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Rockville, Maryland
Why Is It Named Montgomery County? The Etymology of the 10th Richest County in the US
Learn the etymology of Montgomery County, the 10th richest county in the US. Find out why it was named after Major General Richard Montgomery, who was killed in action in 1775.
Silver Spring, MD
The History of Silver Spring, MD: Francis Preston Blair and the Blair House
Learn the history of Silver Spring, MD, from Francis Preston Blair's mica-flecked spring to the 20-room mansion he built and the Blair House. See the 1850 U.S. Census and more!
Bloomingdale row houses (source: gullivers-nest.blogspot.com)
A Look Back at the Beale Family and the Origins of Bloomingdale
Discover the history of the Beale family and the origins of Bloomingdale. From the estate to the War of 1812 to the U.S. Census in 1850, learn the fascinating story behind this D.C. neighborhood.
Constitution Avenue
Why Is It Named Constitution Avenue?
Do you know why it's named Constitution Avenue? There's an interesting story behind it which includes the state of Wisconsin.
Arlington House (Library of Congress)
The Origin of Arlington's Name: From Earl to Lee's Estate
What is the origin of Arlington County's name? The story dates back to an old plantation near today's National Airport.
Captain John Smith map - full size (1612)
Why Is It Named Anacostia?
Curious why it's named Anacostia? Check out the history which goes back to Captain John Smith in the 17th century.
Rock Creek Park stone bridge - Beach Drive
An Introduction to the Boulder Bridge of Rock Creek Park
Get to know the history of the Boulder Bridge of Rock Creek Park, designed by Captain Lansing H. Beach and constructed in 1902. Learn about its designer, Major General Beach, and the Melan method of construction used for the span.

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