Mount Pleasant in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Harvest at Pleasant Plains, ca. 1750
Harvest at Pleasant Plains,
By the late 17th century, English colonial settlements and tobacco plantations had reached what is now Washington, DC. By the 1750s the ports of Alexandria and Georgetown were built, and soon afterward a series of mills expanded along Rock Creek to serve the surrounding farms. In 1727 James Holmead received a land patent for an area he called Pleasant Plains, which included today's Mount Pleasant. The Holmead family ran its estate through the 1850s, and likely grew corn, wheat, and other produce as tobacco declined in importance.
The Holmeads were slaveowners, as were many other farmers in Maryland and Washington. President Lincoln abolished slavery in Washington, DC in 1862, during the Civil War. In the decade following the war, developers converted farmland around Mount Pleasant into one of the first suburbs of downtown Washington.
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
Michael K. Ross, Sculptor
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 2.)
Location. 38° 55.78′ N, 77° 2.581′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Kenyon Street Northwest west of 19th Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1842 Kenyon Street NW, Washington DC 20010, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Village Comes to Life: Mount Pleasant after the Civil War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defying the Restrictive Covenants (approx. 0.2 miles away); Changing Fashions (approx. 0.2 miles away); At Home and Abroad (approx. ¼ mile away); Easter Monday (approx. ¼ mile away); Prairie Dogs (approx. ¼ mile away); Aldabra Tortoise (approx. ¼ mile away); How to Drink Coffee and Save Birds (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Categories. • Agriculture • Colonial Era • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 13, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.