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Schools and Education February 2, 2012 at 11:41 am

DC Namesakes

Dear PoPVille,

I’m sure you all will be able to help me out. I’m a middle school social studies teacher in Petworth and I am planning on giving my 8th grade students a project centered around Revolutionary (1776 – 1820) namesakes in Washington, DC. They will be asked to find the location of the place and research the person after whom the place is named.

For example: James Hoban’s Restaurant and Bar is named after James Hoban, the architect of the White House. My students would have to travel to the location and then find out specific information about James Hoban. 

I think it’s a pretty creative project (as it gets my students out and about in our fair city) but I only have eight revolutionary figures and locations. I know that there are more, but I can’t think of any. Can you all be of any service?


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What are the ones that you have so far?

L’Enfant Plaza
James Hoban’s Restaurant
Benjamin Banneker High School
Lafayette Square
Washington Monument
Franklin Square
Ellicott House
Jefferson Memorial
Decatur House
Tudor Place
Casimir Pulaski Statue


Benjamin Banneker Park
Artemas Ward, Ward Circle (also AU’s Ward building)
maybe Anderson House, headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati
Lafayette Square Park
Kosciuszko statute at Lafayette Square
Decatur House (also Decatur Street)
Sewall-Belmont House
Washington Navy Yard
Latrobe Gate at the Navy Yard
Marine Barracks
Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building, Adams Building and Madison Building
The Octagon House, a.k.a. Col. Tayloe House
Stoddert School, Benjamin Stoddert
Jenifer Street (constitutional convention
Crispus Attucks Court
L’Enfant Plaza, L’Enfant restaurant, L’Enfant everything else
Bunker Hill and Fort Bunker Hill
And check this out:

Andy, thank you so much, this is exactly what I was looking for! 🙂

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