23 Mar 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Raising the 1st USCT

I have written before of the church that once stood just south of the Capitol; on its use by the Israel Bethel congregation; and on how it played host to the mustering of the 1st Regiment, United States Colored Troops in 1863. As next month I will be giving a tour of the Hill which […]

23 Feb 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: The Capital Conservatory

While I have written numerous times about schools on Capitol Hill, this has usually meant public schools – or private schools offering the usual three Rs. Today, I want to look at a school that flourished (briefly) on the Hill, offering a very different range of subjects to its students. The Capital Conservatory first appears […]

16 Feb 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: The Lincoln School

Last week, we looked at the first public school for African Americans, opened in the Little Ebenezer church. Its explosive growth, fueled not only by the D.C. Emancipation Act but also by the law securing schooling for all children, meant that they soon outgrew their modest beginnings. And so, a new school – and this […]

09 Feb 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: The Little Ebenezer Church School

I have written multiple times about schools on Capitol Hill, but there’s an important one that I have thus far missed. It’s an important piece of a tour I will be giving in April, as part of their Emancipation Day celebration. The first public school in the District of Columbia opened in 1806, next to the […]

12 Jan 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: The First Navy Yard Neighborhood School

The Navy Yard neighborhood of Capitol Hill was the first real neighborhood to develop in D.C. While the city as a whole existed entirely to support the new Federal government and was therefore full of clerks, this neighborhood was there for the Navy Yard and so here lived all those needed to build and repair […]