Eckington is a neighborhood in Northeast Washington, D.C. less than 1.5 miles north of the Capitol, neighboring NoMa to its south, Bloomingdale to its west, Edgewood to its north and the Metropolitan Branch Trail to its east. The boundaries of Eckington are Rhode Island Avenue to the north, Florida Avenue to the south, North Capitol Street to the west, and Washington Metro’s Brentwood Yard to the east.
The land that became Eckington was originally the country home of Joseph Gales, Jr., owner of the National Intelligencer newspaper and mayor of D.C. from 1827 to 1830. Gales bought the northeast tract in 1815 and built a two-story house on the hilltop in 1830, about where 3rd and U streets intersect today. He named the estate Eckington after The Village in England where he was born.