The Kennedy Homes of Georgetown
You’ll see a plaque noting a one-time tavern on the right after crossing over P Street where early colonists debated the King’s taxes. Remember, Georgetown opened 40 years before the city of Washington was founded in 1791 so this is where the Revolutionary War leaders met. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson sometimes worked out of Georgetown. George would later meet with Pierre L’Enfant to plan Washington’s layout at Suter’s Tavern, which is sadly no longer standing and beneath a highway off ramp.
Georgetown was started by a pair of Scotsmen named George Beale and George Gordon. Beale was a son of a Scottish officer exiled after fighting against Cromwell in England while Gordon was a sheriff who invested in tobacco warehouses along the water.
Now no one knows exactly for whom the town was named. Some say it was British King George III given Georgetown was a colonial port dating back to 1632 when trading with local indians. Some say Beale and Gordon were both promised the name when selling 60 acres to create the downtown core. It wouldn’t be the only political double cross in this town, though maybe the first.
Georgetown was annexed into Washington by Congress in 1871. The locals didn’t want to do so, but Congress didn’t care.