Georgetown

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.
Whitehurst Freeway / Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway, Washington, District of Columbia, DC

Georgetown’s Whitehurst Freeway Opens in 1949

It sure isn’t pretty, but it’s quite effective at diverting traffic from Rosslyn, around Georgetown and onto K St. Granted, traffic is still horrific on Key Bridge, M St., and K St., but imagine how it...
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
Bridge spanned the Potomac River from Georgetown to Rosslyn, Virginia and was demolished after construction of the Key Bridge

Cool Photo of Aqueduct Bridge in 1910

This cool old photo of Aqueduct Bridge shows what it looked like 105 years ago. Source: Dig DC
Plat of the tracts of land called "Mill Seat," "Philadelphia," and "Frogland," from the original patents as located in Georgetown D.C. / B.D. Carpenter, surveyor.

Know These Georgetown Neighborhoods? Frogland, Philadelphia, and Mill Seat

Do you know any of these old Georgetown neighborhoods? Here is an old map of Georgetown from 1885. 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...
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...
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:...
View of four boats in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal lined up to cross the Potomac Aqueduct Bridge. The boats are owned by the Canal Towage Co. (misspelled "Towace). The postcard's reverse is stamped "Sunday Magazine April 16, 1933."

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in 1909

Here’s a great shot of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in 1909. Source: Dig DC
View of the M Street NW elevation of the two-story Key Mansion with Key's single-story law office attached to west side of structure. A portion of the commercial building continuing west along the street is also visible.

Francis Scott Key Lived in This Georgetown House

It’s so sad that this house no longer stands. The house stood roughly where Key Bridge enters Georgetown today. The address was 3518 M St. NW. Source: Dig DC
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...

1874 Map of Georgetown’s Old Street Names

Check out this terrific 1874 map of Georgetown with the old street names. Source: Dig DC

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...
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,...
Que Street NW between 27 and 28, "Bellevue" Rittenhouse home, built about 1750, was the home of Joseph Nourse and Washington was a frequent guest here - #544

Dumbarton House (formerly Bellevue) on Q Street: George Washington Stayed Here

This is a photo of a beautiful old mansion which still sits in upper Georgetown. Formerly known  The home was called Bellevue and sat about 100 feet south of where it sits today on Q Street....

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....