Georgetown is located alongside the Potomac River in the northwest corner of Washington DC. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods with a lot of history and was founded back in 1751. The establishments mainly started from the ports of Georgetown, which then fell under the Province of Maryland. Previously, Georgetown was a separate municipality and was only included under the whole district of Columbia in 1871. Again in 1895, a few acts were passed which changed many of the older ordinances and also renamed a larger portion of the streets in present day Gerogretown.
Georgetown is mainly a commercial and entertainment district and houses a number of high end bars, restaurants and shopping malls. The main commercial areas are at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. Then there are the popular waterfront restaurants at Washington Harbor, K street.
Georgetown also has a number of historically significant landmarks like the Volta Bureau and the Old Stone House. The district also has the offices for embassies of France, Iceland, Cameroon, Kosovo, Mongolia, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Ukraine, Thailand and Venezuela.
In the olden days, Georgetown fell under the British colonies. Georgetown was also the farthest point for the ferry boats to travel upstream. Back then, this area fell under the Maryland Province of British colony. There also exists a documentary dating back to 1632, filmed by Henry Fleet, a fur trader. It was filmed in the native American village of Nacotchtank.
The Georgetown port was first used for tobacco trading. Later in 1745, George Dordon built a tobacco inspection, house alongside the port. After that settlement eventually started springing up in the area. Houses, warehouse and wharves were built and the place turned into a thriving port for the trade of all sorts of goods from the colonial lands, especially in Maryland.
Georgetown is quite a posh area and this has favored the rise of many prestigious schools in the district. There are preparatory schools as well as the universities. The Columbian Academy on N Street, established in 1781 was the first school in the area and had reverend Stephen Balch as the headmaster when it started. Then there are private schools like the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and Georgetown Day School. The Georgetown University has been there since 1789 and has approximately 4490 graduates.
In the olden days, ferries were the main mode of transportation in Georgetown. Today, the area is crisscrossed by several street car lines and suburban railways. Although there are no metro stations in Georgetown, there are three stations at a distance of about 1 mile from the center of the town.
Place to visit:
The Chesapeake and Ohio canals were used extensively in tobacco trades. Today, it only serves as a serene towpath with trails running alongside it. It is perfect for strolls, running or cycling.
The lush green manicured lawns and the beautifully sculpted fountains make the place look almost magical. There is also a museum adjacent to the park, specializing in Columbian art.
This famous staircase at 36th street has been filmed in many movies. This was the place where father Karass tumbled to his death in the Exorcist. This stone staircase is also a favorite spot of the fitness freaks.
Boating in Potomac
You can rent ferries and kayaks and go boating on the Potomac. The riverside offers great views and a thrilling adventurous experience.
Here you can catch some drinks and also enjoy some great jazz and blues. The place in designed in the style of 1920 jazz clubs.
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