Capitol Hill Restoration Society

Hog Catcher! – Rounding up Farm Animals on Capitol Hill – Overbeck Lecture

Posted on August 29th, 2022

“Hog Catcher! Hog Catcher!” Rounding Up Farm Animals On Capitol Hill is the topic of an Overbeck Lecture, Monday, September 19, 2022 at 7:30 pm at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Farm animals – pigs, cows, geese – found pleasant pasturage in the parks, streets, empty lots and front yards of Capitol Hill until about 1880. The September Overbeck lecture by independent researcher Hayden Wetzel will relive those exciting days when the police and later the District pound crew battled local residents to get these largish but, to their owners, valuable nuisances off public property, including the Capitol grounds. One newspaper reported: “She rescued her porker from a lightweight policeman and then not content with this tossed both officer and pig into the muddy sty.”

Overbeck lectures will resume on Monday, September 19, at 7:30 pm at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. Admission to the Overbeck Lecture is free but a reservation is required. After September 1 call 202-549-4172 or reserve through the Hill Center website ( All guests should show proof of vaccination against Covid 19. For updated Hill Center policy, see

Seating will begin at 7 pm for those who hold reservations. Available seats will be released to guests on the Wait List beginning at 7:15 pm. If you hold a reservation and find that you cannot attend, please contact us so that others can use your unclaimed seats,

Wetzel is the author of Mangy Curs and Stoned Horses: Animal Control in the District of Columbia from the Beginnings to about 1940 and Two Studies on the History of Southwest, D.C.: Buzzard Point, and Urban Renewal Parks.  Both publications will be available for sale at the lecture.

Overbeck lectures are supported by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. For more information on the lecture series, visit