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When Col. Jehiel Brooks’ heirs subdivided his Northeast D.C. farm in the 1880s, they created one of Washington’s first suburbs. Newcomers flocked to Brookland, building big Victorian houses amidst the greenery, and the Catholic Church helped the village’s clean-air reputation by building lush campuses for a Franciscan monastery and Catholic University. A century laterwith its old houses and wraparound porches lacking the real estate cachet of contemporaneous streetcar ‘burbs like Cleveland ParkBrookland remains one of D.C.’s best-kept secrets. Ask the experts why during the history lectures, walking tour, and picnic that mark Brookland Day, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Catholic University’s Crough Center, in Koubek Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. $25. (202) 955-5616. (Michael Schaffer)