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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.
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