Earlier this evening I found the following on the web:
"A few miles northwest of Washington DC is a tiny hamlet known as Tobytown. You won’t find it on most maps, but long-time residents know where it is, hard by the Potomac, founded by slaves who swam across the river to escape from the Confederacy. Its not much to look at. Just a collection of ramshackle wood and tar paper dwellings stuck in a grove of trees. Over time it become surrounded to $2 and $3 million homes to some of Washington’s elite and powerful: high powered attorneys, lobbyists, the occasional Senator or Congressman. The sight of Tobytown out their back windows, from their pools, or tennis courts was somewhat discomforting. So a few years ago these magnanimous residents took up a collection to build…
a ten foot high fence surrounding"
This sounds preposterous, but not too preposterous, if you know what I mean. Anybody know enough to confirm/debunk this story?
I’ve been there. It’s real, but not as bad as described. I don’t recall a fence, but it was night, so there may have been one. It’s not a “collection of ramshackle wood and tar paper dwellings stuck in a grove of trees”. As I recall, it was just a few sorta low-end houses that you might see anywhere in poorer sections of the suburbs. Still, it’s kind of odd, given the location.