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Mount Pleasant, District of Columbia Historical Markers

 
A Village Comes to Life: Mount Pleasant after the Civil War Marker image, Touch for more information
By Devry Becker Jones, January 13, 2018
A Village Comes to Life: Mount Pleasant after the Civil War Marker
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 4 — 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 . . . — Map (db m130884) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 6 — At Home and Abroad — The War Years 1941-45
Even before the United States entered World War II in 1941, thousands of workers from across the country streamed into Washington to fill new military and government jobs. The swelling population needed more housing, and, to accommodate them, many . . . — Map (db m111891) HM WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 5 — Avenue of Churches — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
To Your Left is Canaan Baptist Church. Its relocation here from Georgia Avenue in 1963 was the fulfillment of pastor Rev. M. Cecil Mills's dream to preside over the first African American church on this avenue of churches. The congregation . . . — Map (db m130869) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 3 — Casualties Arriving at Mount Pleasant General Hospital, May 1864
In May 1864, a year before the Civil War ended, Union and Rebel troops clashed in a series of bloody battles in Virginia. Steamships loaded with the wounded traveled up the Potomac River to Washington where stretchers piled ashore for days and . . . — Map (db m111885) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 12 — Changing Fashions — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Around 1900 this successful suburb attracted successful business leaders, who set a grand standard for home building. Printer Byron S. Adams commissioned architect Frederick Pyle to design 1801 Park Road in the Colonial Revival style. Pyle also . . . — Map (db m130876) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 9 — Czech Row — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Like the Latino immigrants of recent times, Europeans left the political and economic hardships of home for a better life in the United States. Following the 1948 communist coup of Czechoslovakia a "Czech Row" or "Prague Road" enclave developed . . . — Map (db m130873) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 11 — Defying the Restrictive Covenants — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
In 1948 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of houses to individuals of certain races could not be enforced. Two years later, Dr. Robert Deane became the first African American to purchase a house in Mount Pleasant . . . — Map (db m130875) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 1 — Fashionable 16th Street — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Today's 16th Street from the White House to Silver Spring, Maryland is one of the city's key gateways. But through the 1890s it jogged left where Mt. Pleasant Street runs today and then dead-ended at the edge of today's Rock Creek Park. . . . — Map (db m130861) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — Francis Asbury — 1745-1816 — Pioneer Methodist Bishop in America
South side of statue: Francis Asbury 1745-1816 Pioneer Methodist Bishop in America East side of statue: His continuous journey through cities, villages and settlements from 1771 to 1816 greatly promoted . . . — Map (db m111856) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 2 — Harvest at Pleasant Plains — ca. 1750
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 . . . — Map (db m112586) HM WM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 14 — Main Street — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
In 1903 a street car line arrived on Mt. Pleasant Street and so did new businesses. In this block were Sophia Weiss's notions shop, Domenico Pappalardo's shoe shop, and Lee Sing's laundry. The block's first commercial building (3215) was . . . — Map (db m130880) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 3 — Mount Pleasant Library — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
When the Mount Pleasant Library, behind you, opened in 1925, crowds flocked to the Classical style building. Many had campaigned long and hard for this community centerpiece. The Carnegie Corporation, funder of public libraries in Mount Vernon . . . — Map (db m130864) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 9 — Mount Pleasant Street, ca. 2004
During the second half of the 20th century, housing in Mount Pleasant was relatively affordable. Recent immigrants, students, young professionals, and families from diverse economic backgrounds populated the neighborhood. In 1986, residents wishing . . . — Map (db m130883) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 1 — Nacotchtank Family at the Piney Branch Quarry, ca. 1600
In 1609 Captain John Smith sailed from the English colony of Jamestown, Virginia, and up the Potomac River as far as Little Falls. He found 13 Indian villages along the Potomac, including one called Nacotchtank. These villagers farmed small plots of . . . — Map (db m130871) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 4 — Sacred Heart Academy — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Set back from the Street at 1621 Park Road, to your left, is an elegant old house, once the all-girls Sacred Heart Academy. The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters of Wisconsin founded the Academy in 1905 and went on to operate it with Sacred Heart . . . — Map (db m130865) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 15 — Streetcar Suburb — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Lamont Park, across from the number 42 bus stop, was once the turnaround for the numbers 40 and 42 streetcars. Back in the 1940s, "when the conductor called 'end of the line,' passengers stepped onto a yellow wooden platform," recalled former . . . — Map (db m130881) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 16 — The First Bodega — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
The 1960s saw this neighborhood develop a Latino presence, and this became its Main Street. The storefront at 3161 Mt. Pleasant Street once housed Casa Dilonι , the first bodega (grocery) here. From 1962 until 1998, Casa Dilonι sold . . . — Map (db m130882) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 5 — The Trolley Arrives in Mount Pleasant
Until 1900 Mount Pleasant was still a small village of wood-frame houses about a mile outside the City of Washington. In 1903 the city extended and broadened 16th Street, separating what is now Columbia Heights from Mount Pleasant. At about the same . . . — Map (db m114769) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 7 — Twenty-seven Little Flags — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Just like Mount Pleasant, Bancroft School is known for its ethnic and racial diversity. "at one of the spring fairs in the early 1970s, we asked people to bring native dishes, and I bought 27 little flags to mark the food," parent Gloria . . . — Map (db m130872) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 2 — Upheaval and Activism — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
Beginning in the late 1950s, the community leadership of Mount Pleasant changed from the exclusive Citizens Association to an array of new players. Mount Pleasant Neighbors Association was the first alternative group. It presented festivals and . . . — Map (db m130862) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 6 — Village Life — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
This was the western edge of Samuel P. Brown's Mount Pleasant Village. Across the street and a few steps ahead at 3423 Oakwood Terrace is "Oakwood," an original village house built in 1871 for city politician J.W. Buker. Brown reserved the land . . . — Map (db m130870) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 10 — Voices at Vespers — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
This secluded building on the edge of Rock Creek Park was built in 1911 as the House of Mercy. It provided, as its founders wrote "a refuge and reformatory for outcast and fallen women," especially unwed mothers and girls entangled in . . . — Map (db m130874) HM
District of Columbia (Washington), Mount Pleasant — 13 — War and Peace — Village in the City — Mount Pleasant Heritage Trail
The mansion of Samuel P. Brown, Mount Pleasant's founder once stood in the middle of the block to your left. During the Civil War, Brown bought 73 acres here for a song from William Selden, a former U.S. treasurer. Selden believed the . . . — Map (db m130877) HM

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