In , the city constructed the Whitehurst Freeway , an elevated highway above K Street, to allow motorists entering the District over the Key Bridge to bypass Georgetown entirely on their way downtown. Map of Washington, D. In the early s, John Ihlder led efforts to take advantage of new zoning laws to get restrictions enacted on construction in Georgetown. In , English fur trader Henry Fleet documented a Native American village of the Nacotchtank people called Tohoga on the site of present-day Georgetown and established trade there.
Treat yourself to some pampering! Georgetown is one of the few neighborhoods in Washington that can be reached by water. Recent newcomer Zannchi on Wisconsin Avenue has also received rave reviews.
For the largest selection of Belgian beers in the region and fine Belgian cuisine, head to The Sovereign in a quaint alley off Wisconsin Avenue. Key Bridge Boathouse is the place to go to rent kayaks, canoes, or take a paddling lesson. For the adventurous fitness fanatics, try the stand-up paddleboard yoga or fitness classes. Go 'farm-to-taco' at Chaia , with their scrumptious vegetarian tacos on Grace Street.
The old Seattle Brewery was reopened and expanded after Prohibition ended. The red brick brewery, home to artists and small businesses, dominates the commercial district along Airport Way S. Recent years have seen the opening of several microbreweries with pubs in Georgetown, in a nod to the neighborhood's roots fitting with its revival as an entertainment and cultural district. The unincorporated community was named Georgetown by Julius Horton, after his son, in In Georgetown's first local school was established.
In the Seattle-Tacoma interurban line came through Georgetown, which became the site of its car barns. In the Georgetown Steam Plant brought electric power to Georgetown as well as providing power for Seattle streetcars and the Seattle-Tacoma interurban line. Georgetown incorporated in largely as a defense against prohibitionism in Seattle, which with its southward growth encroaching on Georgetown and a State law prohibiting manufacture or sale of alcohol within one mile of a dry city threatened Georgetown's saloons and breweries.
With Seattle increasingly cracking down on public sinfulness within its boundaries, Georgetown caught the windfall with its twenty-four 24 hour saloons, some of which advertised lodging arrangements, and horse racing track. The movement for annexation began in but did not gain significant support until Following presentation of a petition for an annexation vote, a special election was held on March 29, The annexation proposition passed with votes in favor and opposed.
The City of Georgetown, with its residents, was officially consolidated with Seattle on April 4, Statewide Prohibition, enacted in , closed Georgetown's largest industry, but the district remained a growing industrial and transportation center for Seattle. Straightening and deepening of the Duwamish waterway completed in made it accessible to ocean-going ships, bringing more waterfront business to the area. A meander loop in the center of Georgetown was cut off and filled;  the area became a new warehouse district served by rail spurs.
The main north-south automotive route through the Puget Sound region was established along Georgetown's western margin by The King County Airport opened south of Georgetown in and would facilitate the rise of Boeing as Seattle's major economic engine. Following the burgeoning industry and trade came a steep decline of the residential neighborhood. The speculative purchases were not, however, profitable and caused Stoddert much difficulty before his appointment as Secretary of the Navy to John Adams.
Stoddert was rescued from his debts with the help of William Marbury , later of Marbury v. Madison fame, and also a Georgetown resident. He ultimately owned Halcyon House at the corner of 34th and Prospect Streets.
After the establishment of the federal capital, Georgetown became an independent municipal government within the District of Columbia, along with the City of Washington, the City of Alexandria , and the newly created County of Washington and County of Alexandria now Arlington County, Virginia. By the s, the Potomac River had become silted up and was not navigable up to Georgetown.
It was never profitable. The Canal nonetheless provided an economic boost for Georgetown. In the s and s, Georgetown was an important shipping center.
Tobacco and other goods were transferred between the canal and shipping on the Potomac River. As well, salt was imported from Europe , and sugar and molasses were imported from the West Indies. The municipal governments of Georgetown and the City of Washington were formally revoked by Congress effective June 1, , at which point its governmental powers were vested within the District of Columbia.
By the late 19th century, flour milling and other industries in Georgetown were declining, in part due to the fact that the canals and other waterways continually silted up. Abert led efforts to dredge the channels and remove rocks around the Georgetown harbor, though these were temporary solutions and Congress showed little interest in the issue. Soon thereafter, new construction of large apartment buildings began on the edge of Georgetown. In the early s, John Ihlder led efforts to take advantage of new zoning laws to get restrictions enacted on construction in Georgetown.
