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Georgetown

1830 Georgetown Map

Here’s a cool old map of Georgetown from 1830. You’ll notice the street names have since changed. Wisconsin Ave. was High St., M St. was Bridge St., and you’ll notice east-west numbered streets. Source: Library of Congress

1877 Map of Georgetown

This is a great old map of Georgetown. Click on it for greater details. Source: Library of Congress

Potomac and Georgetown Flood

This crazy old photos shows Georgetown’s flooding and the Potomac in 1918. Here’s another good piece about it at The Georgetown Metropolitan.

View of Georgetown D.C. / lith. and printed in colors by E. Sachse & Co.

View of Georgetown in 1855

This lovely painting shows Georgetown in the distance as it looked in 1855. Source: Library of Congress

Booming Georgetown in 1922

This great newspaper clipping is from The Washington Times on January 29th, 1922. Source : Library of Congress

Washington Post - April 29th, 1895

Where Was Herring Hill in Georgetown?

We once had a neighborhood called Herring Hill? True story. It was named for the fish pulled from Rock Creek, which, I don’t think are quite as plentiful today. Herring hill was the epicenter of the African-American community in eastern...

Georgetown waterfront

Drunken Sailor Creates Smallpox Scare in Georgetown

This isn’t the measles scare of today’s California. This was an article that we dug up in The Washington Post from May 3rd, 1881. For some historical context, a week before Billy the Kid escaped from jail in Lincoln County, New...

Washington, D.C., circa 1911. "Georgetown basketball." Our second look at the Georgetown Preparatory School JV squad. Harris & Ewing.

Georgetown Prep JV Basketball in 1911

Check out these great old team photos of Georgetown Prep’s JV basketball team from 1911. Awesome uniforms. Source: Shorpy Source: Shorpy Here’s the team photo for the current season. Looks pretty much the same right? Source: Georgetown Prep

View of the east and south elevations of Mrs. E. D. E. N (Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte) Southworth's cottage, located at the southwest corner of Prospect and 36th Streets NW. In background can be seen 1224 36th Street NW whose Prospect Street elevation is painted with "Drink Coca-Cola."

Quaint Old Southworth Cottage at 36th and Prospect in Georgetown

Another great find courtesy of Dig DC and the DC Public Library.This is the Southworth Cottage at 36th and Prospect in Georgetown, home of noted author Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth, taken in 1909. She was a contemporary and friend of...

Five Maps of Georgetown in 1903

These are amazing. Take your time studying them because there are so many incredible details in them. Click on them for larger versions. Below is one showing the waterfront. This one is pretty cool. Here’s one showing upper Georgetown and...

Georgetown students in 1895

Photo of Georgetown College Students in 1895

How things stay the same. Check out the faces and expressions of these young men. These guys aren’t that different from these guys about 40 years later. Source: Georgetown University I wonder if the guy at right, pointing to the other...

The Greatest Commencement Addresses in Washington, DC, Ever

It’s that time of year, again. Commencement speakers address graduating college and university classes, and inevitably their speeches are ranked, assessed, complimented, and criticized. This year, both NPR and Vox.com have compiled the best commencement speeches ever. From the lists they...

C&O Canal from Wisconsin Avenue Bridge, Georgetown circa 1920 (Library of Congress)

Unfaithful Husband Drowns Wife in Georgetown Canal

Here’s a story to throw into the crazy bin. We came across this piece in The Washington Post printed on June 24th, 1888. A brutal murder occurred in Georgetown shortly before midnight last night. Agnes Watson, a young colored woman, was...

Georgetown waterfront

Very Different Georgetown Waterfront in 1920s

This photo of the Georgetown waterfront was probably taken in the 1910s or 1920s. You’re not going to see any drunk Georgetown students wandering around in this one. Source: Library of Congress

`Key Bridge in 1965

Awesome 1965 Photo of Key Bridge

Hello GoDCers! Thursday is coming to a close, and tomorrow is Friday. So that’s great news. To celebrate, we’re sharing a great afternoon photo with you. This is a great photo that we dug up on Flickr. The photo was taken...

Horse Thief Shoots at Georgetown University Stableman?

This is a bizarre piece that we found in The Washington Post from January 12th, 1900. Considerable excitement was aroused in the corridors of Georgetown University about 7:30 last night by the sound of a pistol shot and shouting in the...

Healy Hall in 1940

Healy Hall in Brick? … Nevermind

Is this right? We need your help. We’re doing a little pre-posting for the next week and came across this fascinating photo. It appears to be Healy Hall at Georgetown, but it looks like it’s completely in brick. Is that...

1072 Thomas Jefferson St. NW

Then and Now: Thomas Jefferson Street in Georgetown

This is a small, little known block in Georgetown, but the photo below is beautiful. it’s from around 1899, and below it, you can see the same buildings today on Google Street View. Make sure to tweet this and share...

Flood caused by the ice jam in the Potomac River in March, 1918. Scene in Georgetown. General Photograph Collection, HSW

Georgetown Flood of March 1918

Check out this crazy photo. It’s almost hard to believe, but there was a huge flood in Georgetown back in 1918 and this is what it looked like (sorry for the blurry photo). Thanks so much to Adam at the...

Scandalous Love: The Bodisco Marriage

As the hamlet of Georgetown grew alongside the capital, it became a place for foreign dignitaries to reside, hoping to include themselves in the upper echelons of society. Marriage between prominent families to secure wealth, reputation, land and good name...