|Took this with my phone--not bad, huh?|
|While I'm not a huge proponent of "selfies"|
I wanted to see if I could capture me and
the gorgeous domed ceiling in one picture.
Success, I'd say.
The National Statuary Hall, also known as the Whispering Hall, is a highlight for me. Statues tower along the walls of this room, honoring persons such as Rosa Parks, William Jennings Bryan, and Winston Churchill. It is in this hall that John Quincy Adams had his desk, and it was positioned at the perfect place so that, due to the shape and acoustics of the room, he could hear anything whispered the whole way across the room as if the words were being whispered right next to him. Our tour guide even demonstrated the acoustical phenomenon for us, and it was remarkable. Seems like the perfect location for a desk if you're a politician. (J.Q. knew what he was doing.)
|This plaque is where J.Q. Adams' desk sat.|
From the basement we climbed the stairs to the balcony where the State Box is located. Looking at the
|Still an active theatre, they were setting up the stage|
for a new performance....probably A Christmas Carol that
they produce each Christmas. I saw Dickens' play performed
here about 10 years ago and loved it--would love to see it again.
Unbelievably, Lincoln did not die immediately (though to look at the size of the bullet that went into his head, it's shocking he survived even for a short while). He was taken across the street to the Peterson House which is also open to the public. The house, like the theatre, is preserved to look as it did in Lincoln's day. They have also recently added a fascinating museum with interactive displays and a pillar
of books--books all written on the subject of Lincoln and his death. One of my favorite parts, that I nearly missed because I didn't look up, is a statement made by W.E.B. Dubois about Lincoln: