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    Old Stone House

    by Tom_Fields Written May 18, 2009

    So what's the big deal? This house is the oldest in Georgetown, built by a humble carpenter in 1765-66. Inside are restored colonial-era rooms. Next to the house is a charming English-style garden.

    It seems out of place standing along the busiest part of M St, Georgetown's main drag, surrounded by shops and restaurants. But it offers a bit of a respite from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown. And it's free.

    The Old Stone House on M St The fireplace The dining room The garden
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    Georgetown's Old Stone House

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    Georgetown's Old Stone House was built in 1765, and it is the oldest known structure in the Washington DC city limits. The house was initially built by a cabinet maker named Christopher Layman, then was expanded in 1767 by Cassandra Chew. The was was purchased by the Federal Government in 1953 and about 85 percent of the structure is the original construction.

    The Old Stone House has tours available Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00pm - 5:00pm. The bookstore is open every day from 12:00pm - 5:00pm. The peaceful garden out back is open for self-tours every day during daylight.

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    A must visit

    by PierreZA Written May 18, 2008

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    Georgetown is described as a neighbourhood of DC, but it almost feel like a totally different town. It is actually in Maryland, so strictly speaking it is a different town?
    It is quiet and laid back, with quaint old houses and shops. This is a good area for shopping and eating, as it has many different types of restaurants.
    There is no metro serving Georgetown, but it is a short drive from Du Pont Circle. Georgetown is one of the stops on the Open Top Bus Route.
    This is definitely on the ‘must do’ list when visiting Washington DC.

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    by doug48 Written Sep 22, 2007

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    pictured is a typical street in georgetown. the streets of georgetown are tree lined with beautiful federal style town houses. some excellent examples of georgetown architecture is the stone house, (3051 M street n.w.), wheatly row on N street, the laird-dunlop house. (3014 N street), and the thomas beall house once the home of jacquline kennedy, (3017 N street). a very nice neighborhood to visit when in washington d.c.

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    washington harbor

    by doug48 Written Sep 22, 2007

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    washington harbor is a complex of apartments, offices, shops, restaurants, and bars located on the potomac in georgetown. tour boats run from washington harbor to the mall. a very nice place to eat or have a drink and watch the boats on the potomac.

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    by doug48 Written Sep 22, 2007

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    georgetown is a very nice neighborhood just west of central washington d.c. pictured is the riggs national bank located on the corner of wisconsin & M street in the heart of georgetown. from this location most of the sights of georgetown are within walking distance. both wisconsin street and M street are lined with shops, restaurants. and bars. there is no metro service to georgetown so you must take a cab or the "circulator" bus to get there. see my transportion tips for more information.

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    Georgetown-Affluent and Historic Area of DC!

    by machomikemd Written Aug 15, 2007

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    Georgetown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Washington, DC and because of its prime location on the Potomac River served as a major port and commercial center during colonial times. Today, Georgetown is a vibrant community with lots of upscale shopping and restaurants along its cobblestone streets. Housing is expensive here and many of the homes are 200 year-old restored row houses. Most Georgetown University students live on campus or rent apartments uptown or nearby in Virginia.

    Georgetown was formally established in 1751 when the Maryland Assembly authorized a town on the Potomac River on 60 acres of land belonging to George Beall and George Gordon. George Town was named in honor of King George II. In 1871, it was annexed by the City of Washington.

    The area reached the height of fashionablity when Georgetown resident John F. Kennedy was elected president. Kennedy lived in Georgetown in the 1950s as both a Congressman and a Senator. Parties hosted by his wife, Jackie, and many other Georgetown hostesses drew political elites away from downtown clubs and hotels or the upper 16th Street corridor. Kennedy went to his presidential inauguration from his townhouse at 3307 N Street in January 1961. During the late 1960s and 1970s Georgetown was a popular venue for hippies and street people. During the 1980s and the 1990s Georgetown once again acquired a reputation as a center of wealth and style in the capital.

