25 Apr 2016

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: John L. Wirt

Last week, I looked at the tussle between Representatives Rathbun and White on the House floor. While the fracas itself was quickly resolved, and the combatants soon realized the error of their ways, there was a coda to the events of that day that had long-lasting repercussions. While Rathbun and White were going at it, […]


14 Apr 2016

Events:

To Do: Weekend of April 14th-17th

Hey Spring! Thanks for stopping by. Took you long enough… SO how to celebrate the extra days to turn in our taxes?? Tonight at 6pm learn to pair cocktails and bivalves at Union Market Rappahannock: Pearls & Potions. This week’s Test Kitchen event features the folks from Rappahannock Oyster Bar. Your $54 ticket includes a dozen […]


11 Apr 2016

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: The Capitol Fence

A friend (OK, actually The Hill is Home’s own Maria Helena Carey) asked about the odd columns in the National Gallery’s sculpture garden.  Made of dingy sandstone, they match the huts that sit on Constitution Avenue, on the Ellipse, and at the corners of 15th and 17th Streets. As it turns out, these do have […]


04 Apr 2016

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: The 1st Michigan Cavalry’s Hospital

A few months ago, I wrote about Carroll’s Spring and was thus surprised to find a connection to it during the Civil War – as a camping place for the 1st Michigan Cavalry. Washington D.C. spent most of its time during the Civil War as an armed camp – and as a hospital. Given the prevalence […]


21 Mar 2016

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Pontoon Bridges at the Washington Navy Yard

Creating a quick way across a river during wartime is a question that has plagued generals since the dawn of warfare. As early as 480 BC, clever engineers had come up with a quick solution: A bridge that was, in essence, a series of boats tied together. These pontoon bridges could be rigged up quickly, […]


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