1790 Young Plantation: View from Banneker Park

Aug 22 2011

This combination of the two views is perhaps a bit over-dramatic, but it’s accurate.  Young’s mansion was on a bluff that sat approximately 25’ above the river.  Banneker Park is now much higher.  Currently, part of the mansion would be underground.  It is positioned correctly, but if anything, it could be even lower into the ground.  Click the image or here to see the panorama. YES!  The trees lining the driveway look slightly weird.  There has been a lot of conjecture and growing consensus that the driveway was straight.  Was it tree-lined and if so how old were the trees in 1790?  When would they have been planted?  Amidst this head-scratching and research, we selected a young tree, but then later scaled it up to the size of a more mature tree.  It can be changed at some later date, but first we would like to get more clarity on the type and size of these possible trees.  (Note: in the early 1800s, when Thomas Jefferson was president, he had Lombardy Poplars planted to line Pennsylvania avenue).

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