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Remembering Georgetown: A History of the Lost Port City

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Before John and Jackie lent a touch of Camelot to the famous red-bricked rows, and even before the founding of the nation's capital, Georgetown was an influential port city. Men such as the charismatic Scot Ninian Beall came to the Potomac shores to capitalize on the riches of the New World. Beaver pelts, great hogsheads of tobacco and slaves all crossed the wharves of George Town. Through a series of vignettes, David Mould and Missy Loewe chronicle the fascinating history of the nation's oldest neighborhood. ...

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Overview

Before John and Jackie lent a touch of Camelot to the famous red-bricked rows, and even before the founding of the nation's capital, Georgetown was an influential port city. Men such as the charismatic Scot Ninian Beall came to the Potomac shores to capitalize on the riches of the New World. Beaver pelts, great hogsheads of tobacco and slaves all crossed the wharves of George Town. Through a series of vignettes, David Mould and Missy Loewe chronicle the fascinating history of the nation's oldest neighborhood. Discover the lost port city from the days of the Revolution and the terror of the War of 1812 to the founding of Georgetown University and the town's incorporation in the District of Columbia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596296817
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,417,459
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Jerry A. McCoy 5

Preface 7

Captains and Indians: Explorers and Early Inhabitants 9

The Scottish Stake Their Claim: Establishing a New Colony 15

Money by the Hogshead: The Tobacco Trade 18

The Georges of Georgetown: "Knave's Disappointment" 23

Tycoons and Taverns: The Port City Prospers 25

The Capital Across the Creek: Building Washington 35

Amenca's First Suburb: Life as a Bedroom Community 42

Off to Battle, Up in Flames: The War of 1812 52

Plagues of Progress: Floods, Fires, Freezes and Bugs 58

High Society: Giving Away Fortunes and Brides 68

For Sale: Family of Five: Slavery and Civil War 84

Who Moved My Street?: Georgetown Joins Washington 98

Preaching, Teaching and Pulling Teeth: Churches and Schools 118

Ghost Town: Historic Houses and Noteworthy Neighbors 132

Notes 149

Bibliography 153

Index 155

About the Authors 160

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