Capitol Hill Haunts

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From the Demon Cat that stalks the Washington crypt to the restless spirit of John Quincy Adams in Statuary Hall, it is no wonder that in 1898 the Philadelphia Press declared the Capitol to be the most thoroughly haunted building in the world. Yet there are as many ghosts in the neighborhood as there are beneath the dome. Local writer and guide Tim Krepp intrepidly takes on the best-known haunted tales while also exploring the lesser-known specters. From the weeping lady of The Maples to Commodore Tingey, who ...
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Overview

From the Demon Cat that stalks the Washington crypt to the restless spirit of John Quincy Adams in Statuary Hall, it is no wonder that in 1898 the Philadelphia Press declared the Capitol to be the most thoroughly haunted building in the world. Yet there are as many ghosts in the neighborhood as there are beneath the dome. Local writer and guide Tim Krepp intrepidly takes on the best-known haunted tales while also exploring the lesser-known specters. From the weeping lady of The Maples to Commodore Tingey, who still stands watch in the Navy Yard, to the dozens of famous ghosts hosted by Congressional Cemetery, many former residents seem bound to their old home. Join Krepp as he explores the most historic and hair-raising haunts of the Hill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609495862
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Haunted America
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 959,787
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Krepp is part owner of Walking Shtick Tours, a Capitol Hill-based tour company.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

Part I The Haunted Capitol Building 13

Lenthall's Curse 15

Ghosts of the Rotunda 16

The Demon Gat 19

John Quincy Adams's Last Address 20

Wilbur Mills's Office Hours 23

Tubbing with Henry Wilson 24

The Haunted Committee Room 27

The Bloody Steps 28

Keeping the Capitol Running 30

Part II Other Federal Haunts 33

The Phantom Wheelman 34

John Calhoun's Ignored Vision 38

The Guilty Henry Wirz 40

A Mysterious Violinist 43

Time to Read for Mr. Folger 44

The Lost Stash of Government Bonds 45

Ghosts of the Jefferson Building 48

The Trials and Tribulations of Judge Holt 49

Part III Haunted Houses Of Historic Capitol Hill 53

The Faded Glory of Duddington Manor 53

A Contemporary Haunted House 57

Olivia's Ghostly Housemate 60

The Spooky Police Station 65

Old Howard 68

Part IV Ghosts on Duty: Haunts of the Navy and Marine Corps 73

The Watchful Commodore 74

Buried Treasure 78

Archibald Henderson's House 81

The Red Rubber Ball 84

Part V Near Northeast: Urban Renewal? These Ghosts Never Left 87

The Gas Lamp Suicide 88

Silver Bullet Sedgwick 90

H(aunted) Street Playhouse 92

The Brent Vault Vampire 96

Ghosts of Gallaudet 100

Part VI Beer, Bones and Cemeteries: Ghosts of Hill East 105

The Haunted Brewery 105

Ghosts of the Last Mile 108

The Head of William Wirt 112

Beau Hickman: Prince of American Bummers 114

Ghosts of the Cemetery Proper 116

Notes 121

About the Author 127

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