“A view of the Capitol of Washington before it was burnt down by the British.” Watercolor by William Russell Birch circa 1800. (Library of Congress)

"A view of the Capitol of Washington before it was burnt down by the British." Watercolor by William Russell Birch circa 1800. (Library of Congress)

About Ghosts of DC

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District. He lives in Columbia Heights with Mrs. Ghost and Ghost Dog. On September 3rd, 2013, the second site launched as Ghosts of Baltimore.

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