Washington, DC: Washington Never Slept Here

This plaque is a really-stretching-it attempt to link Washington, DC, to George Washington, who was out-of-office and dead before Washington became the capitol.
Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC
In Upper Senate Park, on the north side of Constitution Ave. NW between New Jersey Ave. NW and Delaware Ave. NW. There are two parallel walkways leading north to a fountain from the north side of Constitution Ave.; the plaque is on the west side of the west walkway, near the fountain, closer to New Jersey Ave. than Delaware Ave.
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Washington Never Slept Here

Encouraged to invest in fledgling Washington, D.C., former President George Washington purchased land near the construction site of the Capitol on October 3, 1798. On the site he had two brick dwellings built according to the designs of his friend, Dr. William Thornton. Washington reportedly saw the buildings just once, on November 9, 1799. He died the following month, and the buildings were destroyed when the British burned the city in 1814.

In the early 20th century the land became Upper Senate Park, and a plaque commemorating Washington's dwellings was placed there in 1932, the bicentennial of his birth.

[Kurt Deion, 01/27/2016]
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