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DC’s Historic Sites: Welcome to Georgetown

Session 2 of 6-Session Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 12:00 p.m.
Code: 1B0182

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Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in Georgetown

This lecture is part of two series:

Our D.C. lunchtime lecture series continues with Georgetown, a unique neighborhood that predates the establishment of the federal district and Washington City by 40 years. Founded in 1751 on 60 acres along the Potomac River in the province of Maryland, Georgetown was the farthest point upstream still navigable for oceangoing boats. After the establishment of the federal capital, Georgetown became an independent municipal government within the District of Columbia.

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 its west end. Much of Georgetown is surrounded by parkland and green space that serve as buffers from development in adjacent neighborhoods.

Featured Topic: Oak Hill Cemetery

Established by an act of Congress in 1849, Oak Hill is one of the nation’s finest examples of garden cemeteries. Along with wooded trails and gardens, Oak Hill is home to a Gothic Revival chapel designed by James Renwick; the Van Ness Mausoleum designed by George Hadfield; and the dramatic “Heron” fountain. It is the final resting place of many famous Washingtonians, including Edwin Stanton, Philip Barton Key, W.W. Corcoran, and Myrtilla Miner.

The speaker is Dave Jackson, superintendent of Oak Hill Cemetery.


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