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George Calvert - Baron of Baltimore
Why Is It Named Maryland?
What's the origin of Maryland's name? And, what was the early pyramid scheme used to attract residents to the new colony? The answers may surprise you.
Why Is It Named Clarendon?
Clarendon started as a development off of the Georgetown to Falls Church road (now Wilson Blvd.) and the Washington, Arlington, Falls Church Railway.
Aerial view of Pennsylvania Avenue looking west, showing Federal Triangle and the National Mall. (2006)
Federal Triangle History: The Story Behind A Name
The history behind the Federal Triangle moniker reveals an intriguing story intertwined with the urban evolution of Washington D.C. in the early 1900s.
Why Is It Named LeDroit Park?
LeDroit Park was established as one of the first suburbs of Washington, D.C. It was named for a family member of the founders Amzi Barber.
The History of Mt. Pleasant: From Pleasant Plains to The Raven
Have you ever wondered why Mt. Pleasant is called Mt. Pleasant? Learn the story of how James Holmead's land grant in 1727 became the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of today. Plus, see an old land survey from 1804!
Why Is It Named Woodley Park?
The namesake in England no longer stands as it was torn down in 1962, but the one in Woodley Park is still there. In 1950 it became the property of the Maret School and currently serves as a library and administrative building.
Oak View - home of President Cleveland - Oct. 3, 1897
Why Is It Named Cleveland Park?
What is today Cleveland Park was an area for well-off Washingtonians to build their summer cottages. It was far enough away from swampy hot downtown and elevated to provide some breezy relief.
Tysons Corner history: What it looked like in 1936
What Is The History of Tysons Corner?
Tysons Corner or Tysons used to be called Peach Grove. William Tyson owned a farm west of DC which would become the site of a major shopping mall.
Welcome to the Palisades sign
The Fascinating Story Behind the Renaming of MacArthur Blvd.
Learn the fascinating story behind the renaming of MacArthur Blvd. in D.C. It was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1942 to honor General Douglas MacArthur, the famous World War II general. Read on to learn more!
Tunlaw Rd. and 39th St.
Why Is It Named Tunlaw Road?
There once was a great suburban Washington estate called Tunlaw, in what is today Wesley Heights - the home stood at 45th and Klingle.

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