Shutters that prevent a shudder

The Stephen DeCatur House is one of the more interesting homes around Lafayette Park by the White House. And why not since it was the home of a very interesting person.

Commodore DeCatur was a naval hero, having battled the Barbary pirates among others. He used the prize money from Congress for those victories to build the first house by the White House in 1819. He lived there barely one year when dying in a duel.

And that’s where it gets interesting. DeCatur’s ghost is said to be often seen wandering the building, which is now a naval museum. The sounds of crying and a general feeling of sadness is said to be felt by visitors.

But the reason some windows are shuttered is because DeCatur’s spirit is said to be seen staring out them. So, they were bricked up and have shutters.


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