As the national capital, Washington DC holds the record for the state with one of the largest annual visitor turnouts. The state besides being the center of the government has several attractions and sights promising a delightful experience for visitors. Noted for its historic monuments and memorials that convey the national struggle that led to the foundation of the nation, Washington is an incredible place for visitors both from the country and abroad.
However, there is much more to discover in Washington in the form of lesser-known museums, places, and passageways. These places are usually not included in most private tours of DC and visiting them means deviating from the itineraries mentioned in these tour programs. These places are known not only for their beauty but for their historical significance as well. Below is a list of five little known historically significant places to visit in Washington.
National Capital Columns
The National Capitol Columns is the most notable landmark of the State of Washington. It is actually 22 large Corinthian columns staying unsupported from any kind of roofing. The columns were built in 1828 for the Capitol dome but were abandoned, as it did not offer proper support to the dome. It was only in the 1980s that the columns were moved to their current resting place, the Arboretum. As a photogenic location, it is an ideal place to take pictures and rest on its surrounding grassy grounds.
Built in the 1870s, the Capitol Grotto is a brick structure that was actually intended to be a resting place for travelers arriving at the Capitol. Frederick Law Olmsted, a prominent landscape architect designed the Capitol Grotto. Located on the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Capitol Grotto is the ideal place for visitors to spend time and refresh themselves. The interiors of the structure offer a cool atmosphere that offers relief against the summer heat.
One of the oldest taverns in the country and the world, the Gadsby’s Tavern is one incredible place to visit to know of the historical traditions that once existed in the country. The tavern has been in existence since the 1700s and many prominent personalities like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, etc. visited it. The tavern also includes a museum and candlelight meal for visitors.
Old Stone House
The Old Stone House is one of the oldest buildings in the state. Located in Georgetown, this home was built in 1765 and it remains the only pre-revolutionary colonial home in the city. Visiting the Old Stone House during Washington tours is indeed an excellent way to experience the life during the 18th century.
Heurich House Museum
The Heurich House Museum is another key attraction in Washington. Built at the last phases of the 19th century, the Heurich House bores a gothic architecture and is a distinctive building in the whole state. The home offers special tours for visitors and is one place to enjoy a good selection of beers.