22 May 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Henry and Sylvia Wilson

Last week, we looked at the aftermath of a raid on a young enslaved African-American. Despite having almost bought himself free, he was taken away from Mrs. Sprigg’s boarding house and sold. Joshua Giddings, Abraham Lincoln’s messmate at Mrs. Sprigg’s, attempted to rescue the young man from a slave pen, but was thwarted because Henry Wilson had […]

01 May 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: A Model Monitor

I have previously written about James Buchanan’s inaugural parade and the model ship built by the men at the Washington Navy Yard for that occasion. This was, it turns out, not the only time they were engaged in a project of this nature. While Lincoln’s first inauguration was a fairly anxiety-riddled affair, with war in […]

24 Apr 2017


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 […]

13 Apr 2017

To Do:

To Do: Weekend of April 13th – 16th

Pollen. Passover. Easter. All of these may be taking over your weekend plans; but in case you have some space in your calendar, try these ideas. Tonight in the Test Kitchen at Union Market, learn to brew your very own probiotic fungal tea with Craft Kombucha. You will leave with your own brewing vessel, SCOBY […]

03 Apr 2017


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 […]

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