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"What’s in a Name? How Bethesda neighborhoods got their names" by William Offutt

Battery Park was named to attract servicemen and veterans into buying home lots. Greenwich Forest was intended to look like an English village.

For the history behind the names of Pooks Hill, Oakmont, Leland and other Bethesda neighborhoods, read “What’s in a Name?” by William Offutt on the Bethesda Magazine website (2009)