Adams Morgan


Roads to Diversity

Long appreciated as one of the city's most multi-cultural neighborhoods, Adams Morgan as we know it now is the legacy of elite colonial families, Jewish merchants, liberal activists, transportation planners, and revolutionaries.

The same breezy hilltops that once attracted Native Americans and pioneers later became home to furriers and caterers, the wealthy, and the noteworthy. Today, Adams Morgan is a bustling, eclectic neighborhood embracing African and Latino immigrants, nightclubs, and brand new condominiums.

Adams Morgan is ever changing. Even its name is new. This area once was known simply as '18th and Columbia,' referring to its major crossroads.


Each painting below represents one of the stops on the Adams Morgan Heritage Trail. Click to see larger versions and full descriptions of what bit of history inspired each painting.

There are 18 stops on the Adams Morgan Heritage Trail. Dana Ellyn is working towards creating a painting for every stop. Please check back often to see the newest paintings and learn a new bit of DC history with each visit!

Learn more about the Neighborhood Heritage Trails on the Cultural Tourism DC website.

Click here to return to main page to see paintings from all the Heritage Trail neighborhoods.

To purchase or inquire about a painting, please email:

© Dana Ellyn 2014