Category Archives: Attractions

Finding Abingdon plantation inside airport

There’s a colonial plantation at Reagan (Washington National to locals) Airport. Or rather, there’s an airport on an old colonial plantation. I had to check out Abingdon Plantation when first learning of it from a company specializing in unique urban sites. … Continue reading

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The far side of Mount Vernon

I’ve been to Mount Vernon countless times over a half century since growing up across the Potomac River from the mansion. But I’ve only been down to the boat ramp and far crops twice. Yeah, that’s nuts. Nearly all of … Continue reading

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National Arboretum worth trip to edge of town

I used to jog (really) in the Arboretum in the late 1980s while working at the Washington Times. The Arboretum had an open gate by the newspaper along New York Ave.  and I ran best I could around the park. … Continue reading

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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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Alice Roosevelt found in Peacock Alley

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My favorite places – Washington National Cathedral

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Have a drink, kill a president

  Lincoln Assassination What did John Wilkes Booth do the hour before killing Abraham Lincoln? Why, have a drink. Hey, if you’re going to assassinate a president you might want to drink some courage first. Booth spent one hour nursing … Continue reading

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Holy Rosary Church offers Italian renaissance

The Italian-style church was established in 1913 to serve the more than 3,000 Italians in this “Little Italy” neighborhood who came here to help build the nation’s capital as stone carvers, masons and other trades. Located at 595 Third Street, … Continue reading

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St. John’s – “Church of the Presidents”

Every president since James Madison has attended the “Church of the Presidents” just a short walk (if they could do so nowadays) from the White House at 15th and H Sts. N.W. Madison started the tradition of the “President’s Pew” … Continue reading

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Washington National Cathedral inspires

Want to see an old Roman church in Washington, D.C.? The Washington National Cathedral is the closest thing I’ve found since touring Italy. You may recognize the world’s sixth largest church from televised events like late president Ronald Reagan’s funeral … Continue reading

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Chinese Community Church has something old, something new

It took modern science to make the Chinese Community Church look like 1852. Founded by U.S. Capitol architect Thomas Ustick Walter as a Presbyterian church, it was later a Jewish temple and Baptist church before purchased by the Chinese Community … 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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Bill Hartack at Portrait Gallery

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Wordless Wednesday: Bill Shoemaker

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Mount Vernon back to original color

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Yogi Berra at American Portrait Gallery

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Photographing the National Cathedral

You can’t take a bad photo in the National Cathedral. Oh, you can always take an average one, but the Cathedral is one of my favorite places in town and begs to be photographed. Forget the outside unless you have … Continue reading

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National Cathedral in Legos

It took 83 years to build the National Cathedral. Now it will take three to five years to build a Legos version. As part of the ongoing $34 million in renovations to the cathedral courtesy of a 2011 earthquake damage, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: American Portrait Gallery

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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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