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The treasures of this rediscovered neighborhood abound. A presidential presence, cemeteries that draw visitors researching sacred sculptures, even a go-go band took its name from this tight-knit neighborhood.


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Once, part of a much larger rural estate spanning 205 acres, the Petworth neighborhood has been a constant in the District’s vibrant landscape of neighborhoods. Before their close, cultural festivals like Georgia Avenue Day, and the DC Caribbean Carnival paraded the sights and sounds of the area along its main thoroughfares.

Named for Civil War general and our 18th President, Grant Circle is located in Petworth at the intersections of New Hampshire and Illinois Avenues, Varnum, and 5th Streets, NW. The circle encompasses a nearly 2-acre park lined with half-century old trees.

Called “A Place of Porches” by the New York Times, our Petworth “Neighborhoods” ticket highlights the Wardman homes’ style of architecture found prominently throughout the neighborhood. This style of rowhouse that included the front porch—a new design element of the time—was a popular build for real estate developer Harry Wardman, for which this design is named.

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HIDDEN GEM

President Lincoln’s Cottage

A national monument, President Lincoln and Soldiers’ Home National Monument is situated on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW. Known as Lincoln’s Cottage, the gothic-styled structure was completed in 1843, and sits atop the third highest point in the District. President Lincoln took residence from 1862 to 1864, where he penned the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation during his first summer in residence.