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The Capitol Building

Haunted Dwelling — The Capitol Building


Washington, D.C.


The main building is really a beautiful structure, being built with Virginia sandstone, which is painted white. The wings of the Capitol Building are made of Mass. marble. Corinthian Columns support the front and side Porticoes. Inside, one can see tile and mosaic floors, sweeping staircases, several hundred pieces of sculpture and paintings of historic events and the people who were involved in America's history. One can get a tour by contacting their U.S. representative in the Congress or Senate, and get a pass for the desired day.


At least 15 ghosts haunt the Capitol Building. Ten of these restless entities are listed below.

1) The French engineer, Pierre Charles L'Enfant, was commissioned by President Washington to design the new capitol city, which included streets that were 100 feet wide, and an avenue which was 400 feet wide and a mile long, but unfortunately went a bit too far and demolished a new manor house because it blocked the view. Washington fired L'Enfant, and Congress refused to pay him for the work that was already done. Consequently, the apparition of Monsieur Pierre Charles L'Enfant has been seen pacing the cavernous Capitol basement, still awaiting payment for his bill, now over 200 years delinquent

This ghost is described as a "sad little man", dressed in 18th century attire, who scurries along the corridors of the Capitol Building with many papers stuffed under his arm, which were probably his city plans. It has been reported that whenever a street change is proposed, his ghost moans and cries as he hurries along the corridors.

2) The glowing ghost of John Quincy Adams has been seen in the grand hall that was formerly the House of Representatives Chamber, at the exact spot where his desk used to be located. He collapsed at his desk and died in a room off this grand hall, before he could give a speech honoring the military leaders responsible for the victory in the Mexican-American War, a conflict that Adams had been against from the beginning.

3) Abram Garfield, who was killed after being in Office for only 4 months, has been seen in the halls of the Capitol Building.

4) His Assassin was seen on a stairway in the Capitol Building.

5) Henry Wilson's Vice-presidential term was cut short when he died of pneumonia, which he caught while taking a bath in facilities that were formerly in the basement. His apparition has been seen in the Senate Wing, and has been heard sneezing and coughing by guards outside the Vice-president's office, when no one seen was there.

Also, in the doorway of the V.P.'s office, it has been reported that the smell of old-fashioned bath soap was noticed, and a deep chill could be felt.

6) The easily recognized ghostly apparition of General John Alexander has been known to appear at 12:30 AM, looking displeased, while listening at the door of the room once used by the Senate Committee on Military and Militia, a committee that he once chaired in the 1890s. He is described as having a long mustache, with dark, piercing eyes, and long black hair.

General John Alexander's apparition also likes to poke around a basement storage room, perhaps looking for his stuffed horse that by mistake was put into storage.

7) A ghost of a custodian, who died at work, has been known to help the living employees do their job. A mop was seen swishing back and forth over the marble floors, being pushed by this unseen entity.

8) During the middle to late 1800s, the Library of Congress was located in the Capitol Building. A Mr. Twine was a truly dedicated worker and can still be heard by the guards, stamping away in his office.

9) A coworker of Twine's died of a stroke after putting $6,000 dollars of government bonds in a rarely used library book, because he didn't trust the banks. He can be heard opening up books, and flipping through their pages, looking for his retirement money. No such bonds were ever found by the living.

10) A demon cat appears and scares late night workers who have to go to the deep, dark parts of the basement of the Capitol Building. These frightening appearances usually take place before a national tragedy happens and when administrations change. This account was reported by a guard and others. It is first seen as a normal, black cat, which purrs happily as it approaches the unsuspecting human victim in the dimly lit hallway. As this cat apparition comes closer, though, its body swells to the size of a tiger, and the sweet purring turns into a vicious snarl. With its claws extended, this huge cat leaps at the human contact, and then vanishes into thin air, leaving the human being terrified, but unhurt.

Why is there an angry cat apparition haunting the basement?

Many years ago, when the Capitol Building was infested with mice, cats were let go in the basement to take care of the problem. All the cats were then caught and given to good homes. However, maybe one cat was left behind. Oops! Sorry kitty.

Still Haunted?

Definitely yes.

Many witnesses interviewed for various ghost specials seen on cable stations have experienced the above manifestations.

Photo from aoc.gov