Barry Farm - Hillsdale

Barry Farm - Hillsdale (HMMIV)

Location: Washington, DC 20020
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 51.73', W 76° 59.693'

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Bounded by St. Elizabeths Hospital, Alabama Avenue and Morris Road, SE, and the Anacostia River

— African American Heritage Trail, Washington, DC —

In 1867 the U.S. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Freedmen's Bureau) purchased 375 acres from white farmers David and Julia Barry to resettle formerly enslaved African Americans. By 1870 more than 500 families had purchased lots and built homes at Barry Farm, later renamed Hillsdale.

During World War II, the U.S. Government constructed "Barry Farms" housing on Hillsdale's eastern edge to relieve overcrowding across the Anacostia [River]. Soon, Southwest [DC] urban renewal brought more families, spurring the over building of multi-family housing. These projects and the Suitland Parkway and Anacostia Freeway greatly changed the neighborhood. Most remaining historic houses date to around 1900; a few older ones remain along Elvans Road.

[Photo caption:]
A home on Sheridan Road in Barry Farm, early 1900s.
Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Series This marker is part of the Washington, D.C.: African American Heritage Trail series
Placed ByCultural Tourism DC - Funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 29th, 2014 at 6:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 326917 N 4303372
Decimal Degrees38.86216667, -76.99488333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 51.73', W 76° 59.693'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 51' 43.80" N, 76° 59' 41.58" W
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Area Code(s)202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1119-1191 Howard Rd SE, Washington DC 20020, US
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