A Haunted Evening Enjoyed at October Preservation Café By Amanda Molson
Capitol Hill-based author Tim Krepp was the featured speaker at October’s Preservation Café. Tim shared selections from his fascinating new book, Capitol Hill Haunts, just in time for Halloween. The book is part of the “Haunted America” series from The History Press, the publishing house that also produced Wicked Capitol Hill by local author Robert S. Pohl.
The books kicks off with haunted tales of the Capitol itself (including sightings of the terrifying “Demon Cat”), then continues on to stories of mystery in other federal office buildings. Tim devotes the bulk of the book to tales of the occult beyond the Capitol complex, taking readers southeast to the Maples and Duddington Manor, then northeast to the H Street Playhouse and Gallaudet. And what book on ghost stories would be complete without a trip to Congressional Cemetery? In this section on Hill East, Tim also explores a haunted brewery on the site now occupied by Safeway and executions at the old District Jail on Reservation 13. Replete with old photographs, maps and prints, the book is a great lesson on Capitol Hill history in general. Add to that a violin that plays itself, a rocking chair that moves on its own, and a particularly naughty ghost who lives near Barracks Row. The result is a recipe for great fun – and fright – this season.
When not chasing ghosts and enjoying Capitol Hill with his family, Tim Krepp is a tour guide in Washington and New York City. Tim is also well-known to readers of local blog The Hill is Home, and he features great things to do and see on his own blog, DC Like a Local. Tim’s book can be purchased online at Amazon and at the website for The History Press, www.historypress.net. It is also carried locally at the Barnes & Noble in Union Station.
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