Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Village Comes to Life: Mount Pleasant after the Civil War
As dust from the Civil War settled, the nation's capital entered a new phase of growth. The expanding government needed more workers, who in turn needed more housing. An entrepreneur named Samuel Brown bought a large tract of land outside Washington, named it Mount Pleasant, and began building. Other government workers bought land nearby, and soon Mount Pleasant developed into a small community, separated from downtown Washington by a wide belt of farm and forest. Horse-drawn transport linked Mount Pleasant to jobs downtown, and by the mid-1870s the neighborhood featured a church and a school, where neighbors gathered to discuss the day's pressing issues.
A few of the original Victorian houses from this time still stand on and north of Park Road. The oldest surviving example, built by Samuel Brown in 1871, is located at 3423 Oakwood Terrace.
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
District Department of Transportation
This call box is also supported by:
Historic Mount Pleasant
National Endowment for the Arts
Mount Pleasant Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1-D
Jeff and Linn
Michael K. Ross, Sculptor
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 4.)
Location. 38° 55.787′ N, 77° 2.472′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 18th Street NW near Kenyon Street NW, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3101 18th St NW, Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harvest at Pleasant Plains, ca. 1750 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); At Home and Abroad (about 700 feet away); Mount Pleasant Street, ca. 2004 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Changing Fashions (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First Bodega (approx. 0.2 miles away); Streetcar Suburb (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defying the Restrictive Covenants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Main Street (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 22 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 13, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.