The Hidden Capitol

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A walk in the woods not far from my house, in Rock Creek Park.

 

You follow a path on the D.C. side, behind the horse stables, near Military Road, NW

You follow a path on the D.C. side, behind the horse stables, near Military Road, NW

On the right side, you find a pile of stones. These are not ordinary stones.

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Hidden in a national park are the stones of the old facade of the East front of the U.S. Capitol; stones that graced the building from Abraham Lincoln’s time. From Emmett Wilson’s time.

My husband walking among the aisles of stone.

My husband walking among the aisles of stone.

Some of the stones are neatly arranged, some are scattered about; they are heavy as hell, and deep in the woods. The U.S. Park Service is close by, and near the one point of access, so visitors can walk among the stones.

Some of the stones are neatly arranged, some are scattered about; they are heavy as hell, and deep in the woods. The U.S. Park Service is close by, and near the one point of access, so visitors can walk among the stones.

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It is mostly limestone and concrete here. Lovely details still intact, despite the moss and acid rain.

It is mostly limestone and concrete here. Lovely details still intact, despite the moss and acid rain.

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You could walk across the tops of these rows of stone, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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If you’d like to learn more about the hidden U.S. Capitol in Rock Creek park, see the link here.

 

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