The Ghost of Lafayette Square

What a dreary, grey and gloomy day…

The perfect day to get spooked up proper for Halloween!

Yes, I continue to seek out scary goings-on in the days leading up to October 31st. Washington is supposedly a very haunted city, and Decatur House has the reputation for being one of the most haunted houses around. (Well, certainly one of the more famous – I intend to seek out some of the lesser known stories in the week ahead!).

Commodore Stephen Decatur was killed in a duel in 1820 and is reputed to haunt his former house ever since. His ghost was seen so many times from outside a window that it had to be bricked up to stave off hysteria.

On Thursday, October 27th, Decatur House will host the DC Metro Area Ghost Watchers, presenting the results of their recent paranormal investigation of this historic home. Should be a fun way to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, and get in a little Washington history too.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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