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History DC Area Directory If you are a history buff then the DC area is the place for you. From Virginia to Maryland, you can explore American and world history in our great museums and historical areas. This guide points to historical resources in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
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Civil War Traveler

Civil War sites in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with brief history, description of interpretation and directions. National and state parks, museums, Virginia Civil War Trails, events, photos and historic pictures.
ID Number : 7666
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DC Years : 1799 - 1808

December 14, 1799, was a sad day for Washington DC and the rest of the world. Our beloved first President, George Washington passed away. Congress was in session at Philadelphia, and had received President Adam's reminded legislators that under the provisions of the Residence Bill of 1799 Congress should convene in the permanent seat of government on the first Monday in December 1800. Washington's dream would come true.
ID Number : 23053
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ID Number : 23055
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 1  Presidential Inauguration Guide

Inauguration Day is a national celebration of the peaceful transition of the president-elect becoming president. At about noon, the president-elect takes the oath of office, traditionally administered by the Chief Justice of the United States, using the form mandated in Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

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Stonewall Jackson House

The Stonewall Jackson House at 8 East Washington Street in Lexington, Virginia is the only home that the famous Confederate General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson ever owned. Jackson and his wife, Mary Anna Morrison, lived in the house while he taught at the Virginia Military Institute before the Civil War. The house, a Registered National Landmark, is owned and operated by the Stonewall Jackson Foundation.
ID Number : 19028
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Washington DC History

Since 1571, Washington DC has steadily risen to international prominence. This guide points to historical resources in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
The DC History Project is cooperative effort made possible by volunteers in the DC Metropolitan area. New sections will be added as contributions come in. If you would like to make a contribution to the DC History Project please e-mail us at
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Washington DC Years : 1571 - 1703

Washington History necessarily begins on the Potomac River - known to many Native Americans as the "Co-hon-ho-roo-ta", to the Spanish as the "Espiritu Santo"; to the first English explorers as the "Elizabeth"; and to Lord Calvert's pilgrims as the "St. Gregory." "Europeans were on the Potomac River in the first half of the 16th century," says Catholic historian Shea. But the earliest explorer who is known to have sailed for any considerable distance up the river was the Spanish admiral, Pedro Memendez, founder of Saint Augustine (1565) and governor of Spain's Florida possessions. He ascended, in 1571, as far as Aquia Creek - possibly as far as Occoquan Creek, about 25 miles below Washington. His departure, in the same year, marks the end of Spanish connection with Potomac history.
ID Number : 23049
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Washington DC Years : 1703 - 1752

Immediately north of Thompson's New Troy tract (which extended far north of what is now called Capitol Hill) was a tract called Scotland Yard, Patented to Captain Robert Troope in 1663, or earlier; and immediately north of Troope's land lay the tract known as Room, or Rome, granted to Francis Pope in 1663, and wrongly supposed by many writers to include the high land upon which our Nation's Capitol now stands. In 1600 James Langworth, of Charles County, Maryland, bequeathed to his son John his rights in 670 acres "yet to be taken up"; this, it is thought, was the 600-acre tract granted to John Langworth in 1664 - the so-called Widow's Mite, lying to the north. It changed hands many times during the next 130 years. A tract known as Vineyard, in what became the Georgetown area, was patented to William Hutchinson in 1696; part of it was owned by Robert Peter in 1791. In 1703 Col. Ninian Beall, of Upper Marlborough, acquired much land in the same vicinity - the so-called Rock of Dunbarton (or Dumbarton), and that recorded as Beall's Levels. Part of the latter passed to the Burnes family, including much of the land now comprised in the White House region and along Pennsylvania Avenue to the east.
ID Number : 23050
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Washington DC Years : 1777 - 1790

During the Revolutionary period the Continental Congress was a somewhat nomadic body. At different times within a single year, 1777, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Lancaster, and York had the distinction of being the seat of Congress. In 1783 the delegates were comfortably settled in Philadelphia, and might have stayed there indefinitely had not mutinous continental soldiers come upon them suddenly, while in session, demanding their long overdue pay. Affronted and alarmed, Congress removed to Princeton, N.J., a small place soon deplorably overcrowded. The need for a permanent seat of national government, preferably some piece of virgin territory wherein a "Federal town" might be built, became imperative.
ID Number : 23051
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Washington DC Years : 1790 - 1798

In October 1790, President Washington took up his role of agent. He inspected many Potomac sites--from Conococheague, about 80 miles above the present city, to Oxon Hill, several miles below; and in January 1791 he made his decision, choosing the land in Maryland which is now the District of Colombia, and a smaller section across the Potomac in Virginia territory, including the town of Alexandria. In the same month he appointed Daniel Carroll, Thomas Johnson, and David Stuart as commissioners to superintend the building of the Federal City. Washington was also ready to employ L'Enfant to lay out the city and another surveyor, Andrew Ellicott, to survey the bounds of the Federal tract, 10 miles square. Ellicott came in February and L'Enfant in March. During the latter month Washington met the local landowners at Suter's Tavern in Georgetown, and persuaded them to sell at $66.00 and acre any land the Nation might need as sites or grounds for public buildings, and to permit the remainder of the proposed city area to be divided into lots and sold, the proceeds from every other lot to go to the Government. It was further agreed that no charge should be made for the land needed for highways.
ID Number : 23052
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Washington DC Years : 1809 - 1817

In 1809, the British minister Francis Jackson likened the American Capital to the British, yet spoke about Washington's "wild, desolate air from being so scantily and rudely cultivated." All were agreed, however, that Washington was charming during "the season." Mrs. Madison's drawing room would be filled with "gallants immaculated in sheer ruffles and small clothes", exchanging delightful small talk with "dainty belles in frills, flounces, and furbelows." But during the congressional recess even President Madison thought the city was "a solitude." "You cannot imagine", wrote Washington Irving in 1811, how forlorn this desert city appears to me, now that the great tide of casual population has rolled away."
ID Number : 23054
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