Georgetown Time Machine: The Walk

This week for Georgetown Time Machine, GM is exploring a postcard being sold on Ebay. It is from 1913, and shows a slice of formerly rural Georgetown University.

The front of the card (above) shows a winding path through the woods. A description states “Entrance to the Walk, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.” Nothing about the scene, however, immediately seems familiar to GM.

The back offers a bit more detail though:

It states: “This view shows the entrance to the walks in the woodland back of Georgetown University. They wind for over a mile through a stretch of land abundant in Nature’s beauty and afford an excellent means of recreation for both students and visitors.”

The card was sent from DC in 1913 (it’s too hard to make out an exact date from the cancellation stamp.) The note says simply “Though you might enjoy this view. Mae W.” It’s addressed to Miss Ada Flaretee (not sure about the spelling) in Danielson, Connecticut.

The card was published by W.B. Garrison, who produced a lot of postcards taken from the DC area.

But where is the photo exactly from? This survey map from 1903 is pretty solid evidence that this is basically where the hospital is now:

Much, although not all, of this wooded area would get cleared out by 1930 for the construction of the Medical School building:



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2 responses to “Georgetown Time Machine: The Walk

  1. Thomas Neale

    Yes, “The Walks” — I have seen it referred to in the plural – were a series of woodland rambles in the forested area north and west of the college campus and beyond the Jesuit Cemetery. I don’t think they extended as far north as Reservoir Road or to the Medical/Dental School building site. I believe the stream shown on the map was known as “College Run.” The cover of the 2003 edition of “Georgetown University,” Arcadia Publishing’s pictorial history, shows a group of 19th century Hoyas lounging on a foot bridge over College Run in The Walks. Development of the “backside” of the campus after WW II, which involved a great deal of grading and removal of the Run, eliminated The Walks. The Reiss Science Building and Harbin Hall residence were built on in the 60s on the last remnants.

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