“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Meet You At the Market

Tour of Duty


—Barracks Row Heritage Trail —

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By Devry Jones, January 4, 2019
1. Meet You At the Market Marker
Inscription. This is Eastern Market, where for more than a century farm products have drawn shoppers from the neighborhood and around the city. It is Washington's only 19th-century market to remain in continuous operation to this day.

Eastern Market is the second market bearing the name. The first operated from 1805 to 1872 on the block bounded by Fifth, Sixth, K and L streets, SE. It was located near the Anacostia River at a time when markets relied on water transportation to move goods. By 1872, however, citizens were calling for a more modern facility located closer to the bulk of Capitol Hill's residents. This market was designed by Adolf Cluss as a state-of-the-art facility during the post-Civil War building boom.

Inside, merchant's stalls brimmed with meats, poultry, fish, produce, flowers, dairy products, baked goods — even freshly ground horseradish. Outside, farmers from Capitol Hill, Anacostia, and nearby Maryland sold produce from wagons and stalls. Young boys got their first jobs hauling groceries home for customers or picking mold off cheeses. Some merchants also served as wholesalers to the Navy Yard, government agencies, and restaurants and hotels.

In the early 1900s, small neighborhood and chain grocery stores offering home delivery began competing with Eastern Market. In the 1920s supermarkets
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By Devry Jones, January 4, 2019
2. Back of marker
arrived. Business suffered, and only citizens protest prevented the market's closing in 1929. Nonetheless area farmers continued to come. The market went through more tough times until the 1960s, when it was rediscovered by a new generation charmed by vendors' century-old traditions and fruit free of plastic wrappings.
Erected 2004 by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 16 of 16.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Barracks Row Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 53.155′ N, 76° 59.765′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 7th Street SE and C Street SE on 7th Street SE. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 310 7th Street SE, Washington DC 20003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eastern Market (within shouting distance of this marker); John W. Harrod (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edge of the Row (about 700 feet away); At the Crossroads (about 800 feet away); Commerce and Community (approx. ¼ mile away); Life on the Park
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By Devry Jones, January 4, 2019
3. Meet You At the Market Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Ebenezer United Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Healing the Wounded (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
Categories. AgricultureIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2019, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 4, 2019, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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