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Guide to

Anacostia

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What it's like

DC’s first planned suburb is where abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass made his home. The neighborhood is also known for its beautiful late 19th-century architecture.

DC’s first planned suburb is where abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass made his home. The neighborhood is also known for its beautiful late 19th-century architecture.
Where to find it

Southeast of the Capitol and across the 11th Street Bridge.

Southeast of the Capitol and across the 11th Street Bridge.
What to do

From the 11th Street Bridge, which served as John Wilkes Booth's escape route on the night of the Lincoln assassination, to the world's largest chair, the neighborhood encompasses some of DC's most fascinating sights and some of the city's best views.

From the 11th Street Bridge, which served as John Wilkes Booth's escape route on the night of the Lincoln assassination, to the world's largest chair, the neighborhood encompasses some of DC's most fascinating sights and some of the city's best...
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What's in a name
First incorporated in 1854 as Uniontown, Anacostia is named for a Native American settlement.
How to get there
Take Metro to the Anacostia station or hop on the Circulator’s newest route, Potomac Avenue Metro–Skyland via Barracks Row.

Take Metro to the Anacostia station or hop on the Circulator’s newest route, Potomac Avenue Metro–Skyland via Barracks Row.

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See one of the best views of the city from Cedar Hill, Douglass’ estate. Learn about local African American history at the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum.