The Strange, Bizarre, and Uncommon Sights of DC
Washington D.C. is a city filled with a rich history and unusual sites that define our spike and charisma as a Nation. Whether you live in the city, are visiting from out of town, or are just intrigued by the places bound to our nation’s roots stay tuned, we are going to explore the strange and unusual attractions in Washington DC!
The strange and unusual can create quite the allure, so sit back and relax before you decide to stroll down the unbeaten path. We are going to explore the curious, wakey and just plain ghastly features in our Nation’s Capital.
This is the final showdown, and it’s a steep one. If you are a horror movie fanatic then you will remember the final scene of the 1976 film The Exorcist. In the scene, Father Karras takes on a demon and falls down all 97 steps of this intense staircase located in Washington D.C.
You can actually find the staircase in Georgetown on 36TH St Nw And M St NW, right next to a gas station. We invite you to climb the 97 steps in times of trouble, create a daily workout routine to kill off the demons we like to call calories. And/ or use this epic pop culture landmark as your next break-up spot for shocking results.
There are strange pieces of history tucked into the nooks and crannies of Rock Creek Park. The Mount Zion Cemetery was closed in the 1950s and now its remains are covered in vines, branches, and vegetation nearby Dupont Circle.
Among the hills and vegetation, you will find one of many African American underground railroad way-stations. This was the perfect spot because no one thought to search among the dead. If you do happen upon the 64 square foot structure which helped slaves along their path to freedom, commemorate it for the lives it saved.
The Riggs Library is a middling historical source and one of the last remaining cast-iron libraries in the nation. This building was constructed in the late 1800s by Paul J. Plez, that same architect that drafted up designs for the Library of Congress.
This incredible source of knowledge is filled with historical texts, four cast-iron staircases, and an abundance of old books from the mid 18th century. It is located in the Georgetown University library, and it is not technically open to the public. We do however suggest trying to book an appointment to explore its glorious shelves.
Next up we are headed to the place of Lincoln’s death. Inside the death place of our 16th president lies a 34ft tall monument of books dedicated to the life and times of President Lincoln. The ink and minds over the face of time have created over 15,000 writings about this president that sadly perished by gunshot on April 14th, 1865.
This peculiar monument is made from fireproof bent aluminum. Each book was hand-painted with great care, to make this monument look ultra-realistic. After climbing the staircase you can find some of the titles written on the epic piece of artwork for sale in the Peterson House. Its great commemoration reminds the passerby of the importance of reading the stories of our great nation.Peterson House