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Georgetown was established in 1751, and while part of Washington DC's Northwest Quadrant, the town is older than the city in which it now lies. Georgetown's location was chosen since it is the farthest up the Potomac ships could navigate, and it became a thriving port for tobacco. Later, the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal was constructed along the edge of the Potomac in Georgetown, much of which is preserved today. The neighborhood boasts the oldest building in Washington, DC--the Old Stone House (1765). Dumbarton Oaks (1800) is a grand home and gardens in Georgetown where the UN charter was outlined in 1944.

Georgetown was the home of Francis Scott Key (hence the Key Bridge) as well as John Kennedy before he became President. Famous graduates of Georgetown include President Bill Clinton; basketball players Patrick Ewing and Allen Iverson, and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic university in the country, is in this neighborhood, as are the French, Mongolian, Swedish, Thai, Venezuelan, and Ukrainian embassies. Georgetown today is a favorite shopping and dining center in the city.

Unfortunately, Georgetown is really the only destination neighborhood without a convenient Metro stop, but it's not too far from Foggy Bottom Metro.

  • Last visit to Georgetown: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    The first time in DC we stopping and got off to have breakfast in Georgetown and came across the Old Stone House. I absolutely loved the tour and all the countries history! Great page!

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    A very well done page on Georgetown. I spent an enjoyable evening in Georgetown in the mid 1990s on my sole visit to Washington D.C. I did not realize Georgetown had so many parks.


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