, and dense trees.
Learn more at Histories of the National Mall.

During the 1800s the White House was much more accessible than it is today and informal social events were often held at the executive mansion. In this photo, a group is picnicking on the White House grounds with the Treasury Department building visible in the background. Unlike today, this area has the look of a forest with many large trees. Before the McMillan Commission’s redesign of the Mall in 1902 the area was a series of meandering paths, gardens, and dense trees.

Learn more at Histories of the National Mall.

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