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]thehillishome.com

Robert Pohl
24 Apr 2017

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: The Ugly Club

It seems unlikely, but there was – for a time – a club on Capitol Hill named the Ugly Club. It flourished for a few years – in a couple of incarnations – before the Civil War. After that, it disappeared again. The original Ugly Clubs were formed in Great Britain in the 18th Century, as […]


17 Apr 2017

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Emancipation Day

One hundred and fifty-five days ago yesterday Abraham Lincoln signed a bill “An Act For the Release of Certain Persons Held to Service or Labor in the District of Columbia” which freed all the slaves in the District of Columbia. This marked the first time the Federal Government freed any slaves, and the only time the […]


10 Apr 2017

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Gilbert Vanderwerken and His Omnibus pt. 2

Last week, we looked at Gilbert Vanderwerken and his Omnibus, the first truly viable form of public transportation in the District of Columbia. Today, we will finish up the story. While it is unclear what Vanderwerken did about “loose hanging fat” being transported in his omnibuses, the latter half of the 1850s were a bit […]


03 Apr 2017

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Gilbert Vanderwerken and his Omnibus

Public transportation is a subject that I return to again and again. Today, I will look at one of the earliest ways you could get to the Navy Yard from the rest of Washington. In the early days in Washington, the only form of public transportation was a stagecoach that went from the Capitol to […]


27 Mar 2017

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Daniel W. Jarboe, Murderer, Pt. 3

Part three of the Jarboe saga has a great twist. Good morning, Capitol Hill!


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