Washington, D.C. Neighborhoods for History Enthusiasts

Washington, D.C. Neighborhoods for History Enthusiasts

December 2, 2013 | Best Cities and Neighborhoods, Best Neighborhoods

The perfect neighborhood is different for everyone–some like access to public transportation while others want a budding nightlife. For American history buffs, a location with opportunities to uncover more of our nation’s past is a necessity. If you’re looking to move to one of the many Washington, D.C. neighborhoods, you are sure to find what you’re looking for.

Washington, D.C., has endless opportunities to journey through time. There are Civil War reenactments happening year round in different locations. If you are a lover of American history, a Washington, D.C. apartment in one of these endlessly interesting neighborhoods is the place for you.Here are some of D.C.’s most historic districts:

Capitol Hill

Known for government buildings such as the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, Capitol Hill is at the heart of the nation. It’s the perfect neighborhood in which to explore and learn. Established in 1880, the Library of Congress is home to more than 155 million items. You can spend your free time deep in text or peering through historic newspapers. If you prefer sightseeing as your daily dose of history, the government  buildings are just as stimulating.

Georgetown

Located on the Potomac River–which saw numerous battles of the Civil War either on or near its shores–this section of Washington, D.C. is great for the lesser-known dirty details of history.

It is also home to Georgetown University, where classes began in 1792. The oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States, Georgetown University acted, in part, as a temporary hospital during the Civil War. When the war finally ended, students chose blue for the Union and gray for the Confederacy to be represented in their flag. Many of the homes in town were 1800s fraternity houses used by Georgetown University students.

Living in this Washington, D.C. neighborhood, you’ll also find architectural history like Georgian mansions, Federal and Classical Revival houses, and late Victorian Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque rowhouses.

Downtown/Penn Quarter

Home to Ford’s Theatre, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the Penn Quarter is a great neighborhood for a history enthusiast. The Newseum takes patrons through the history of newspapers, starting with the invention of the printing press.

Dupont Circle

Take a walk through architectural history in the Dupont Circle neighborhood to see Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Anne homes. At the center of town is the white marble Dupont Memorial Fountain, designed by the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, Daniel Chester French.

National Mall

Located near a slew of museums, National Mall will afford you many opportunities to expand your knowledge of U.S. history. This park is surrounded by several Smithsonian museums, including the American History Museum and the Natural History Museum. It is also home to monuments such as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool.

 

 

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