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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.

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.

Historic Train station in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Why Is It Named Gaithersburg?

The town currently known as Gaithersburg was settled in 1765 under the name Log Town. Like much of the area, it was primarily agricultural. Benjamin Gaither inherited much of the land from his father-in-law, Henry Brookes, and built a house on it in 1802.

Why Is It Named Ballston?

Ball's Crossroads was established as a village in Arlington County in 1874, and in 1895, the official name was changed to Ballston.

1800 Plan of Washington and Capitol Hill Lots

Plan of part of the city of Washington : on which is shewn the squares, lots, &c., divided between William Prout Esq'r and the Commissioners of the Federal Buildings, agreeably to the deed of trust / laid down from a scale of 200 feet pr. inch by N. King, 1800.

John Adams nominates John Marshall to become Chief Justice - January 20th, 1801

Gentlemen of the Senate … John Adams Nominates John Marshall to be Chief Justice

We love these. Amazing letters saved by the National Archives. This one is from President John Adams — who just lost the election and was out of office in about 10 weeks — nominating John Marshall to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This was what Adams had to say about nominating John Marshall. […]

Robert Brent

Who Was the First Mayor of Washington?

Who was the first mayor of Washington? It wasn't Walter Washington or Marion Barry. Have you hear of Robert Brent? He was Thomas Jefferson's friend.

Arlington House (Library of Congress)

Why Is It Named Arlington?

What is the origin of Arlington County's name? The story dates back to an old plantation near today's National Airport.

Video Visualizing Early Washington, D.C.

If you’re a serious D.C. history nerd, you’ll find this just as fascinating as I do. It was produced by UMBC’s Imaging Research Center (IRC) about a year ago. The voiceover is a little dry, but follow along and watch the whole thing. It’s very interesting. Here’s a cool screenshot of the final scene, imagining […]

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