WASHINGTON – There is something haunting Capitol Hill, and it’s not just a partisan Congress with a terrible reputation. Ghosts are said to linger in the historic neighborhood, spooking residents and giving locals a glimpse of what life was like hundreds of years ago.
Tim Krepp, author of “Capitol Hill Haunts,” specializes in paranormal tours throughout the region. Georgetown and Alexandria, Va. get most of the supernatural tourism, but Krepp says Southeast D.C. can be just as spooky.
“You move here and you live … among a wealth of historic buildings and structures,” he says. “Not just the Capitol and the Library of Congress, but the row houses, the townhouses.”
Krepp used his skills as a historian to dig deeper into the neighborhood, looking for clues about how the area developed.
“You know there’s stories here,” he says. “You know there must be something behind this that’s beyond what you see.”
What the New York native found was chilling – beds moving on their own, disembodied cackles and a single white pearl.
Krepp’s new book gives a detailed account of Capitol Hill’s ghastly history, but ghost chasers can also check out his haunted tour, which starts at Eastern Market Metro Station and winds through Barracks Row, District 1 police substation and the Maples, Capitol Hill’s oldest house.
For those brave enough to see what goes bump in the night, click through the image gallery.