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  • THE OLD STONE HOUSE, GEORGETOWN
    THE OLD STONE HOUSE, GEORGETOWN
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  • ROW OF COLONIAL BUILDINGS, M STREET
    ROW OF COLONIAL BUILDINGS, M STREET
    by matcrazy1

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    The oldest building in DC

    by matcrazy1 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    THE OLD STONE HOUSE, GEORGETOWN
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    Favorite thing: There is the Old Stone House in M Street which is believed to be the oldest building in DC (1765). It's a 2-floor, gable-roofed pretty building mostly made of stones, indeed. Only its typically high, thick, put outside but adjoining the side wall chimney is made of bricks.

    Georgetown, named in honor of British King George II, was officially formed in 1751, 39 years before Washington DC and the tobacco was a lifeblood of a tiny community by the river in the beginning. Soon it expanded into a profitable shipping community, a commercial and industrial hub around the waterfront an eventually was annexed to Washington City in 1871 by Congress.

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    Colonial architecture and more

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 25, 2005

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    ROW OF COLONIAL BUILDINGS, M STREET
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    Favorite thing: I would like to come back to Georgetown for a few reasons.

    ARCHITECTURE
    I walked along main street called simply M Street there and back (over 0.5 mi one way). While Urszula was doing shopping (luckily mostly window shopping) in numerous cloth stores I enjoyed seeing perfectly preserved rows of colonial houses. Some of them are brick and not painted some are painted in bright colours. Don't skip backstreets (those going southwards) which may lead you to lovely set up restaurants and futher to some fancy residencies. But keep in mind that even if you are twice taller than average Japanese their fences are higher. If you are lucky you can see upper floors of their houses.

    WATCHING PEOPLE
    Well, surprisingly there were almost no visitors (I mean tourists) on business day around sunset but more and more locals doing shopping on the way back home. The funniest is to watch all those confused customers, especially guys and boys who desperately and fast, often unsuccesfully try to find some clothes to look better, thinner, younger or just amusing. Opss... I am one of them but I luckily wasn't forced to try anything in those numerous shops. Those always smiling shop assistants who use different tricks and ways to both sell something and help me, always confuse me.

    OTHER ATTRACTIONS
    Check Georgetown website. I'd choose first:
    - Oak Hill Cemetery
    - Dumbarton House and Dumbarton Oaks.

    SHOPPING AND EATING
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    • Historical Travel
    • Budget Travel

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