Washington DC has gone through a complex transition over the ages and currently has numerous historical places to behold. From its humble beginnings as a rural area with no development to its initial blueprint as the nation’s capital, to its expansion in size and growth in infrastructure at the onset of the 20th century, to its current place as an economic, political and cultural center, Washington DC is perhaps the most historically significant city in America.
Besides Philadelphia, the original capital of the nation, Washington DC also has its share of historical mysteries and majesties.
The 200-years old city is brought to life by its 96 historic places all located in various historic districts in the city. There are numerous local landmarks and historic neighborhoods that make the city a unique destination. For instance, the Octagon House, which is one of the city’s oldest buildings built by Colonel John Taylor, also has its own significant role in the American history.
Colonel Taylor was the man who offered his home to the first family (President Madison’s) to use as an Executive Mansion after the White House was burnt down by the British. It is in the tower room that Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent to end the war of 1812. While you there, also don’t forget to visit Ford’s Theater famous for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Through this guide, tourists can also be able to learn about and discover the Striver’s Section Historic District which has, since 1870’s, always been associated with African American leaders in education, business, religion, politics, architecture, art, science, and government. Learn about some of the most significant figures in this side of town like Frederick Douglass, who was branded the Father of Civil Rights Movement for his activism.
Travelers can also join the Washingtonians in their century-long practice of visiting the Eastern Market. This market forms part of a larger, public market system originally built to ensure orderly supply of necessities to the residents. Recently, the same market has acted as the focal point for the revitalization of the Capitol Hill neighborhood into a town center once again, both commercially and politically.
Washington DC has been divided into five sub-areas all highlighting important historic sites and monuments that shape its history. The Georgetown and Upper Northwest area has a number of attractions ranging from Takoma Park Historic District, Cleveland Park Historic Building, the National Zoo, Georgetown Historic District and the highly renowned Old Stone House.
The Old Stone House, located in the heart of Georgetown was built in 1765. It is Washington’s oldest private home known and it has been kept to depict the everyday life of the average citizen by that time. The historic house is open to the public and is managed by the National Park Service.
In the Dupont Circle and Embassy Row, a tourist can be treated to the Massachusetts Avenue Historic District which is home to the National Trust for Historic Preservation Building, Mount Pleasant Historic District, and the Kalorama Triangle Historic District. The Sheridan Kalorama Historic District hosts the Meridian Hill Park, The Woodrow Wilson House and the Striver’s Section District among several other churches, courts, cathedrals, temples, houses, schools and hotels of historic importance.
The most popular historic places in Washington are however located in the Capitol Hill Historic District which homes the Capitol Building, Library of Congress and the Lincoln Park. Equally famous is the magnificent White House which also has its own unique history. Though its construction was begun by the time George Washington was the president, its first residents were President John Adams and his family.
The White House is an important Washington DC landmark and acts as the home and office of the president. With 132 and 35 bathrooms on six levels, this building remains one of the most outstanding historic places in the whole of America.
Washington DC is generally the hub of numerous historic places that have demonstrated the evolution of the nation politically, socially and economically. These attractions display the transition and development seen in the country’s architecture, art, and science to its current state. Through the National Park Service, you can discover more about these historical places.