Georgetown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Georgetown's First Market
The citizens of Georgetown were already raising money for good causes two centuries ago. In 1796 the Mayor of Georgetown, Daniel Reintzel, was authorized to demolish a frame market house that stood on this site and erect a new brick market building. Funds for the new market were to be raised by voluntary contribution from the citizens of Georgetown.
During the decades of profitable operation of the adjacent Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which made Georgetown a thriving commercial port, the Old Georgetown Market was enlarged. But by the end of the Civil War the market was worn out and was torn down and rebuilt again. One hundred years later, the U.S. Congress declared the market a historic landmark, and required that it be preserved and used only as a farmers market. So what began in revolutionary times as a butcher's market is still functioning as a market today — perhaps the finest remaining symbol of Georgetown's long commercial history.
Georgetown continues its tradition of volunteering funds for worthy projects. Just like for the Old Georgetown Market, funds for the restoration of this, and all other police and fire call boxes in Georgetown were raised by voluntary contributions from its proud citizens and business leaders.
Fire alarm such as this one (originally painted red) were installed in the District after the Civil War. In most boxes, the alarm was activated by opening a door on the front of the box and pulling a lever. An automatic telegraph system transmitted the box number to a central office that directed the closes fire station to dispatch a fire truck to the vicinity of the call box. After almost 100 years, the system began to decline in the 1960s with the advent of two-way car radios and walkie-talkies. The alarms were finally turned off in the 1960s and replaced wit hthe 911 emergency system.
with support from
DC Commission on the Arts and humanities, DC Creates Public Art Program
District Department of Transportation
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning
Citizens Association of Georgetown
Bank of Georgetown
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC.
Location. 38° 54.303′ N, 77° 3.91′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of M Street Northwest and Potomac Street NW, on the right when traveling east on M Street Northwest. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3276 M St NW, Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Let the Good Times Roll (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The City Tavern (about 600 feet away); Crossroads of Georgetown (about 700 feet away); Potomac No. 5 (about 700 feet away); Forrest Marbury House (about 700 feet away); Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (about 700 feet away); President John F. Kennedy (about 700 feet away); The Last Home of Stephen Bloomer Balch, D.D. (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Also see . . .
1. Georgetown Market. (Submitted on February 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Georgetown Market, National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on February 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 27, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.