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The historic, Washington, DC, neighborhood of Georgetown
, situated on the banks of the Potomac River, is a vibrant, and exciting area for a stroll along the cobblestone streets, shopping at chic boutiques and touring, historic, Federal Style row houses. There is so much going on in Georgetown to stimulate the senses, every visitor to Washington DC
, should set aside at least a full day, to fully experience all that Georgetown has to offer.
A Little History
- Georgetown was known as a bustling and thriving port town, home to wealthy tobacco dealers, and freed slaves throughout the 1800s. It became part of the Washington District in 1871. Many of the wealthy residents built stately, Federal, Georgian, and Victorian style homes and row houses, which still today, line the historic district along N Street.
When the Potomac River, flooded the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, in the 1920s, the canal fell into disuse, and the age of railway travel dealt the canal its final death blow. No longer a busy port town, the neighborhood declined, until it was re-discovered once again by the fashionable and the wealthy, most notably, former President, John F. Kennedy.
House Tours, Canal Rides and Restaurants
- Georgetown is a perfect neighborhood for history and architecture buffs, with many historic homes open for public viewing, showcasing preserved examples of early Georgian, Adamesque Federal Style, Victorian, and Richardsonian Romanesque. The Old Stone House, is the oldest home in Washington, built in 1765, before the Revolutionary War, and has been impeccably restored.
The Tudor Place, was once the home of George Washington’s granddaughter, and is filled with items once belonging to the first president. The Dunbar House, a stunning Georgian style mansion, with formal gardens, is also worth a visit.
After an afternoon of house touring, try a mule drawn canal ride, along the C&O Canal, to view the lovely, period homes on the banks of the Potomac River, and then venture to M street for a casual meal, or brunch at Clyde’s, on the outdoor patio. For an exciting spot known for intrigue, try Chadwick’s, famous for their crab cakes, and the notorious spy, Aldrich Ames, who used the busy restaurant to sell state secrets to the secretary of the Russian embassy in the 1980s.
How to get to Georgetown: Subway to Foggy Bottom/GWU Station (blue, orange Lines)
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