Joaquin Miller Cabin

This cabin was built by noted American poet Joaquin Miller (1837-1913) in 1883 across from Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park, but it has since been relocated to Rock Creek Park.

The Joaquin Miller Cabin is located within Rock Creek Park, sited at the north end of a large meadow-like picnic grove. Historic photographs indicate that Miller, a famous American poet, erected his house on a log foundation with log walls. Seeking a peaceful place to "find his muse," Miller built his cabin while in Washington to pursue politics; he stayed there periodically between 1883 and 1885.

As development around present-day Meridian Hill (Malcolm X) Park threatened the cabin in 1911, it was disassembled and moved from its original location to a new site in Rock Creek Park, where it was dedicated on June 2, 1912. Newspaper coverage of the building's move and reconstruction indicate that great care was taken in dismantling the building and replicating its appearance. Original building fabric was lost in the move, but Miller's cabin was reconstructed with a high degree of visual accuracy in terms of its design, materials, and workmanship.

DC Inventory: November 8, 1964
Within Rock Creek Park Historic District



Beach Drive north of Military Road, NW