The Forrest-Marbury House is the District's only building whose documented history is intertwined with the founding of the national capital. It was in this house that George Washington dined with the District Commissioners and others on the day in March 1791 when Washington and the local proprietors reached the agreement that established the Federal City's approximate boundaries and arrived at a formula for dividing the land between the Government and the proprietors.
The house was constructed sometime between 1788 and 1790 when the property was owned by Benjamin Stoddert, an active slaveholder. Uriah Forrest, Stoddert's business partner, lived in the house in the early 1790s, and John Marbury, the plaintiff in the famous Marbury v. Madison (1803) decision, lived in the house during the early 19th century.
The historic home on M Street NW now houses the Embassy of Ukraine.
DC Inventory: November 8, 1964 (Joint Committee on Landmarks)
National Register: July 2, 1973
Within Georgetown Historic District
This site is included in the Capital City Slavery Tour as a site of enslavement and living space for enslaved laborers. For further information on slavery in the District, explore DC Preservation League's Capital City Slavery Digital Exhibit.