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Parrott Ropewalk

 
 
Parrott Ropewalk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
1. Parrott Ropewalk Marker
Inscription. Here the Richard Parrott Ropewalk manufactured rope and rigging used on sailing vessels that plied their trade in old Georgetown through the early 19th Century.

The ropewalk receives its name from the long path used for the laying out of individual yarns of rope prior to twisting them together.

Rope making was accomplished by first combing hemp and attaching it to a clockwise revolving hook spinning it into yarns.

Several yarns were then attached to separate hooks and twisted together counterclockwise to form strands. These three strands were twisted together clockwise again making rope.

Because of the constant change in direction, the rope would not unravel. If a larger rope was needed, three ropes could be twisted together to form anchor cable.
 
Location. 38° 54.781′ N, 77° 3.647′ W. Marker is in Washington, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from the intersection of R Street and Avon Place. Click for map. Marker is in Montrose Park in Georgetown Heights. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Watching the Flames (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lillie Mackall (approx. 0.2
Parrott Ropewalk Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
2. Parrott Ropewalk Marker
miles away); South Lawn (approx. 0.2 miles away); Garage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Evermay (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Presbyterian Congregation in George Town, (approx. mile away); Emma V. Brown Residence (approx. mile away); 1667 Wisconsin Ave. NW (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
Additional comments.
1. Elderslie, Parrott's Woods and the Ropewalk
Industrialist Richard Parrott put together a large property here between 1804 and 1813. He built a ropewalk and a Federal Style mansion house he called Elderslie. The area around including the grounds of Oak Hill Cemetery came to be known as "Parrott's Woods." The property passed to Clement Smith in 1822 when Parrott died. In 1837 it became the property of Mary McEwan Boyce and later the property of her husband Captain William Boyce. The Boyce's named the the place Montrose. In 1911 the property became Montrose Park after extensive lobbying by Sarah Rittenhouse. The decaying house was torn down and formal grounds were designed
Ropewalk image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 15, 2013
3. Ropewalk
The wooden "top" keeps the strands separate until they are twisted together.
Close-up of image on marker
by George Burnap and Horace Peaslee under supervision by the Commission on the Fine Arts and Frederick Law Olmstead.
    — Submitted September 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Some common types of rope image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
4. Some common types of rope
Hauser Laid 3 strands laid right-handed or "with the sun".
Shroud Laid 4 strands with the sun.
Cable Laid 3 strands of 3 yarns each laid against the sun.
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A Strand is made of two or more rope yarns.
Close-up of image on marker
The Armillary Sphere at Montrose Park image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
5. The Armillary Sphere at Montrose Park
In Tribute to
Sarah Louisa
Rittenhouse

1845 - 1942
Through her Vision and Perseverance this land became Montrose Park (It appears that "Perseverance" was originally spelled "Perseverence" and corrected.)

This memorial erected by the Georgetown Garden Club in 1956 marks the location of the old mansion house.
Montrose Park<br>1911 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 14, 2013
6. Montrose Park
1911
United States Department of the Interior
National Park Service.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 348 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on September 7, 2016.
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