    P Street w/ Rail Car Spectacular Architecture Historic Houses Potomac River
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    Tudor Place

    by Tom_Fields Written Aug 6, 2007

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    Martha Washington's granddaughter, also named Martha, married a merchant named Thomas Peter. They had this estate built in 1805, with money from inherited from George Washington (Martha's step-grandfather). Completed in 1816, it remained in the Peter family until 1983.

    In 1988, the Tudor Place Foundation took over. Now, it's open for public tours. Each tour lasts about an hour--barely enough to cover the highlights of this home's long history.

    The house has an impressive collection of antique furniture, china, art, and many other items. Sorry, but NO photos are allowed inside. Feel free to take pictures of the outside, and the lush garden.

    Tudor Place The front gate The garden More of the garden A vintage car owned by the Peter family
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    Washington Harbor

    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 8, 2006

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    On the north bank of the Potomac River, in the heart of old Georgetown, is a popular summer gathering place known as Washington Harbor. Here are restaurants, bars, and shopping in a beautiful riverside setting.

    The nearest Metro is Foggy Bottom-GWU. It's a good walk, but the blue busses take you there for $1.50 each way (have exact change, please).

    Washington Harbor Looking toward the river Washington Harbor by night
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    Dumbarton Oaks

    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 6, 2006

    Dumbarton Oaks has an early 19th century mansion that was acquired by the Bliss family, and later deeded to Harvard University. It is still owned and administered by the university. Its libraries are still used for historical research. The mansion is surrounded by some of the best private gardens in the Washington area.

    In 1944, representatives of the US, Russia, and China met and negotiated the Dumbarton Oaks Proposals. These later formed the basis of the UN Charter.

    The mansion and libraries are undergoing restoration, and will not be open to the public until 2007. But the gardens alone make it worth the visit.

    The Dumbarton Mansion The Rose Garden The swimming pool The Pebble Garden The Fountain Terrace
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    Don't Miss These Neighborhoods

    by ForestqueenNYC Written Jul 29, 2006

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    You really must visit outside the museum and monument areas to get a true taste of the life of the city. Washington has so many wonderful areas, Georgetown and Upper Northwest are must sees. I have listed all the neighborhoods that I recommend on my home page.

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    For Hoya Wannabees

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 24, 2006

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    My son is a junior in high school and wanted to check out Georgetown University. That was what drew us the D.C. We took a college tour hosted by a Georgetown student. The day was beautiful, and we had a very enjoyable walk around campus.

    The campus has impressive buildings - old and new - and it seems every student has a cause. My favorite student club was the Grilling Club, whose members were grilling hamburgers in the main plaza during lunch. It's nice to see college kids engaged in an activity to keep them out of trouble.

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    The old washington

    by eternel2002 Written Apr 20, 2006

    Georgetown is one of the best area I like in Washington DC, I can say it's the old washington or the european side of the city with its architecture, but also with its caf?s/terraces, restaurents and other cool places, it's absolutly the active area in the city, you can also make a tour in the washington harbor which is very active especially during the evening. The georges washington university is in this area too!

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    Georgetown

    by Tom_Fields Updated Mar 4, 2006

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    This is THE place to go in the DC area for excellent shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and just to hang out. It was once a thriving tobacco port. Its historic 18th century buildings pre-date the official foundation of the city. Be sure to stroll the old canals that run throught this area.

    The oldest building in Georgetown is the Old Stone House from 1766. It is believed to have been built by the carpenter Christopher Layman. This is the only building in Georgetown that pre-dates the Revolution.

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    Old Quarter plenty of antique stores

    by dircelo Written Feb 13, 2006

    In Georgetown along Wisconsin Avenue at the lower end not far from M-street you find a good variety of antique and other stores. This area is very interesting and cosy to walk in. I do recommend visiting Dumbarton Oak, but for that there is a separate Tip due.

    looking down from a bus along Wisconsin Avenue getting closer to M-street at about R street
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