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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by Catherine Shyu.

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C & O Canal

C & O Canal

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Now and a Long Time Ago: Billy Martin’s Carriage House Restaurant

Carriage House

This week on Now and a Long Time Ago, GM is taking a different tack.┬áIn searching for old postcards of Georgetown, he found one that confused him. It said it was Billy Martin’s restaurant, but it looked nothing like how the tavern looks today. Could it have changed that much?

Looking closer GM realized that the name of the establishment was “Billy Martin’s Carriage House Restaurant”. A little more digging confirmed that this was a totally different restaurant opened by the same Billy Martin. And it was just up the street in the building seen here. Continue reading

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1000 block of 33rd St.

1000 block of 33rd St.

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NPS Releases Report on Proposed Boathouse Row

Potomac Boat Club

The National Park Service has recently release an environmental assessment of the proposed “Non Motorized Boathouse Zone”. This report moves us ever so slightly closer to the construction of new boathouses along the Potomac in and near Georgetown.

History of Boathouses on the Potomac

Curtesy of the Potomac Boat Club.

Boathouses have long been on the Potomac in Georgetown. There were once as many as six along the shore. The first was the Potomac Barge Club, founded in 1859. The club built the boathouse seen above at what is now 31st and K St. In 1908 they sold that location and moved to where the club (which was renamed the Potomac Boat Club) now sits.

Just up the river from this 1908-built boathouse is the only other historic boathouse still around, the Washington Canoe Club:

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