Why Is It Named...?

What is the history behind the names of popular locations in Washington?
Oak View - home of President Cleveland - Oct. 3, 1897

We're guessing a good number of you know the answer to this. There's also a good group of you who don't know, are quite curious,...

Tysons Corner 1936

We've been thinking about writing this post for quite some time. The mall in Tysons is currently the 13th largest in the United States and...

Welcome to the Palisades sign

If you're a fan of D.C. history, you'll know that MacArthur Blvd. used to be called Conduit Rd. You probably also know that it...

Tunlaw Rd. and 39th St.

For those of you who do not know this, you'll chuckle at how simple this is. There once was a great suburban Washington estate called...

Glebe Rd. and 13th

Who was Mr. Glebe and why does he have such a prominent road named for him in Arlington. One would think that he was...

Phoebe Hearst Elementary School

Hearst Elementary School up in North Cleveland Park, behind Sidwell Friends, is a cute little school for about 200 students. We've wanted to do...

Oak Hill

We're on a bit of a NoVA kick this week and wanted to do a little digging into the origin of another name, Annandale....

Centreville during the Civil War

Source: Documentarist This is an interesting, though somewhat obvious origin of a town's name: Centreville. The town of Centreville (it was originally Centerville) was established in...

Friendship, the home of the McLean family

World War II broke out at the end of 1941, and by 1942, Washington was seeing a massive influx of people moving in for...

Truxton Circle

Source: Greater Greater Washington Today, Truxton Circle is a phantom circle. It used to sit at the intersection of North Capitol St., Florida Ave., and...

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