Burleith in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Rolling Tobacco Road
Tobacco shaped most aspects of life in George Town and was the foundation of its early economy. Before the American Revolution, tobacco was almost the sole currency of the region. Numerous dealings were based upon it: debts, rent, fines, salaries and levies were all paid in tobacco. In 1732, tobacco was made legal tender in Maryland at one penny a pound. An early English writer called tobacco the "meat, drink, clothing and money of the colonists," many of whom saw tobacco as the path to fortune.
"Rolling roads" such as this were the best roads. They were smooth (so that the cask would not
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 38° 54.948′ N, 77° 4.084′ W. Marker is in Burleith in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is at the intersection of 34th Street Northwest and Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, on the right when traveling south on 34th Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1819 35th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Introduction to Burleith (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Georgetown Departed (about 700 feet away); Temple of Learning and Talent (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Origins of Burleith (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Georgetown Heights (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holy Rood Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hilleary's Smiling Corner (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Original Georgetown Reservoir (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burleith.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 27, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.