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Apparently a Sexist Ghost Haunts DC’s Oldest Home

Misogyny doesn’t die easily, evidently

The oldest unchanged building in the District of Columbia is a stone house built in 1965 from local stone and old wood from the hulls of English ships. It is currently under the control of the National Park Service, who have it set up as a historic landmark and decorated to look much as it might have in the eighteenth century. It’s also home to a ghost who apparently thinks it’s still the the olden times as well. 


There are several spirits who supposedly reside in this historic structure, according to local lore. The entities include a woman in a rocking chair on the third floor, a woman in a brown dress, several men in Colonial-era clothing, a carpenter who may be the spirit of the house’s original owner, Christopher Layman, and a whole host of ghost children who run up and down the stairs and laugh in empty hallways. There have been reports of ghostly women carrying lanterns through the halls and faces appearing at windows when no one is inside. In other words, the house is packed with ghosts, which is not unlike your average Georgetown domicile.

But by far the scariest apparition is the one the workers at the old stone house call “George” (presumably not Washington, though he is said to have visited the home while still alive). This ghost George is a real terror, who likes to make his presence known by biting, scratching and choking visitors to his third floor bedroom. He especially loves to attack women, which makes me wonder what all those female spirits are doing hanging around. Perhaps it’s time for an afterlife #MeToo.

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