Author Archives: Rick

This old house . . .

Georgetown has plenty of old bricks, but this stone home along M and 30th Sts. stands out. That’s because it’s the Old Stone House. Built in 1765, the home is the oldest private home in Washington. The house was built … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Iwo Jima Memorial

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The Awakening now entertains tourists

For 31 years, a 70-foot statue has been trying to get up in the morning. Guess I’m not so slow after all. The Awakening is a 70-foot statue of a man trying to get up from the earth. There are … Continue reading

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Octagon House – when six equals eight

                  I have driven past the Octagon House hundreds of times because my wife worked on the same block for 30 years. I never knew its full story; just that it was … Continue reading

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Let the lions roar

There are lots and lots of lion statues around town. You get five bonus points if knowing this one is part of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on E St. N.W. between 4th and 5th Streets (across the National … Continue reading

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Finally, an honest man in Judiciary Square

How many statues are there of Abraham Lincoln around town? That’s a good question. And, I don’t know the answer. What’s special about this one in front of the D.C. Court of Appeals (Lincoln was a lawyer, after all) is … Continue reading

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What’s the most photographed statue in town?

Nobody really knows, but if it’s not Abraham Lincoln at his memorial than it’s surely Andrew Jackson here in Lafayette Park. Why? First, it’s a great statue. Second, it’s right by the White House. Third, it’s a dynamite shot, especially … Continue reading

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Stephen DeCatur House remains special

Stephen DeCatur must have been one cool cat, if not an unlucky one. After fighting in the War of 1812 and later facing pirates off the Barbary Coast, DeCatur used the “prize money” from Congress to build this three-story brick … Continue reading

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Rochambeau led French to America’s aid

Gen. Comte Jean de Rochambeau is shown in Lafayette Park as a major general of the Continental Army directing his arm with his outstretched right hand with an unfurled copy of the battleplan in his left. Underneath Rochambeau is the … Continue reading

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Lafayette Park urns have their mystery

Much like the urns in the gardens of the Versailles Palace, these two urns were forged in the same furnaces that created Union cannons in the Civil War. They were used for flowers in the late 1880s, but now sit … Continue reading

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Lafayette – the Frenchman that Americans loved

The General Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette was a key figure in American winning its independence. Lafayette blocked the escape route of the British ships at Yorktown, thus forcing Gen. Cornwallis to surrender to George Washington. Lafayette stands atop a marble … Continue reading

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My favorite places — Korean War Veterans Memorial

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Wordless Wednesday: George, almost in birthday suit

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Don’t rush into World War II Memorial – you’re missing out

I didn’t notice the bas relief panels the first time I walked into the World War II Memorial. Like many, I was eager to see the fountain and the memorial from the middle. OK, go ahead. But when you’re done, … Continue reading

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My favorite places — Tomb of the Unknowns

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Wordless Wednesday: Georgetown waterfront

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Remembering Jackie Kennedy in the park

Everyone usually thinks of Jackie Kennedy alongside her husband John F. Kennedy at the eternal flame in Arlington National Cemetery. But, you can catch a glimpse of her name outside a one-time dorm along 21st St. N.W. when attending George … Continue reading

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Remembering JFK at Holy Trinity church

Holy Trinity Church (3513 N. St. NW) was the city’s first Catholic church in 1792. In the early years, parishioners either rented space on the pews or brought their own chair. But don’t worry, today’s 10,000 parishioners have ample room … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Life on the C&O Canal

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George Washington and Purple Heart

There’s a marker just a few yards left to the entrance into Mount Vernon that is often overlooked but a pretty cool remembrance of history. George Washington wasn’t allowed by the Continental Congress to promote Revolutionary War soldiers based on … Continue reading

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