Southwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Banneker Circle: Vista to the Past
River Farms to Urban Towers
—Southwest Heritage Trail —
This vista once belonged to Notley Young. The Maryland planter owned nearly all of today’s Southwest when President George Washington chose the spot, then part of Maryland, for the new nation’s capital in 1791. Young’s brick mansion stood close to where you are now. Young owned many farms in the new city and nearby Maryland, and reported owning 265 slaves to 1790 Census takers. Before the Revolution, Maryland’s Catholics were prohibited from worshiping in public churches, so Young and his Catholic neighbors gathered for Mass in his house. In 1857 Young’s grandson, Father Nicholas Young, Jr. helped establish St. Dominic Church.
The L’Enfant Promenade to your right, designed by I. M.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC. (Marker Number 8 of 17.)
Location. 38° 52.916′ N, 77° 1.563′ W. Marker is in Southwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of L'Enfant Plaza (10th Street, SW) and Banneker Circle, in the median on L'Enfant Plaza (10th Street, SW). Touch for map. Marker is on the median off Banneker Circle at the north side of Benjamin Banneker Park. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benjamin Banneker Park (a few steps from this marker); Potomac River Shoreline (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waterfront Commerce (about 700 feet away); The River Queen (about 700 feet away); American Ice Company (about 700 feet away); "a magnificent waterfront entranceway..." America's Oldest Operating Fish Market (approx. 0.2 miles away); Long Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Southwest.
More about this marker. [Picture Captions:]
Benjamin Banneker, astronomer and mathematician. (Maryland Historical Society.)
Farmers tend their produce at the farmer’s market that once operated between Tenth and Eleventh streets where the freeway now runs. (Library of Congress.)
This map shows the holdings of Notley Young, seen in the dual portrait with his wife Eleanor. Young owned much of Cerne Abbey Manor. (The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. - Map by Cynthia Elliot and Sheila Waters based on the research by Patricia W. McNeil and Don Hawkins.)
In the 1880s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began dredging the Washington Channel and building up mudflats to create Hains Point, visible across the channel from this overlook. (Washingtoniana Division, D.C. Public Library.)
Also see . . . Other River Farms to Urban Towers - Southwest Heritage Trail markers. (Submitted on December 10, 2009.)
Categories. • Antebellum South, US • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,302 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on December 5, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 6, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.