Georgetown history is an integral part of this fascinating neighborhood located in Washington, D.C.. People love the historic townhomes, the cobblestoned streets and brick sidewalks, the waterfront properties along the Potomac River, and the luxury real estate that has been owned by journalists and authors, senators and diplomats. Many parents buy homes here for the Georgetown University students while others choose to downsize and move here from around the DC metro area, drawn by the walkability, small parks and great restaurants.
While many people assume that Georgetown was named for King George of England, this is possibly a mistake. Georgetown history suggests that Georgetown was named for George Gordon, a Scottish immigrant and wealthy landowner, who very well known in the Maryland colony. He served as the Sheriff of Frederick County, as well as the judge of its first court. In the 1730s, he purchased the 300-acre Rock Creek Plantation, a tobacco farm on the banks of the Potomac River. His success attracted another George - George Beall - to start farming tobacco nearby. In 1751, the Maryland Assembly decided that that location was perfect for a small town and they bought some of the land from the two Georges.
But while it might seem fair to name a town after the two local landowners who gave their land for it, there still is some belief that Georgetown was named after King George II of England. The one thing that is clear is this part of Washington DC is named Georgetown. If you want more history about Georgetown, just click here.
SCHOOLS IN GEORGETOWN
Schools in Georgetown range from elementary schools to high schools, public schools and private, Catholic schools and single sex. If you are looking for arts focused schools or foreign language immersion, there is a school for you and your family. To see what school choices are available for children living in Georgetown from public to private to parochial and more, click here.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES IN GEORGETOWN
Family activities in Georgetown include outdoor activities like kayaking and canoeing on the Potomac River and hiking along the C&O canal. Other popular family activities are shopping and eating, visiting museums like the Old Stone House and national park sites like Theodore Roosevelt Island. Here are some recommendations for family activities in Georgetown which will satisfy everyone.
DON'T FORGET ACTIVITIES FOR POOCH, THE BEST OF THE FAMILY
With all the parks and waterfront trails, there are lots of activities for you and your dog. To check out some, just click here.
Georgetown has a number of small and some big parks to enjoy with your pooch on both sides of Wisconsin Avenue and at the upper part of Georgetown. If you are looking for Georgetown dog friendly activities, what could be better than throwing a ball with your pet in a green park?
RESTAURANTS IN GEORGETOWN
Georgetown restaurants offer so many choices – of cuisine, of price and location. You can eat at a French restaurant like La Chaumiere one night and a college hang out like the Tombs the next night. Dine on the waterfront and then eat in a tiny townhome just off M Street. Georgetown restaurants give you lots of great options! You should read this list and then immediately head over to Open Table to make your reservations for tonight!
WANT TO LIVE IIN GEORGETOWN?
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