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The Peacock Room.
Washington, D.C.

Peacock Room

This stunning blue and gold room changed cities twice before becoming part of the Smithsonian.
38.8880, -77.0264
Closeup of wagon tracks and hoofprints.
Orleans, Massachusetts

Nauset Beach

Centuries-old hoofprints and wagon tracks reveal themselves in the peat after a good winter storm.
41.7889, -69.9369
Barboursville
Barboursville, Virginia

Barboursville Ruins

The ruins of this Thomas-Jefferson-designed mansion have been left to crumble since the Christmas Day they burnt down.
38.1625, -78.2807
'The Queen' replica on display.
Windsor, England

'The Queen' Locomotive

A replica of the steam engine that hauled Queen Victoria's Royal Train is on display at Windsor.
51.4847, -0.6073
The paintings are stored on tightly packed vertical wire partitions to save space.
Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Army Museum Support Center

The U.S. Army's giant warehouse of war art includes Hitler’s watercolors and Norman Rockwell oil paintings.
38.6958, -77.1411
Nike Missile Site W-92.
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Nike Missile Site W-92

Three abandoned missile silos are hiding in plain sight behind a suburban development in Maryland.
39.1169, -77.2196
Some of the more than 50,000 beloved pets buried at Aspin Hill.
Silver Spring, Maryland

Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery

Dogs, cats, horses, monkeys, frogs, and fish are laid to rest at the second-oldest pet cemetery in the U.S.
39.0774, -77.0709
Super PACyderm.
Silver Spring, Maryland

Super PACyderm

An allegorical sculpture in Maryland wears the artist’s politics on its trunk.
39.0646, -76.9993
Cherry blossoms in bloom
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Into the Woods

The wooded estate of the Forest Service employee responsible for D.C.’s cherry blossom trees.
39.0040, -77.0806
Contemporary appearance of the Rammed Earth Pilot House.
Cabin John, Maryland

USDA Rammed Earth House

This suburban house is made of dirt, and almost sparked a revolution in home construction.
38.9763, -77.1527
Exterior of the tavern.
Alexandria, Virginia

Gadsby's Tavern

This colonial tavern played host to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other famous early Americans.
38.8055, -77.0435
Richmond, Virginia

Chimborazo Medical Museum

A former Confederate hospital serves as a remembrance of wounded and dead Southern soldiers.
37.5268, -77.4122
Connecticut as seen from nearby Libbie Hill Park.
Richmond, Virginia

Connecticut the Indian

The iconic statue was moved to a new spot overlooking the James river after several years as a mascot for the local baseball team.
37.5270, -77.4200
Edgar Allan Poe Museum
Richmond, Virginia

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

This museum devoted to the gothic author holds such interesting ephemera as his socks and walking stick.
37.5323, -77.4260
Richmond, Virginia

Church Hill Tunnel

Under a playground is a little-known sealed train tunnel that likely contains the bodies of workers trapped by cave-ins.
37.5363, -77.4237
Shockoe Hill Cemetery
Richmond, Virginia

Shockoe Hill Cemetery

Within this lovely Richmond cemetery lie the remains of some of Edgar Allan Poe's most beloved family and friends.
37.5514, -77.4279
The Horse You Came In On Saloon.
Baltimore, Maryland

The Horse You Came In On Saloon

A 200-year-old bar with a cheeky name claims to have served Edgar Allan Poe his final drink.
39.2815, -76.5941
Faded sign.
Baltimore, Maryland

Vote Against Prohibition Sign

A faded sign from the 1920s remembers Baltimore's resistance toward banning alcohol.
39.2821, -76.5935
Mr. Trash Wheel trash interceptor at the mouth of the Jones Falls River in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Baltimore, Maryland

Mr. Trash Wheel

This bug-eyed water wheel uses the power of the Sun to clean up Baltimore Harbor.
39.2833, -76.6036
The Emerson-Bromo Tower at night, lit from within.
Baltimore, Maryland

Bromo-Seltzer Arts Tower

Baltimore's classic clocktower was once topped by a rotating, blue, 20-ton medicine bottle.
39.2877, -76.6207
Baltimore, Maryland

Elijah Bond's Ouija Board Grave

The man who first patented the Ouija Board rests in peace beneath a headstone that playfully reflects that achievement.
39.3088, -76.6093
People place pennies on the blank headstone.
Baltimore, Maryland

Grave of John Wilkes Booth

A blank headstone topped with a pile of pennies marks the final resting place of the infamous assassin.
39.3070, -76.6085
The front of the memorial.
Washington, D.C.

Benjamin Grenup Monument

This grisly headstone doesn’t seem to be resting in peace.
38.9220, -77.0062
Graffiti from 1861.
Alexandria, Virginia

Civil War Graffiti at Washington's Tomb

The tomb was guarded by soldiers from both sides of the war, and some left their initials carved in the brick.
38.7080, -77.0862