Boo! Our Capitol is Haunted!
It's almost time to dust off that tattered Warlock costume and head to
your neighbor's famed, yearly Halloween party! Or perhaps you are more the type
to kick back with a bowl of popcorn and watch Freddy Krueger for the 124th
time. While you anxiously wait for that ghoulish evening to arrive, here are a
few popular stories from Washington DC's was a very long, haunted
ghost cat |
Abraham Lincoln |
Octagon house |
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The Demon /Ghost Cat
The cat is usually spotted between the Crypt of the Capitol and
the Old Supreme Court Chamber. Tourists have seen little paw prints on the
floors in the halls of the basement even though unattended pets are not allowed
in the Capitol. The story goes that before the Capitol was built, Capitol
Hill, now Jenkins Hill, was the home of a den of black cats. Once construction
began in 1794, the cat’s den was destroyed along with the family of cats. The
mother cat now roams the basement of the Capitol building searching for her
young where, presumably, the den was located. Some witnesses report that
the cat swells to the size of a giant tiger when alerted. It then either
explodes or pounces at the witness disappearing before it catches it’s victim.
According to legend, the cat is seen before presidential elections and
tragedies in Washington DC. It was supposedly spotted the nights before the
assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln and The White House
Although there have been a very high number of apparitions of
deceased American presidents reported at The White House, Abraham Lincoln is by
far the most frequently sighted. According to Grace Coolidge, she saw the
apparition of the lanky former president looking out the window of the Oval
Office gazing beyond the Potomac to the former Civil War battlefields.
While living in The White House, Lady Bird Johnson reported feeling Lincoln’s
presence one night while she watched a television show about his death. During
one of Roosevelt’s terms, Eleanor Roosevelt used the Lincoln Bedroom as her
study. She would feel his presence late at night when she worked. Winston
Churchill, while visiting the White House during WW2, told a story of returning
from his evening bath to find the former president sitting by the fireplace in
his room. Another guest of the White House, Queen Wilhelmina of the
Netherlands, heard a knock at her door during the night. When she opened the
door, she fainted after reportedly seeing President Lincoln at her door wearing
his top hat.
The Octagon House
This house is reported to be the most haunted home in DC. The
house was built by Colonel John Tayloe, a close friend of George Washington. The house is
believed to be haunted by the spirits of African American slaves who once lived
there. There is evidence that the walled back yard of The Octagon itself may
have served as a slave market. On separate occasions, 2 of Tayloe’s daughters
fell down the staircase to their deaths. Both were quarreling with their father
at the time of their falls. Other sightings of spirits include Dolly Madison
who was seen near the fireplace in the main ballroom heading towards the garden
and a slave girl that was allegedly thrown from the 3rd floor
landing to the first floor by a British soldier during the War of 1812.
Eyewitnesses have reported hearing her scream. A gambler shot to death in a 3rd floor
bedroom in the late 19th century has sometimes been seen still
in the bed he died in. Multiple witnesses have reported hearing assorted
screams, moans and footsteps.