Celebrating 17 years


Rare Images of Early American Places

The word 'places' is commonly understood to mean a specific space, area, or spot, such as cities and towns and landscapes. However, we will use that meaning to infer a sense of place that comes from experiencing those 'places.' And how those 'places' impacted early America.

The places chronicled by the images in this section illustrate the depth and, even brilliance, of those who made the years of early America a unique experience in history.

A man of vision, George Washington understood the role of building and architecture as a powerful force in establishing a sense of place in society but also a lasting national identity. His experience as a land surveyor from the age of 17 gave him an understanding for space and distance he would utilize later in life. When Washington chose to expand and remodel Mount Vernon, he used architecture to express his place among his peers. Eventually, this need to create 'place' allowed him to guide the creation of a federal city as a world-class capital. A capital city that offered monumental public buildings, wide laws and inspiring vistas.

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These images, in effect clip art, can be downloaded at no charge for personal use only. To download the large image to your computer, right-click the small image and select "Save target as" (Internet Explorer) or "Save link as" (Firefox). In exchange we would appreciate it if you gave us a credit line "Courtesy of Archiving Early America" and a link to our site, http://www.earlyamerica.com. These images are also available for commercial use in a high resolution format for a licensing fee.