For DC insiders, there’s a lot to this city –– there’s old and new architecture, an art scene, plenty of history, food and drinks to enjoy, culture abound, and so much more. To tourists, sometimes DC can seem less multidimensional –– they know our home for its monuments and cherry blossoms. And while yes, we’ve all seen the monuments, it’s safe to say there’s more to our city that meets they eye (or that goes in a tour book)…but that goes for the monuments, too. So what don’t you know about some of the cities most famous sights? You might be surprised. Here are some little-known facts about one of the most famous monuments here: The Lincoln Memorial. … THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL
Looking for a vacation home? This property in upstate New York, near the Adirondack mountains, boasts 99 acres, incredible views, 98,000 square feet of living space, and sleeps 250. The only catch – it’s a prison.
Well, former prison. After a series of legal reforms, New York reduced its inmate population so much that it’s had to close over a dozen prisons, and they’re now on the auction block. Only one has been successfully repurposed so far; the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility is now the Warwick Valley Office Park. (The hyper-irony of having a miserable, fluorescent-lit cubicle job in what used to be a literal prison is peak America.) … ONE OF THESE ABANDONED PRISONS COULD BE THE COUNTRY HOME OF YOUR DREAMS (OR NIGHTMARES)
Although D.C.’s Chinatown is small and continues to shrink every year, no one can say our Chinese New Year celebration doesn’t rock.
Thousands don puffy coats and knit caps every year and flood into the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop looking to secure prime parade viewing spots along 7th and 8th streets.
If you’re ever driving around Forest Glen looking for the Metro and you get lost and you come upon a Swiss chalet and a Japanese pagoda, you have not entered another world, you have just discovered the National Park Seminary. … PRESERVING HISTORY AT NATIONAL PARK SEMINARY
The Washington Post published a pretty amazing story earlier this summer telling the insane tale of a forgotten memorial for six Nazi spies who were captured and extralegally executed back during World War 2. (Though let’s also note the Post was in no way the first one on the story.) But the article casually drops and then quickly moves on from one of the juiciest tidbits in the whole story; that there are six Nazis buried in unmarked graves somewhere in the District. So where are they? (You know this blogpost has a 50/50 chance to be optioned as a Nicholas Cage vehicle, right?) … WHERE IN DC ARE THE UNMARKED NAZI SPY GRAVES?
You may have walked right by the Octagon Museum without even noticing it on your way to sexier D.C. historic spots, like the White House or DAR Constitution Hall. Once you get those out of your system though, stop at this small but important structure — one of the first homes built in Washington, D.C. … STOP AT THE OCTAGON MUSEUM FOR A TASTE OF LOCAL HISTORY
There’s a log house in New Jersey that was built a hundred years before George Washington was born, and it’s for sale. The C.A. Nothnagle Log House in Greenwich Township, built around 1643 and officially the oldest wooden structure in North America, is a literal house-shaped piece of history (it’s been in the National Register of Historical Places since 1976), and as you might imagine, history isn’t cheap; the house is presently listed at just under $3 million. … NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO BUY ONE OF THE OLDEST HOMES IN THE UNITED STATES