Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C.

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Washington has a rural history of agrarian landscapes and country estates. John Adlum, the Father of American Viticulture, experimented with American grape cultivation at The Vineyard, just north of today's Cleveland Park. Slave laborers rolled hogsheads - wooden casks filled with tobacco - down present-day Wisconsin Avenue from farms to the port at Georgetown. The growing merchant class built suburban villas on the edges of the District and became the city's first commuters. In 1791, the area was selected as the capital of a new nation, and change from rural to urban was both dramatic and progressive. Author Kim Prothro Williams reveals the rural remnants of Washington, D.C.'s past.
ISBN: 9781625858306
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: District of Columbia
Series: Lost
Images: 112
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Kim Prothro Williams is an architectural historian with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office. For more than twenty-five years, she has been researching and writing about historic buildings and communities in D.C., Virginia and Maryland, with her primary focus being to evaluate buildings for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Kim is a published author of books, articles and heritage trail brochures dealing with the built environment. Two of her books, Chevy Chase: A Home Suburb for the Nation’s Capital and Pride of Place: Rural Residences of Fauquier County, Virginia, address the transformation of the agricultural landscape.
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