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Author: Dennis Partridge

Virginia and Maryland

Fort Myer, Virginia – The principal military post near Washington. Giesborough Point on Potomac – In the early days land fronting on either bank of the Eastern Branch was considered very valuable. Giesborough Manor occupied the land opposite Greenleaf Point, now Arsenal Point. This old manor house was noted for its hospitality, and was Standing until 1888 when the central portion was destroyed by fire. Large brick house just below Giesborough on river bank was built by Ignatius Fenwick Young. Marshall Hall, on East bank of Potomac – Built in 1700 by Joshua Marshall. Home of Thomas Marshall, Surgeon General during the Revolutionary War; also served in the War of 1812, where he lost his eye-sight. Fort Washington, Maryland – On the Potomac River, opposite Mt. Vernon at Digges Point. Formerly called Fort Warburton. In 1808 this point, a fortified place of defense, with garrison of 120 men. Fortifications blown up and abandoned in advance of British on Capital in 1814. Major L’Enfant put in charge of reconstruction in 1815. Broad Creek Church (St. John’s) – Situated 6 miles south of Congress Heights, in Prince George’s County, Md., near Indian Queen Point on the Potomac. Pulpit installed here in 1915 by D. C, D. A. R. Bladensburg, Md. – Four miles northeast of Washington, on the Baltimore Turnpike. In the early days the Eastern Branch of the Potomac was...

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Suburban District of Columbia

Woodley Road, N. W. – “Twin Oaks.” Former home of the late Hon. Gardner C. Hubbard, President of the National Geographic Society.Woodley Road, N. W. – “Woodley.” Planned to conform to “Old Bachelor’s Home” in Mrs. Gaskill’s “Crawford.” Judge Philip Barton Key, uncle of Francis Scott Key, and who married the sister of Mrs. Uriah Forrest, lived here. Presidents Van Buren, Tyler and Buchanan summered here, as did later the Clevelands. Standing.35th St. and Woodley Road – “Beauvoir.” Former residence of Newton D. Baker, Secretary of War. Site of summer home of Admiral George Dewey.3501 Newark St., N. W....

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South West Section District of Columbia

South West Washington’s shipping section was part of the holding of Notley Young. Water St. (East and west sides between U and V Sts.) S. W. – George Washington acquired here in 1793 in what was “Carrollsburg Section” about six lots of land as above Stated. At that time this part of city was believed to be the coming maritime port of Washington. Greenleaf’s Point, S. W. – Greenleaf ‘s Point at junction of Potomac and Eastern Branch. Beginning of the present arsenal military depot established by the government under M. Villard, a Frenchman, friend of Lafayette. Charles Carroll, Jr., father of Daniel Carroll, planted here the settlement of Carrollsburg. Washington Barracks. – Foot of 4½ St. S. W. – This was the site of an Indian Council camp afterwards an arsenal. Now Army War College and Engineering School located here. N St. S. W. Greenleaf s Point – From here ran an old canal to Eastern Branch connecting Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. It appears on map of Major L’Enfant of 1791. 6th St. at Greenleaf’s Point, S. W. – Mark Ward’s Tavern near Morris’ and Nicholson’s Wharf. Passage engaged here on packet sailing from this wharf between Georgetown, Greenleaf’s Point and Alexandria. South Capitol between M and N Sts, S. W. (Sq 651) – ”Twenty Buildings” constructed here by Greenleaf, Law et al in 1796 Started large development...

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South East Section District of Columbia

Anacostia – Appears on oldest map of Captain John Smith in 1612. Indian name, “Nacotchtank.” Henry Fleet, captured by Indians, called it Nacostine – “Great Town for Traders.” Anacostia – Barry Farm, now Hillsdale -Owned by James Barry, who held much property both sides of the Eastern Branch. He was first president of the City Council Chamber. Died in 1807. In 1868 farm purchased by Freedmen’s Bureau for freed slaves. Anacostia – John Howard Payne, author of “Home Sweet Home” lived here. Also Frederick Douglas (colored) Minister to Haiti. Eastern Branch – Now called Anacostia River. Quoting Winchester’s “Early Wash-ington:” – “The Eastern Branch is one of the safest and most commodious harbors in America, being sufficiently deep for the largest ships for about four miles above its mouth; while the channel lies close along its side adjoining the city and affords a large and most convenient harbor.” Eastern Branch, south bank, Bladensburg to Potomac – A line of Indian village sites has been traced here. Also at intersection of N. J. Ave. and Virginia Ave., S. E. 14th St. and Virginia Ave., S. E. – Old Eastern Branch ferry once located here. Eastern Branch – John Travers’ Hotel built July 1793. Earliest hotel in the city limits Stood here. Area bounded by N St., south, to L St., north, 3rd St. and Indiana Ave., N. W., to 3rd...

