The Chronicles of Georgetown, District of Columbia from 1751 to 1878


This detailed social history of the Potomac River port town of Georgetown offers personal accounts by The Chronicler that cannot be found anywhere else. Richard Plummer Jackson (1816–1891) relates to the reader the history from the era of Indian settlement, establishment as a significant Maryland port for Potomac River trade, and the loss of its charter when absorbed into the City of Washington in the District of Columbia. The Chronicler gleaned information from the citizens of Georgetown, among whom he was born and reared. Although this work was not intentionally biographical in nature, it describes the key players in events which founded this early center of commerce. The opening chapter presents historical background, while subsequent chapters describe the effects of adverse weather on people and trade; construction of canals, bridges and aqueducts; establishment of banks and civic positions; fires and fire companies; churches and cemeteries—for both white and colored persons; the College, Monastery, libraries and schools; and social organizations. Added to this new edition are illustrations and a new every-name, subject and place name index by Wesley E. Pippenger.

Richard P. Jackson and Wesley E. Pippenger

(1878, 2001), 2011, 5½x8½, paper, 312 pp.

ISBN: 9781585496716