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Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, D.C. Lecture and Book Signing

June 2, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join DCPL for a lecture by Kim Prothro Williams on her new book Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, DC.

Washington has a rural history of agrarian landscapes and country estates. John Adlum, the Father of American Viticulture, experimented with American grape cultivation at The Vineyard, just north of today’s Cleveland Park. Slave laborers rolled hogsheads—wooden casks filled with tobacco—down present-day Wisconsin Avenue from farms to the port at Georgetown. The growing merchant class built suburban villas on the edges of the District and became the city’s first commuters. In 1791, the area was selected as the capital of a new nation, and change from rural to urban was both dramatic and progressive.

Kim Prothro Williams is an architectural historian with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office. For more than twenty-five years, she has been researching and writing about historic buildings and communities in D.C., Virginia and Maryland, with her primary focus being to evaluate buildings for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Kim is a published author of books, articles and heritage trail brochures dealing with the built environment. Two of her books, Chevy Chase: A Home Suburb for the Nation’s Capital and Pride of Place: Rural Residences of Fauquier County, Virginia, address the transformation of the agricultural landscape.

Copies of Lost Farms and Estates of Washington, DC can be purchased at a discounted rate of $16 and signed by the author at the event!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Brooks Mansion

901 Newton Street NE

Pre-event book price: $16
On-site price: $20

Maximum participants: 35
Room is handicap accessible


June 2, 2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Brooks Mansion
901 Newton Street, NE
Washington, DC
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