Eckington, one of D.C.’s oldest neighborhoods, is named for an 18th-century country estate. Located north of D.C.’s original boundary, Florida Avenue, and east of North Capitol Street, Eckington was originally a residential subdivision created in 1887 by Col. George Truesdell, a successful real estate entrepreneur. Mr. Truesdell mapped his neighborhood streets, installed electrical lighting and provided the first infrastructure including the first electric streetcar line in Washington, D.C. known as the Eckington and Soldiers Home Railway. Eckington features a mix of residential and industrial buildings. The government annexed land in Eckington for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad freight yards and to the present day, Eckington boasts a unique character combining a mix of industrial and residential buildings.
Quality of Life:
Eckington is known to be a tight-knit community that succeeds in preserving the small town feel in the midst of busy Washington, D.C. Small and large retail businesses thrive here and there is a mix of iconic row houses and small industries throughout Eckington. Being close to downtown and with good walkability and public transportation, plus colorful row houses and mature trees to welcome you, Eckington may have what you are looking for in a community. Also, check out nearby Crispus Attucks Park where nearby communities enjoy the farmer’s market and other special events throughout the year.
Eckington shares borders with Rhode Island Avenue to the north, the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the east, Florida Avenue to the south and North Capitol Street to the west. Eckington is less than one mile southeast of Howard University and one mile north of the United States Capitol. Metro’s Rhode Island Avenue and NoMa-Gallaudet stations are just outside the neighborhood’s borders.