Columbia Heights As Property Of The Sherman Brothers

Here’s a cool find on the New Columbia Heights Blog, it seems that the parcel of land currently housing the DC USA shopping mall was formerly two parcels one owned by General William T Sherman and the other owned by his brother, John Sherman, a US Senator, Secretary of State, and Secretary of Treasury. The non-martial Sherman, I learned yesterday, is also the namesake of Sherman Avenue that runs east of there.

DC, I feel, doesn’t always do the best job of explicating its history to people who move here but as with any other place that people have been living and working in for hundreds of years there’s tons of fascinating nuggets here and there. And as the national capital, we’ve obviously been home to a disproportionate number of noteworthy historical figures over the years.