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Fort Stevens in 1864

Civil War Reaches Tennallytown

The Civil War reached the outer edges of Washington in 1864. It was so close that President Lincoln rode near the front lines of Fort Stevens and came under fire.

1894 Map of Tennallytown and Reno

This map is so fascinating, showing Tennallytown (i.e., Tenleytown today) and Reno (long-since razed). It was done by G.M. Hopkins & Co. in 1894. Make sure you click on it for a larger version to examine the details. I’ll point out a few things of note. There’s a home diagonally positioned at 39th and Yuma […]

Tennallytown in 1903

What … did I spell this incorrectly? Nope, but you should checkout this post about the history of the neighborhood’s name. This map shows the area back in 1903 and it’s fascinating to see up close. Source: Library of Congress And here is the Google Map from today.

1980s Friendship Heights Metro Construction

Do you remember living in Washington during the 1970s? How about when the Metro was being built up along Wisconsin Avenue? We dug up this great old article in the Washington Post from January 26th, 1978. Here is a terrific old photo of the Friendship Heights station under construction. Below is a long excerpt from […]

Naked wild man

Who Was the Naked Wild Man of Tennallytown?

The newspapers during the summer of 1894 were full of bizarre stories about a wild man wandering the vicinity of Tennallytown (when was it renamed Tenleytown?). Beginning on July 22nd, sightings of a “half-nude crazy man” were happening across the area, so much so that an organized man hunt was put together to find and get rid […]

Tenleytown Metro

Why Is It Named Tenleytown?

Tenleytown was at one point called Tennallytown and Tenallytown. What's the origin of the neighborhood's name? Learn more.

1892 Map of Rural Area Around Tenleytown

How cool is this old map? It shows a very rural upper northwest Washington in 1892, with the area surrounding what is now Tenleytown. This map is from a U.S. Coast and Geodetic survey. Source: Library of Congress

1927 ad for Standard Plumbing Fixtures

Vacant Homes on Veazey Looted

Here’s a slightly humorous, and probably not uncommon today, article from the Washington Post, printed on May 13th, 1927. Plumbing fixtures, valued at $1,150, were stolen during the last two weeks from vacant houses at 3641, 3643, 3645, 3647, 3649 and 3651 Veazey street northwest. The robbery was reported to Fourteenth precinct police yesterday by […]

1907 Baist map of North Cleveland Park

1907 Map of Tenleytown and North Cleveland Park

This is a very different looking North Cleveland Park and Tenleytown area. Check out the proposed traffic circle that was never built at the intersection of Tilden, Idaho, and Reno. Also, look at all the undeveloped plots of land. Here’s the same map (roughly) today.

Fort Pennsylvania and encampment at Tennallytown near Washington, D.C. / drawn for Mr. George Baker by W.E. Cushing, Providence, R.I., 1862.

Fort Pennsylvania at Tennallytown in 1862

Below is a great Civil War drawing from 1862. It shows Fort Pennsylvania at Tennallytown, one of the many forts ringing Washington during the Civil War.

When Did Tennallytown Become Tenleytown?

Most GoDCers know that Wisconsin Avenue used to be called High Street in Georgetown and further up was known as Tennallytown Road. The history of naming decisions is always interesting, but sometimes the naming decisions not made are even more interesting. Below is a surprising article that we came across in the Washington Post from […]

Chevy Chase Circle (Wikipedia)

Chevy Chase Circle History

We haven’t done a “Three Things…” post in a while, so let’s go to the far reaches of the District, up to the Maryland line, and talk about some things you didn’t know happened there long ago. 1. The tragic suicide of a local tailor There’s always a macabre story when doing one of these […]

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