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A day trip to Virginia wine country is an increasingly popular activity for those who live in the greater Washington, DC, area. A century ago residents did not need to travel so far to drink the local wine. As late as 1910, people would ride three to four miles north of downtown to one of several wine houses. This area was known as Washington County and was less developed with estates and farms. It is here that many wine houses were located near what is now the Old Soldier’s Home and Catholic University of America.
B.H. Warner & Co.’s Map showing a bird’s-eye view of the city of Washington and suburbs. 1886. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division. URL: http://www.loc.gov/item/87693417/
The higher elevation of this area was known for its commanding views of the city and cooler temperatures. It is perhaps due to these qualities that this area had…
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