This program is over. Hope you didn't miss it! Browse other programs we offer Historic Boundary Markers of the Federal District Morning Lecture/Seminar Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET Add to calendar iCalendar Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Outlook.com Code: 1NV064 Select Your Tickets Resize text Materials for this program Boundary Stones locations District boundary stone, Northwest Mile 7 The decision to locate the Federal District on the Potomac was partly due to George Washington’s passionate belief in the river’s strategic potential as a waterway to the West. When he ordered the laying out of a 10-mile-square district to be the seat of government, he directed that boundary stones mark one-mile intervals along its border. The first of 40 stones was placed with great ceremony on April 5, 1791, and although the government did not move here until 1801, these stones remind us of the Founding Fathers’ ambitious plans for the nation’s capital and of the area’s early history. In an engaging virtual presentation, historian Dakota Springston tells the story of the laying out the District’s boundaries by a team of surveyors, including the free Black man Benjamin Banneker. Using maps and visuals, he examines the boundary markers on the northern and western lines of the District, which are perhaps among the oldest remaining vestiges of the early-Federal era. The story of the stones and the people who surveyed and placed them offers insights into a period in which the idea of an American federal city became a reality. Patron Information If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.