Haul of Presidents

What if you threw an inauguration and every president — dead ones included — came? There would be a lot of grousing (“My hair did NOT look like that”) and some hurt feelings (“THAT’s my legacy?”). To ease these bruised egos, we found locations at which to honor each commander in chief, even the lousy […]

President Lincoln’s Cottage

Abraham Lincoln had two homes while in office: the White House and this 34-room “cottage” — the word refers to the style, not size — on the grounds of the Soldiers’ Home, a haven for retired or disabled veterans. (It’s still in use, now called the Armed Forces Retirement Home.) Here the Lincoln family lived […]

By Explore D.C. | Exhibits | November 29, 2012

Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop, in business from 1792 to 1933, was a charming mix of general store and (legal) opiate dispensary. It sold paint, shoe polish, candy, cigars, garden implements and other sundries alongside mostly plant-based remedies. The Stabler and Leadbeater families kept meticulous records; documents including Martha Washington’s request for Stabler’s castor oil are […]

By Explore D.C. | Exhibits | November 15, 2012