As one of the oldest communities in DC, Tenleytown enjoys a long and rich history. It was originally built up as a rural village centered around a tavern that brought in wagon traffic traveling from farms to Georgetown.
In fact, at one time Tenleytown was called Tennally’s Town after the owner of the tavern. This Northwest neighborhood was also once home to a commercial area including a blacksmith shop, a few stores and a church.
It’s location, though, no doubt made it an important site during the Civil War. Tenleytown sits on the highest point in the District, making it the obvious choice for a fort and the location of Union forces.
Following the war, the site developed into Reno City. The mostly African American community built up homes,…