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The Anacostia Historic District

"The architectural character of the Anacostia area is unique in Washington. Nowhere else in the District of Columbia does there exist such a collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century small-scale frame and brick working-class housing."

Nomination Form. National Park Service. United States Department of the Interior. October 10, 1978

 

The earliest known inhabitants of Anacostia were the Algonquian-speaking Nacotchtank, who settled in the area owing to its proximity to the Eastern Branch (Anacostia River). In 1608, Captain John Smith reported visiting a Nacotchtank village in present-day Anacostia; and the Nacotchtank are noted on Captain Smith's 1612 map of Virginia.

Fast-forward to the XX, when Uniontown was established. A planned community developed for middle-class workers desiring suburban living, Uniontown was founded by XX. It was located at the foot of the Navy Yard Bridge (11th Street Bridge); just across the river from the Navy Yard and Capitol Hill. Uniontown is recognized as Washington's first suburb.

With the help of community advocates, Anacostia was first designated a historic district in 1973; one of the first in the District of Columbia. The Anacostia Historic District was later expanded and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

Today, alongside members of the Historic Anacostia community, HAPS seeks to expand the borders of the Anacostia Historic District to ensure that the neighborhood's historic structures are protected and preserved for the generations to come.

Expanding the Anacostia Historic District

Anacostia community advocates are working on the expansion of the Anacostia Historic District to ensure that our community's rich heritage is not lost.