This is a really cool old sketch of the original land owners for the city of Washington. Make sure you read this old post about the original land owners. The map was done in 1874 and represents Washington as it would have looked before 1792.

map of original land owners for city of Washington
map of original land owners for city of Washington
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Source: Library of Congress

And, this is a good read about how John Adams traveled from Philadelphia to Washington as the first president to take up residence here.

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.