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Why Is It Named Centreville?
Centreville, VA was established in 1792 by local landowners with the intent of creating a center point between the more established towns: Alexandria, Colchester, Dumfries, Middleburg, Georgetown, Warrenton, and Leesburg. Learn more about its fascinating origin story here.
View of Washington from Georgetown in 1801
A Foreigner's Impressions of Washington in 1799
What did the new capital look like in 1799? This is an account John Davis, an Englishman who spent four years in the late 18th century traveling up and down the east coast of the new country.
Why Is It Named Meridian Hill?
Pierre L'Enfant had originally planned the City of Washington around a right triangle, with the eastern portion at the Capitol, the northern portion at the White House and the 90 degree angle close to where the Washington Monument sits today. Thomas Jefferson marked this spot in 1793 with a wooden post, which was replaced in 1804 with the Jefferson Pier.
Monument ("Washington Monument"), Washington, D.C. Rendered perspective
Washington Monument Almost Built As Pyramid
What if the Washington Monument was built as a pyramid instead of an obelisk? It could have been if this design came to fruition.
1906 map showing the original boundary milestones of the District of Columbia
Map of All D.C. Boundary Stones From 1906
Working under commissioners that President Washington had appointed in 1790 in accordance with the Residence Act, Major Andrew Ellicott led a team that placed these markers in 1791 and 1792.
Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of t[he] United States : projected agreeable to the direction of the President of the United States, in pursuance of an act of Congress, passed on the sixteenth day of July, MDCCXC, "establishing the permanent seat on the bank of the Potowmac"
Exploring the Plan for the Federal City with a Terrific Old Map
Discover the plan for the federal city with a terrific old map from the Library of Congress. Explore the projected layout of the city to gain insight into the history of the United States.
Cadastral survey map of Charles Carroll Jr.'s land in central Washington D.C. in 1793
1793 Map of Carroll Family Land in Washington
What did the land in and around Washington look like at the end of the 18th century? This map shows the Carroll family land in what would grow into DC.
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A Rare 1795 Map of the Territory of Columbia and the City of Washington
Explore a rare map from 1795 showing the Territory of Columbia and the City of Washington surrounded by Maryland. Click to view a larger version and learn more about this piece of history.
Who Were the Original Land Owners in Washington, DC?
The map was done in 1874 and represents Washington as it would have looked before 1792.
early map of Washington
That's Right - The Patawmack River, Not the Potomac: An Early Map of Washington
Check out this cool map of what would become the City of Washington. It was done around 1893 near the city's centennial. View the Patawmack River, not the Potomac, in this early map of Washington.

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