Category Archives: Attractions

Wordless Wednesday: Mount Vernon

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Wordless Wednesday: Army of the Grand Republic

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The chapel in the cemetery

At first glance it seemed there was a little chapel in the middle of Rock Creek Cemetery. A beautiful Gothic stone building alongside many of the mausoleums of the rich and famous. And sure enough, walking up to it, I … Continue reading

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Sewall-Belmont House and Museum continues its cause

  Amid the famous buildings of Capitol Hill sits a small brick house with two centuries of history. The Sewall-Belmont House on the corner of Second St. and Constitution Ave. NE has been associated with our political leaders since the … Continue reading

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Fort Lincoln Cemetery clock that keeps on ticking

  What could be more fitting for a cemetery than a clock that never ends? This 1938 floral clock in the entrance area of Ft. Lincoln Cemetery just across the District’s border in Brentwood, Md. was created by famed timekeeper … Continue reading

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Spanish Steps of Washington

The Spanish Steps of Washington is a mere fraction of its namesake in Rome, but the Kalorama neighborhood marble oasis is a pleasant distraction and often place to rest. Built in 1911 by architect Robert E. Cook as part of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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Cavalry Baptist survives throughout the years

I once took a church group around Penn Quarter from Cavalry Baptist that wanted to know more about their neighborhood. I wanted to learn more about Cavalry Baptist. I’ve seen the brown brick venue peek out along 8th and H … Continue reading

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Police and fire boxes gain new life

I’ll admit not knowing the following story until becoming a tour guide. Like a lot of statues, I’d walk by these call boxes never knowing they were once the lifeline of police and firemen. It’s not often I find superb … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Breaux winery

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Tour guide on vacation – Boston

My first trip after graduating college was Boston. All those history classes made me want to see it. Thirty-four years later, my wife and I returned recently to see it again. Oh, I’ve been to Boston many times for work … Continue reading

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The history of flags by the FBI

Sometimes the government website says it better than we can. Here is the FBI’s website explanation of the history of flags along its building on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington. The Grand Union, or Continental Colors, serving from 1775-1777, was first … Continue reading

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Where the gossip grew along Embassy Row

Welcome to the home of the other “Washington Monument” as Alice Roosevelt Longfellow was called. The oldest daughter of president Teddy Roosevelt, she lived 96 years and they were very colorful years. Alice once said, “If you can’t say something … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Mount Vernon

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This old stone 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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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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Where do tour guides go on vacation?

The plan last spring seemed simple: head to New York City for a couple of days I had free in mid-August and see the sites. Who knew it was going to feel like 107 degrees? I know, it was even … Continue reading

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Lunar Bird makes your imagination soar

Like many things in the Hirshhorn Museum’s Sculpture Garden, Lunar Bird is a bit of a mystery. The best guess is it’s an imaginary bird with a symbol of the moon for a head, small wings and thick legs. A … Continue reading

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Alice Roosevelt found in Peacock Alley

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Wordless Wednesday: Not everything’s alive at National Zoo

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