The vision for National Harbor began in the late 1990s, when the Peterson Companies found an underutilized plot of land along a mile and a quarter of one of the most historic rivers in America. Here, they set out to create an iconic, all-American, must-see waterfront destination dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the Potomac River.
The Potomac River represents thousands of years of economic, political, and cultural development. The river played a vital role in food, trade, and transportation for early settlements. In this video, discover:
- Potomac River Settlements
- Native American and Colonial Settlements
- The Potomac River & Slavery: The African American Experience
- The Addison Family of Oxon Hill
- Oxon Hill in the 19th & 20th Centuries
Loosely translated, “Potomac” means “where goods are brought” or “trading place.” In creating a destination aimed to inspire, entertain and bring people together by way of the waterfront, National Harbor honors that definition.