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Monday is Presidents Day, the day Generation X recalls vaguely that used to be two separate holidays: Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday. And while we ponder the lost extra day off, lets explore what connection these two presidents–arguably the two greatest presidents–have to Georgetown.
As we all learned in grade school, George Washington never lived in the White House, nor any other Presidential house in DC. The first capital of the country following the ratification of the Constitution was New York.
But as president, Washington was given the power to choose the location of the new capital. And for various reasons (including the proximity to his own home in Mount Vernon) Washington chose to place DC on the banks of the Potomac and the Anacostia. This new 100 square mile diamond engulfed the existing cities of Georgetown, MD and Alexandria, VA.
And since Georgetown was the only developed part of the new DC north of the rivers, it was there that Washington set up shop when overseeing the planning of the new city. Specifically he met in the legendary Suter’s Tavern. This tavern is lost to history, but was located close to what is now 31st and K St. Continue reading
Photo by Mike Bitzenhofer.
So you’ve waited till the last second to make Valentine’s reservations, there’s still hope! Here are some date-worthy restaurants around Georgetown that still have openings tonight (at least, as of last night):
- Risorante Piccolo
- Dyllan’s Raw Bar
- Cafe Milano
- La Chaumiere
- Das Ethiopian
- Bistrot Lepic
Hurry up you slacker!