Georgetown was home to a lumber yard, a cement works, the Washington Flour mill, and a meat rendering plant, with incinerator smokestacks and a power generating plant for the old Capital Traction streetcar system, located at the foot of Wisconsin Avenue, which closed in , and was demolished in October In , the city constructed the Whitehurst Freeway , an elevated highway above K Street, to allow motorists entering the District over the Key Bridge to bypass Georgetown entirely on their way downtown.
In , Public Law was passed, establishing the historic district of "Old Georgetown". In , the Georgetown Historic District was listed on the U. National Register of Historic Places. Georgetown is home to many politicians and lobbyists. Georgetown's landmark waterfront district was further revitalized in and includes hotels such as a Ritz-Carlton and a Four Seasons. Georgetown is bounded by the Potomac River on the south, Rock Creek to the east, Burleith and Glover Park to the north, with Georgetown University on the west end of the neighborhood.
Much of Georgetown is surrounded by parkland and green space that serve as buffers from development in adjacent neighborhoods, and provide recreation. As a result, there are some rather steep grades on streets running north-south. The famous " Exorcist steps" connecting M Street to Prospect Street were necessitated by the hilly terrain of the neighborhood. The primary commercial corridors of Georgetown are M Street and Wisconsin Avenue , whose high fashion stores draw large numbers of tourists as well as local shoppers year-round.
There is also the Washington Harbour complex on K Street , on the waterfront, featuring outdoor bars and restaurants popular for viewing boat races. Between M and K Streets runs the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal , today plied only by tour boats; adjacent trails are popular with joggers or strollers.
Georgetown in the s had a large African-American population, including both slaves and free blacks. Slave labor was widely used in construction of new buildings in Washington, in addition to provide labor on tobacco plantations in Maryland and Virginia. Slave trading in Georgetown began in , when John Beattie established his business on O Street and conducted business at other locations around Wisconsin Avenue.
Slave trading continued until the midth century, when it was banned. In the late 18th century and 19th century, African Americans comprised a substantial portion of Georgetown's population.
The census reported the population in Georgetown at 5,, which included 1, slaves and free blacks. Prior to establishing the church, free blacks and slaves went to the Dumbarton Methodist Church where they were restricted to a hot, overcrowded balcony. The church was originally located in a small brick meetinghouse on 27th Street, but it was destroyed by fire in the s. The church was rebuilt on the present site. Throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries the concentration of wealth in Georgetown sparked the growth of many university-preparatory schools in and around the neighborhood.
One of the first schools was the Columbian Academy on N Street, which was established in with Reverend Stephen Balch serving as the headmaster.
Private schools currently located in Georgetown include Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School , while nearby is the eponymous Georgetown Day School. Georgetown Preparatory School , while founded in Georgetown, moved in to its present location several miles north of Georgetown in Montgomery County.
The main campus of Georgetown University is located on the western edge of the Georgetown neighborhood. Father John Carroll founded Georgetown University as a Jesuit private university in , though its roots extend back to As of [update] , the university has 6, undergraduate students and 4, graduate students on the main campus.
Campus green areas include fountains, a cemetery, large clusters of flowers, groves of trees, and open quadrangles. NW in October on the site of the former Georgetown Reservoir. An earlier public library in Georgetown was endowed by financier George Peabody in and opened in a room of the Curtis School on O Street opposite St. John's Church in In the early s a library committee was formed to encourage the establishment of a new public library branch in Georgetown.
Georgetown's transportation importance was defined by its location just below the fall line of the Potomac River. Wisconsin Avenue is on the alignment of the tobacco hogshead rolling road from rural Maryland , and the Federal Customs House was located on 31st Street now utilized as the post office. Several streetcar lines and interurban railways interchanged passengers in Georgetown. The station was located in front of the stone wall on Canal Road currently occupied by a gas station adjacent to the Exorcist steps , and the former Capital Traction Company 's Car Barn at the end of the Key Bridge.
Four suburban Virginia lines, connecting through Rosslyn, Virginia , provided links from the D.
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