JoAnn Hill, local author of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure recently released her second book, DC Scavenger, which goes beyond the typical guidebook; it’s an interactive treasure map spanning 17 distinct neighborhoods throughout our nation’s capital. If you think you know everything there is to know about DC — even the most weird, wonderful, and obscure parts of it — get ready to embark on an adventurous discovery of DC’s most cherished gems.
JoAnn’s second post of this DC Scavenger series takes us to the charming neighborhood of Capitol Hill. As DC’s largest historic residential neighborhood, Capitol Hill is a community-centered area often characterized by its 19th-century rowhomes, convivial public market and food hall, and powerful government. From the National Historic Landmark Congressional Cemetery to the US Supreme Court to Lincoln Park, many members of Congress, government workers, journalists, and their families call this quaint neighborhood home. Residents and tourists are drawn here by its large urban parks, historical sites, and iconic congressional buildings.
Below are four of 27 clues featured in the Capitol Hill chapter of DC Scavenger. Check out JoAnn’s book to solve and discover more clues and sites around the Capitol Hill neighborhood and throughout the entire city — it would make for a great holiday gift, too! Even more, you can see JoAnn at several upcoming book events around the city, including East City Bookshop on Saturday, December 3; Shop Made in DC at the Wharf on Sunday, December 4 and December 18; and Steadfast Supply in Navy Yard on Saturday, December 17.
Capitol Hill Clue #1
Vendor to vendor, stall to stall,
A neighborhood gem, here you’ll find it all.
Take time to smell and taste what’s here,
A lively space for food, drink, and cheer
Capitol Hill Clue #2
Sugar and spice and everything nice,
Julia Child fans, these wares will entice.
Crack, sizzle, bubble, stir, and pop.
Find the flame at this Nats-loving shop.
Capitol Hill Clue #3
Splish-splash, Roman God was taking a bath;
Choose to read and you’ll be spared his wrath.
Bronzed out and surrounded by his court,
Library’s water source never comes up short.
Capitol Hill Clue #4
She taught those important ABCs,
A teacher who gave opportunities.
This tribute to her, here at Lincoln Park,
We honor her for her long-lasting mark.
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JoAnn Hill, author of Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, has affectionately called Washington, DC, home for over 20 years. She has written extensively about DC living, its food, and her world travels on her blog dcglobejotters.org and other mediums and publications. Through her writing and research, she shares hidden histories, off-the-beaten-path locales, and lesser-known stories that inspire the insatiably curious explorer. Her next book, DC Scavenger, will be released later this year. She lives in DC with her husband Thalamus and dog Jackson and is the co-founder of Capitol Teachers, a tutoring company servicing the greater DC area.