25 Feb 2019

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Mary Logan’s Hill

I have often written about guide books to Washington D.C., focusing on what they have to say about Capitol Hill. So when I found a thick volume entitled Thirty Years in Washington, I had to get it. Written by “Mrs. John A Logan” – actually Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan [pictured] – the book is subtitled […]


10 Oct 2018

Calendar:

Enjoy a New Tradition with Capitol Hill Day!

Even though the United States Capitol is a hub of activity, always bustling with visitors from near and far, we locals don’t always look to our eponymous dome to just hang out and delight in the amazing community we have around us. Enter the first ever Capitol Hill Day, coming up this Saturday, October 13 […]


01 Oct 2018

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Ebeling’s Capitol

I have often written of travel guides of Washington, and have tried to find ever earlier attempts to describe the city. I may have come upon the earliest of all. Christoph Daniel Ebeling, born in Germany in 1741, became intrigued by the North American continent while studying theology at Göttingen University. While he thereafter became […]


16 Apr 2018

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: Philip Reid

On this Emancipation Day it is appropriate to look at the story of one man who was freed because of Lincoln’s signing of the D.C. Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862. His name was Philip Reid. While you may not know him, you see his work every time you look at the Capitol. I have […]


11 Apr 2016

History:

Lost Capitol Hill: The Capitol Fence

A friend (OK, actually The Hill is Home’s own Maria Helena Carey) asked about the odd columns in the National Gallery’s sculpture garden.  Made of dingy sandstone, they match the huts that sit on Constitution Avenue, on the Ellipse, and at the corners of 15th and 17th Streets. As it turns out, these do have […]


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