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View the brochure, Eckington – A Neighborhood History, from the D.C. Historic Preservation Office

Eckington is a neighborhood less than 1.5 miles north of the Capitol.  The boundaries of Eckington are the triangular intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Florida Avenue to west and the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the east.

The land which became Eckington was the country home of Joseph Gales, Jr., owner of the National Intelligencer newspaper and Mayor of Washington, D.C. from 1827 to 1830. Gales bought the Northeast tract in 1815, and in 1830 erected a two-story house on the hilltop, about where Third and U Streets intersect today. Gales named his estate Eckington after The Village in England in which he was born.

Read more about Eckington’s history

Map displayed in National Museum of American History

Map displayed in National Museum of American History

Truxton Circle (Florida Ave/North Capitol St intersection)Truxton Circle (Florida Ave/North Capitol St intersection)

Eckington & Soldiers Home street carEckington & Soldiers Home street car

See more historic photographs of Eckington

Confusingly, the western section of Eckington often refers to itself as “Bloomingdale” although there is no official recognition of  Bloomingdale (the District simply denotes this segment as “Sub-Neighborhood A” of Eckington) nor any explanation from where this name originated.


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