The history of Adams Morgan lies in its name. Prior to 1956, the area was typically referred to as 18th and Columbia, but when the area began to suffer from "urban decay" the Adams-Morgan Neighborhood Conference was formed to promote urban renewal and to improve the neighborhood. The group’s name originated from two segregated elementary schools in the area: Thomas P. Morgan Elementary School and John Quincy Adams Elementary School. The name Adams-Morgan has remained ever since, although The Washington Post removed the hyphen in 2001, explaining that the area’s rising home values made it “profitable to sell off the hyphen."
Adams Morgan’s past is also known for housing the first Toys ‘R’ Us and the homes of former Presidents Kennedy, Eisenhower and Taft. The Adams Morgan Heritage Trail is a guided walking tour that will take you to each of these locations, in addition to other local historic attractions.
Quality of Life:
Adams Morgan is full of life, culture and history. Locals recognize the 18th Street Corridor for its nightlife, but don’t be fooled into thinking that the streets aren’t lively during the day. The neighborhood is known for its diversity, which is represented in the variety of cuisines and shops that line the streets. The warmer months attract D.C. residents from throughout the city for street festivals, farmers markets and other outdoor venues that sell food, art and other unique finds.
Adams Morgan offers the benefits of city living with a warm neighborhood feel. The typical home in Adams Morgan is a 19th-20th century row house, filling the streets with recognizable character. Residents enjoy the close proximity of Woodley Park, the home of the National Zoo, and Columbia Heights, which offers additional restaurants and shops to explore, all within walking distance.
Adams Morgan has transportation options for everyone. The closest metro is Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan, which is a quick walk across the Calvert St. Bridge. There are also several bus lines that can bring you around the city, including the $1 Circulator. If driving is more your speed, you are right down the road from Rock Creek Parkway.
Ronald Reagan National Airport < 10 miles
Washington Dulles International Airport < 30 miles
Baltimore Washington International Airport < 35 miles