Georgetown (District of Columbia)
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Georgetown is currently a part of Washington DC. Yet it is way older than the capital city. Georgetown was founded in 1751 at the site of a tobacco trade site owned by a George Gordon. At that time a part of the British province of Maryland. It is not quite sure if Georgetown was named after George Gordon the tobacco trader, George Beale, the land owner, or king George II of Britain, who reigned at that time.
In 1871 when the District of Columbia was consolidated Georgetown became part of DC, just like the city of Alexandria (see previous blog). At the time of foundation the location of the city was determined by depth of the Potomac River. Ocean boats could just sail as far as Georgetown. Unfortunately the river became less deep over time and a canal was needed to keep it in reach of ships.
Although the C&O never became a financial success the spin off of the canal was very important for Georgetown. The ships brought industry, and the water from the canal powered the industry. When the canal ceased activity and its rival the railroad too, Georgetown became less industrial and shifted to residential. The old historic center remained and was preserved.
When I found out that the C&O Canal runs through Georgetown I, of course, had to see that. It is in a much better shape than at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park. Water flows and the lock doors are holding it.
Since daylight allowed me, I walked a bit more along the canal and Potomac and witnessed sunset over the Potomac.
More pictures below!