Georgetown

Georgetown offers luxury real estate, fine dining, unique & upscale retail, swank hotels and a famous university. From tobacco port to elegant residential address and commercial success, Georgetown has always been integral to DC's identity.


Plan your day over a steaming cup of chaider at Baked & Wired. Brave the lines at Georgetown Cupcake. Give your fingers and toes a treat at Georgetown Day Spa. Enjoy the views from the rooftop at Rosewood. Break bread on the patio at Chez Billy Sud and sip your favorite vintage at ENO Wine Bar. Watch the river traffic from the patio at Fiola Mare. Rub elbows with Capitol Hill mucky-mucks at 1789.

Explore Cady’s Alley. Lunch by the fountain at Leopold's Kafe. Snap a selfie with your fav feline at Crumbs & Whiskers. Gather produce at the Rose Park farmer's market. Bring home deli from Stachowski's. Shop Italian-style at Via Umbria. Free yourself from The Escape Room. Roam cobblestone streets and canals, paddleboard at Key Bridge Boathouse and watch the sun set from the Potomac. Charter a yacht. Kayak. Visit the Old Stone House.

Increase the size of your wardrobe as you stroll M Street, Wisconsin Avenue and the quaint side streets of the East Village. Got a couple of mil left at the end of the day? Snap up a little historic house. Parking’s extra.

Georgetown History

SCHOOLS

HYDE-ADDISON ELEMENTARY

Public • Grades PK-5

HARDY MIDDLE

Public • Grades 6-8

WILSON HIGH

Public • Grades 9-12

For a full, updated list of schools, visit EBIS. Click the cap to go to school website. School data by SchoolDigger

TRANSPORTATION

FOGGY BOTTOM METRO

2 BUS LINES

4 BIKESHARES

5 CAR SERVICES

Neighborhood History


"Tohoga"

Before becoming an English port, Georgetown was a fur trading post. English fur trader Henry Fleet documented a Nacotchtank village named "Tohoga" in 1632 and established trade there. A tobacco inspection house was added by George Gordon along the Potomac in the mid-1700's. The site was already a tobacco trading post by then. Warehouses, wharves, and other buildings followed, and Georgetown rapidly grew into a ambitious community that evolved into a bustling port and town. The port of Georgetown was active 40 years prior to the establishment of the federal district and the City of Washington. Georgetown was built on the fall line and was the last port upstream that oceangoing vessels could travel on the Potomac River.

George II of Great Britain

Georgetown was founded during the reign of George II of Great Britain and it is widely believed that the town was named for him, although its founders were both named George (Beall and Gordon). Georgetown was officially founded in 1751 and issued a charter by the Maryland Legislature and incorporated in 1789, but never officially made a city. Georgetown held to its status as a separate municipality until Congress created a new consolidated government for the District of Columbia in 1871. It wasn't until 1895 that Georgetown's remaining local ordinances were repealed by a separate Act. The neighborhood's streets were then renamed to conform with the street plans in the City of Washington.

The Old Stone House

The Old Stone House was built in 1765 on M Street and is the oldest original structure in the District. The first church in Georgetown was a Lutheran house of worship located on High Street. A Presbyterian church followed in 1784 and the Trinity Catholic Church was built in 1795 including a parish school-house. St. John's Episcopal was consecrated in 1809. Georgetown's first newspaper was the Republican Weekly Ledger, first printed in 1790, followed by The Sentinel, published in 1796, and others. Next came the banks. Farmers and Mechanics Bank opened in 1814, followed by the Bank of Washington, Patriotic Bank, Bank of the Metropolis, and the Union and Central Banks of Georgetown. Postal service began in 1790. The neighborhood's first tavern, City Tavern, was established in the late 1700's and is still operating today near Wisconsin Avenue and M Street.

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