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Georgetown was established in 1751 and was a busy port town that was home to textile mill, paper factory, and flour mills. Construction of the C&O Canal began in 1828 and provided an economic boost to the area with transportation of goods such as tobacco, sugar and molasses from the West Indies, and salt from Europe. Coal and flour industries became important as cheap power for the mills was provided by the C&O Canal. It’s location along the Potomac River waterfront afforded it many benefits, both commercial and cultural.

Notable figures in our nation’s history lived or worked in Georgetown including Thomas Jefferson, Francis Scott Key, and John F. Kennedy, Jr. to name just a few. The popularity of the waterfront area which is loaded with shops, restaurants, pubs and upscale hotels are just some of the reasons that it is such a great destination for business and leisure today.

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Chain Bridge/Role in Civil War

Fletchers Cove Parking

Fletchers Cove Restrooms

Fletchers Cove Picnic Tables

Fletchers Cove Boat Rental

Fletchers Cove Bike Rental/Repair

Fletchers Boathouse

Fletchers Cove


Abner Cloud House and Mill

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Georgetown University Parking

Capital Crescent Trail

Douglas Bust

Georgetown Parking (Streets and Garages)

Georgetown Bike Rental/Repair

Georgetown Visitor Center

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Georgetown Restrooms

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Lock 1

Start of Towpath

Mile Marker 0.0/Tide Lock

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Old Stone House

Town of Georgetown