Historical Events, Notable People & Places / 02.03.2012
The hundred square mile plot selected as the new seat of government was not unclaimed land. There were farms, estates and towns that were being swallowed up by United States government. But, I should add, that this wasn't a case of eminent domain. Nineteen original landowners were negotiated with, directly by George Washington himself at the end of March, 1791. He met with them during the day and in the evening, closed the deal with them at Suter's Tavern in Georgetown. By the way, Suter's -- formally known as the Fountain Inn -- was the main gathering place in Georgetown at the time and is purported to have been at what is presently 31st and K St. NW. After acquiring all the land for the new federal district, Washington wrote a letter to fellow Founding Father and Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson.