Georgetown is one of the most famous and historic neighborhoods of Washington DC. The waterfront town that was initially established in the year 1751 is lined with 18th and 19th Century architecture and cobblestone streets. What makes the Georgetown neighborhood unique and different from other neighborhoods is that it spectacularly blends the modern and old elements of DC.
This Washington DC neighborhood was home to some of the famous and iconic figures who were born in the country such as John F. Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Herman Wouk, Francis Scott Key, and Thomas Jefferson. Today, tourists from all over the world visit the Georgetown neighborhood of DC to admire its beauty and to check out the famous attractions in this neighborhood.
Georgetown is famous among both natives and tourists for its dining, shopping, and nightlife. However, several tourists who are going on Washington DC tour are not aware that this neighborhood has a rich and fascinating history.
The History of Georgetown
Georgetown is the oldest neighborhood in DC and it was initially established as a tobacco port town in Maryland approximately 40 years before Washington DC was founded. During the initial years, Georgetown neighborhood housed the Washington Flour Mill, cement works, and a lumberyard. Today, two of the most famous buildings in the US capital, the City Tavern Club and the Old Stone House are located within the Georgetown neighborhood of DC.
If you take a stroll through this neighborhood, you will be able to find brick and frame row houses, grand estates, and cobblestone streets that date back to early 1700’s. Below are some of the best things you can do and see in the Georgetown neighborhood while you are on a Washington DC tour.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
Take a short walk through the iconic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Washington DC and then stop at the Georgetown Visitor Center. From the Georgetown Visitor Center, you will be able to learn about the history of transportation and commerce in the capital of the United States. Park rangers and tour guides will take you back to the 1870’s to help you know more about the history of Washington DC.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal or the C&O Canal in the city is actually a historic park, which runs 184.5 miles along the Potomac River’s north bank. It starts in the Georgetown neighborhood and ends at Cumberland in Maryland. This famous canal, which is often called as the ‘Grand Old Ditch’ by natives initially opened in 1831.
The Georgetown Restaurants
Georgetown neighborhood is one of the best spots in Washington DC when it comes to nightlife and dining. You can find both cheap and luxurious restaurants along the cobblestone streets in Georgetown. If you are visiting DC with your loved one and want to surprise him/her with a romantic meal in an exquisite setting, then head straight to the famous 1789 Restaurant.
Farmers Fishers Bakers is another renowned restaurant in the neighborhood that serves delicious food. What makes this waterfront restaurant unique is that it focuses on sustainability. Another interesting thing to note is that the restaurants located on the Georgetown Waterfront get a bit trendy during the winter months. The outdoor seating spaces of these restaurants offer breathtaking views of the Potomac River.
The Shopping Experience
As mentioned earlier, Georgetown neighborhood in Washington DC is an ideal spot for nightlife, dining, and shopping. The shops in these neighborhoods are absolute treats for shopaholics. You can find plenty of antique stores, boutiques, and more in this neighborhood. Most of the famous shops in Georgetown are located along Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. If you are visiting Georgetown, then make sure to check out the flea market too.
American/Holiday is a rustic-inspired small goods shop in the Georgetown neighborhood that sells candles, melamine plates, perfectly patterned matchbooks, wool blankets, mason jars, and more. On the other hand, Ann Mashburn & Sid Mashburn retail store, which is operated by a husband-and-wife duo, will open your world into the latest trends and styles in men and women’s clothing.
Since Georgetown is one among the oldest neighborhoods in the city, you can find plenty of elegantly designed historic homes. Some of these historic homes were transformed into museums including the Old Stone House, Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, and the Dumbarton House. The Old Stone House is the oldest known private residence in the city while the Tudor Place Historic House and Garden used to be a National Historic Landmark that was owned by Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter.
If you wish to make the most of your Washington DC tour and learn more about its tradition, culture, and history, then you should try to visit these three museums. Tourists who are feeling tired should head straight to the Georgetown Waterfront Park to stay calm and relaxed.