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Georgetown Historic District
Map of Washington, D.C., with Georgetown highlighted in maroon.
Location:Roughly bounded by Whitehaven Street, Rock Creek Park, the Potomac River, and the Georgetown University campus
Coordinates:38°54′34″N 77°3′54″W / 38.90944°N 77.06500°W / 38.90944; -77.06500Coordinates: 38°54′34″N 77°3′54″W / 38.90944°N 77.06500°W / 38.90944; -77.06500
Area:750 acres (300 ha)
NRHP Reference#:67000025
Significant dates
Added to NRHP:May 28, 1967
Designated NHLD:May 28, 1967
Map of Washington, D.C., with Georgetown highlighted in maroon.

Georgetown is a neighborhood in Washington, D.C., along the Potomac River. Georgetown started as a separate city in 1751 before the area became the District of Columbia. Georgetown stayed a separate city until 1871, when the United States Congress took away its charter. Another law in 1895 canceled Georgetown's laws and renamed the streets to match those in the city of Washington. Today, stores, bars and restaurants in Georgetown are on M Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Georgetown has the main campus of Georgetown University. The embassies of France, Mongolia, Sweden, Thailand, and Ukraine are in Georgetown.


Historic landmarks

Georgetown has many historic landmarks including:


  • Ecker, Grace Dunlop (1933). A Portrait of Old Georgetown. Garrett & Massie, Inc.. 
  • Gutheim, Frederick Albert, Antoinette J. Lee (2006). Worthy of the Nation: Washington, DC, from L'Enfant to the National Capital. Johns Hopkins University Press. 
  • Lesko, Kathleen M.; Valerie Babb and Carroll R. Gibbs (1991). Black Georgetown Remembered : A History of Its Black Community From The Founding of "The Town of George". Georgetown University Press. 
  • Mitchell, Mary (1983). Glimpses of Georgetown: Past and Present. The Road Street Press. 
  • Weiss, Eric M., "Public Works - Oldest Bridge Reopens", Washington Post, Thursday, May 17, 2007, page B-5.

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