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Message of President John Adams nominating George Washington to be Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of the Armies raised or to be raised in the United States
An Incredible Find: President John Adams' Letter Naming George Washington Lieutenant General
Check out this incredible find! We discovered a letter penned by President John Adams nominating George Washington of Mount Vernon to Lieutenant General and Commander in Chief of All the Armies. Read the full story here!
Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of the United States..
Why is Washington, DC Called the District of Columbia?
Explore the historical significance and meaning behind 'District of Columbia' in Washington, D.C. Uncover the origins of this iconic name and its relevance today.
1795 Plan of the City of Washington
Exploring the 1795 Plan of the City of Washington
Explore the first official plan of Washington D.C., published by Andrew Ellicott in 1792. Courtesy of the David Rumsey map collection.
View of the suburbs of the city of Washington
Beautiful Prints of Washington in the 1790s by George Isham Parkyns
Take a look at these beautiful prints of Washington as it looked in the 1790s. They were done by George Isham Parkyns and show a slightly different, more pastoral landscape. See the print of the Potomac and guess which island it is!
1791 L'Enfant Plan of the new city
Why Is There No J Street in Washington, DC?
In the English alphabet, the letter J looked too much like the letter I, so Pierre L'Enfant omitted J street in DC.
David Burnes' cottage in 1894 prior to razing (PGCist on Flickr)
Washington is Composed of Land from 19 Original Owners
19 original landowners were negotiated with, directly by George Washington in March, 1791. He met them during the day and in the evening, closed the deal with them at Suter's Tavern in Georgetown.
President's Palace design by John Collins
The Story of How The White House Got Its Name
Did you know the White House was once known as the President's Palace? Read on to learn the history of the White House and the story of the man who almost designed it - John Collins.
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If You're a D.C. History Nerd, You'll Find This Fascinating: A Look at the Capitol in 1814
Are you a D.C. history nerd? Check out this fascinating production from UMBC's Imaging Research Center that takes a look at what the Capitol looked like in 1814. The voiceover is a little dry, but follow along and watch the whole thing. It's very interesting!

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