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Prince - The White English Terrier That Lived at the Octagon House

Towards the latter half of the 19th century, the popularity of purebred dog paintings was at an all time high. Newly acquired pets by society were all the rage and many artists were commissioned to capture their likeness in oil on canvas. 860 more words


The Demon and the Teddy Bear

My mother, after moving to D.C. from Guatemala back in 1953, eventually moved with her family into an apartment near the Octagon house (I can’t remember exactly where). 367 more words

Ghost Stories


After all of that madness the day before, I don’t think I can be blamed for sleeping in a bit later. I regretted it somewhat, as I was hurried throughout the day making sure I saw everything I wanted to see, but there were no troubles at all; in fact it was another good day. 2,186 more words


After the Burn

When last we saw President James Madison, it was August 26, 1814 and he was in Brookeville, Maryland. The British had set the White House ablaze and the President, after fleeing the Battle of Bladensburg with the defeated American troops and wandering for two days through Virginia and Maryland, had ended up in Brookeville and spent the night. 698 more words

Washington DC

The Octagon House

In 1860, Macomb County farmer, engineer, Loren Andrus completed construction on his cupola-topped, Corinthian-columned, eight-sided home on Van Dyke just north of 26 mile Rd in Washington Michigan; 155 years later it’s still looks beautiful. 999 more words


A Party at the Madison's

It was February 16, 1815 in Washington, D.C. when the treaty from Europe arrived. Acting Secretary of State James Monroe pulled up in a carriage at the Octagon House at 18th and New York Avenue to present the official documents along with the American secretary who had traveled with them across the ocean for nearly two months. 237 more words

Sam Smith