Robert Pohl

Robert Pohl worked for many years as a computer programmer but recovered from that and became a full time stay-at-home dad. With his son now in school, he has expanded his horizons and become a self-taught historian. He has written books about his house as well as Emancipation in the District of Columbia. You can reach Robert at Robert[at]

Robert Pohl
25 Sep 2023


Lost Capitol Hill: Eastern Market’s Near Death Experience

I have looked at a number of aspects of Eastern Market since I started writing about Hill history. In fact, my first contribution to this site was to take pictures at its reopening in 2009. However, I’ve never tried to encompass the entire history of it until I was asked to give a talk to […]

18 Sep 2023


Lost Capitol Hill: Michael Shiner at Eastern Market

A few years ago, I looked at a few incidents of the life of Michael Shiner, who was born enslaved in Southern Maryland and brought to D.C. Here he was forced to work at the Navy Yard and observed the burning of Washington in 1814; he was later freed, but continued to work for the […]

17 Sep 2023

From the MPD Blotter

Arrests and other crime information in the area, directly from MPD. If you have a tip, you can always call 202-727-9099. You can also send info anonymously to the TEXT TIP LINE by texting 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment […]

15 Sep 2023


The Literary Hill Bookfest is Back!

The Literary Hill Bookfest, which has brought together local authors with their fans for many years now, is back and better than ever. This year, it will be on Sunday, September 17, from 11 until 3 in the North Hall of Eastern Market. The list of authors is long and distinguished, even if one of […]

11 Sep 2023


Lost Capitol Hill: Capitol Hill by Andrew Tully

File this under, “I read it so you don’t have to.” I found this book (Tully, Andrew. Capitol Hill. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962) recently, and you will not be surprised that the title intrigued me. A book from 1962 that was about my neighborhood? Sure! Except that it took about one-third of the […]

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