Another great find courtesy of Dig DC and the DC Public Library. This is the Southworth Cottage at 36th and Prospect in Georgetown, home of noted author Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth, taken in 1909.
She was a contemporary and friend of Harriet Beecher Stowe, as well as a supporter of women’s rights. Below is her obituary which we came across in The New York Times, printed July 1st, 1899.
WASHINGTON, June 30.–Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth, the novelist, died at her residence in this city, at 8:30 o’clock tonight.Mrs. Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth, more commonly known by the word formed by her initials, which was taken by her as a name–“Eden” Southworth–was the most voluminous producer of fiction in the literary history of this country, having been the author of more than sixty novels and stories….Mrs. Southworth began the production of stories while she was a teacher in the public schools of Washington. At that time hse had to support herself and her two children and undertook to add something to her small salary as teacher. She began by contributing short stories to The Visitor, a paper published in Baltimore by Dr. Snodgrass. This was as early as 1843 …In 1840 she married Frederick H. Southworth of Utica, N. Y. She settled in a villa on the Potomac Heights, Washington, in 1853, where she lived until 1876 when she removed for a time to Yonkers, in this State. For some time before her death she ad lived in Prospect Cottage, Georgetown, near Washington. It overlooked the Potomac, to which her birth on its banks and her long associations had firmy [sic] attached her
Sadly, the house was razed in 1942. Also note that the cottage used to sit at the top of the Exorcist Stairs.
Here’s our favorite photo of the old cottage after it was no longer a residence.
Below is another photo of the cottage, courtesy of the DC Public Library’s Flickr page.
And another one from Dig DC.