August 29, 2019
What a lovely old photo of the Smithsonian Castle in 1856. Click on it for incredible details.
August 29, 2019
This lovely painting shows Georgetown in the distance as it looked in 1855. Source: Library of Congress
February 18, 2016
This is the oldest known photo of the U.S. Department of State. The photo is from 1857 and shows the old State Department building, before it was located in Foggy Bottom, and even before...
February 23, 2015
The area formerly known as Peach Grove eventually came to be known as Tysons Crossroads and then Tysons Corner after William Tyson.
September 19, 2014
Check this out … it’s an old 1858 plan for the Navy Yard. Source: Library of Congress
April 1, 2014
Whoa. This one is amazing. James Buchanan was the president when this photo was taken — unless it was early that year, then it was Franklin Pierce. Source: Library of Congress The conservatory was...
March 28, 2014
Have you ever seen a photo of the White House stables? We haven’t actually come across one until we found this at the Library of Congress. How cool is this? The photo was taken...
March 12, 2014
Now this has to be one of the best maps we’ve come across recently. It shows Washington in the 1850s, marking all the buildings, roads, and rural property owners. It’s really fascinating to see...
February 18, 2014
This is an extremely rare photograph of James Buchanan‘s Inauguration at the East Front of the Capitol Building on March 4th, 1857. It’s a little blurry and not the highest resolution, but amazing nevertheless....