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
17 Jun 2019

Lost Capitol Hill: The Robert Emmet Statue

My look over the past few weeks at items cast at the Navy Yard that were not military in nature actually had its genesis in an article I read about a particular statue. This statue may well have been the last to be cast there. Although munitions continued to be produced there until 1962, I […]

10 Jun 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Further Casting at the Navy Yard

I began last week looking at times when the Washington Navy Yard was used to cast items that were not directly Navy-related. Today, we continue by looking at one of the statues in downtown D.C. and its creation. David Farragut is one of the most famous officers in the United States Navy, having served during […]

07 Jun 2019

Eastern Market:

Ten Years of the New Eastern Market

Almost exactly ten years ago, Eastern Market reopened, which also occasioned the first time I had pictures published in The Hill is Home. Today, Fox5 were on site for their Zip Trip, in which they look at – and broadcast from – various neighborhoods around the region. A few pictures from this event.

03 Jun 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: White House Urns

I am always on the lookout for times when the Washington Navy Yard was used for purposes not directly related to their mission, whether building a ducking stool, a model ship, or an observatory chair. Thus, when I recently read an article about a statue that was cast there, I decided to search the literature […]

27 May 2019


Memorial Day Memorial Changes

For this year’s Memorial Day post, I’m not going to go with my usual rerun, but instead stray very far off the Hill and my usual historical researches and put on my other hat – that of a D.C. tour guide. I love showing the people the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The simplicity of the memorial […]

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