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Sons of The Revolution – Society of The District of Columbia, Membership Roll, May 1891

Society of The District of Columbia, Membership Roll, May 1891 Officers President: Hon. John Lee Carroll. Vice-President: Rear-Admiral Francis Asbury Roe, U. S. Navy. Board of Managers: Lewis Johnson Davis; Major Clarence Edward Dutton, U. S. Army; Rear-Admiral Samuel Rhoads Franklin, U. S. Navy; Commodore James Augustin Greer, U. S. Navy; Frank Warren Hackett; Archibald Hopkins; Brigadier-General William Beatty Rochester, U. S. Army; Capt. Daniel Morgan Taylor, U. S. Army; Secretary: Charles Worthington, 1409 L Street. Treasurer: Alexander Brown Legare, 1726 I Street. Registrar and Historian: Gaillard Hunt, 1466 Rhode Island Avenue. Chaplain: Rev. George William Douglas, D. D. Membership Roll John B. Abbott, Grandson of Amos Abbott, Captain in Joshua Abbott’s Company, Col. John Stark’s Regiment. Was a United States pensioner at time of death. Philip Rounseville Alger, Great-great-grandson of Capt. Levi Rounseville, 9th Massachusetts Regiment. Nicholas Longworth Anderson, Grandson of Brig. Gen. Richard Clough Anderson, of the 6th Regiment Virginia Continental Infantry; original member of the Society of the Cincinnati. Davis Carneal Anderson, Grandson of Brig. Gen. Richard Clough Anderson. (See N. L. Anderson.) George Burwin Anderson, Grandson of Percival Butler, 2d Lieutenant 3d Pennsylvania Regiment; original member of the Society of the Cincinnati. George Smith Anderson, Great-great-grandson of Ganin McCoy, Captain 1st Battalion Somerset County (New Jersey) State Troops. Rene Bache, Great-great-great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Harold Binney, Great-grandson of Josiah Talbot, private in Capt. Samuel Fisher’s...

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Pennsylvania Avenue and The Malls District of Columbia

Penna. Ave. and 1St St., N. W. – Peace Monument (or Naval Monument), “in memory of officers, seamen and marines of the U. S. Navy” in Civil War; by F. Simmons. Penna. Ave and 1St., N. W. – In Botanical Garden, Statue of Gen. Grant, by Henry M. Shrady. Penna. Ave., N. W. corner 2nd St., N. W. – First site of Baltimore and Ohio Ry. Station called Washington Branch Depot. Formally opened August 25, 1835 with locomotive Arabianis drawing cars. Two trains ran per day. Ticket office surmounted by belfry and bell rang ten minutes before train time....

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North East Section District of Columbia

Union Station Plaza, N. E. – Statue of Christopher Columbus, by Lorado Taft. A St., just East of s. e. corner of 1St and A Sts., N. E.- Second Tunnicliffe Tavern. – In 1794 Mr. Tunnicliffe, proprietor of the Eastern Branch Hotel, with George Walker erected a hotel on this site, called Washington City Hotel, management of Tunnicliffe 1794-1804. East Capitol St., north side, East of 1St St., N. E. – Rev. George Ralph, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, purchased for $2,400, from the Commissioners, a house located here, occupied by Mr. Hallett, where he opened in 1795 a day and boarding school, one of the early private schools. East Capitol St., north side, near 1St St., N. E. – Here was once the home of Lund Washington, Jr., son of Steward of Gen. Washington at Mt. Vernon. He was appointed Postmaster in 1796 and established the post office in this house. East Capitol St., between 1St and 2nd Sts, N. E. – On February 1St, 1813, Capitol Hill Market was opened here in center of Street. Lafayette, in his triumphal visit in 1824, was escorted to Capitol by way of this market place, where every Stand was profusely decorated. An arch spanned East Capitol St, and school children crowded the line of march, singing and Strewing flowers in welcome. 21-23-25 1St St., N. E. – “The Brick Capitol”...

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List of Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Washington DC

Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia – More than 25,000 soldiers and sailors of the U. S. lie buried here, including many famous officers. The first burial here was that of 12 soldiers on May 14, 1864, and was witnessed by President Lincoln. In 1910 the body of L’Enfant was transferred here from the Digges place at Green Hill, Maryland. On May 15, 1920, the Memorial Amphitheater was dedicated. Here were held the exercises over the body of the Unknown Dead on Nov. 11, 1921. Arlington Mansion, built in 1802, was the home of George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Martha...

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I thru R Street, State Named Streets District of Columbia

I S. W. cor. 15th St., N. W. – Hamilton Fish of N. Y., when Secretary of State lived in house on this site. Now occupied by residence of John R. McLean of the Washington Post. This house faces McPherson sq. connected with the Story “Senator North” by Gertrude Atherton. I St., S. E. cor. 15th St., N. W. – (Liberty National Bank) Site of old Chamberlain Hotel occupying site of 3 houses formerly belonging to Fernando Wood, Ex. Governor Swann of Md. and James G. Blaine. Chamberlain Club, former meeting place of National Statesmen and men of letters once located here. 1535 I St., N. W. – Former residence of James G. Berret, Mayor of city during Civil War. I St., N. E. corner of 16th – Home of Dr. Samuel C. Busey, historian and author. 1617 I St., N. W., next to Army and Navy Club – Formerly residence of George W. Riggs, founder of Riggs Bank. I St and Connecticut Ave., N. W. – Army and Navy Club on site of home of Gen. Albert F. Myer, Chief Signal Officer U. S. A. for whom Ft. Myer is named. Myer home built by Elisha Riggs was a perfect example of Gothic architecture. 1634 I St., N. W. – Facing Farragut sq. For-mer home of Benjamin Tracy, Secretary of Navy under President Harrison; scene of terrible fire...

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Historical Dictionary of District of Columbia

The first mention of the upper Potomac and its environs to Indian Head, 30 miles south of Washington, is made by Captain John Smith exploring from the Jamestown Settlement in Virginia 1608. In 1634 Henry Fleet who was taken captive by Indians, visited the falls of the Potomac. In 1633 a tract of land (400 acres) called “Rome” was laid out for Francis Pope, Gentleman: the Capitol is said to be on this land. In 1790 the region in which the city of Washington was to be built was in the form of large farm tracts, covered with woods...

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