1880s

J.E.B. Stuart

125 Years Ago: The Marriage of J.E.B. Stuart’s Daughter

The Baltimore Sun on January 6th, 1887 has a notice of the Waller-Stuart wedding, which happened the day prior in Staunton, VA. This of course is notable because Miss Virginia Pelham Stuart was the daughter of the J.E.B. Stuart. We...

Old Executive Office Building Under Construction

Check this out … what a fascinating old stereographic photo of the Old Executive Office Building, then known as the State, War, and Navy Building, adjacent to the White House. John DeFerrari posted a great history of the building on...

1890s Map of Diarrhea Deaths in Washington

This is one of the more bizarre maps that we’ve uncovered. It certainly demonstrates how different the times were with such a high incidence of death due to diarrhea in the 19th century. Sanitation wasn’t exactly high caliber as you...

Adams Morgan Map From 1888

Adams Morgan didn’t exist in 1888. Back then it was called Washington Heights as many of the other uptown destinations began their lives similarly: Cleveland Heights, Friendship Heights, Massachusetts Avenue Heights. If you’re curious to know the story about how...

Cleveland Heights - 1889

1889 Cleveland Park Real Estate Ad

At the time, Grover Cleveland lived north of the city in a lovely old estate called Oak Hill. Eventually, the neighborhood that grew up around his home was named for him: "Cleveland Park".