33. 1363-1365 Wisconsin Avenue

Photo by Andrena Crockett

Montgomery Tavern (Currently BB&T Bank)

In early Washington, the real business of making America took place in taverns. The Supreme Court met in taverns. Congressmen caucused in taverns. And John Beattie plied his human wares in a Georgetown tavern: Montgomery’s. Montgomery’s, according to one source, catered to farmers auctioning tobacco and produce and came to look over Beattie’s slaves before bidding on them. Montgomery’s was also home to shareholder meetings for Georgetown banks, a site almost certainly off-putting if not outright forbidding to their black shareholders, including Yarrow Mamout. Capable of housing at least 300 horses, the site included sprawling stables.

(Source: Georgetown University)