Thursday, September 15, 2016

Smithsonian Castle

The Smithsonian Castle is another of DC's beautiful buildings.

"This armchair originally belonged to Edwin M. Stanton, who served as Abraham Lincoln's second Secretary of War from 1862-1865 and as President Andrew Johnson's Secretary of War from 1865-1867."

Rush porcelain

Washington DC in 1863 and 2012

The castle has displays from all of the other Smithsonian museums

"James Smithsonian, the Smithsonian's benefactor, is something of a mystery. He was born sometime around 1765, in Paris, where his mother had gone to have the child in secret. She was a wealthy widow. Smithsonian's father was married to her cousin and one of the most fashionable men in England; he became the Duke of Northumberland and a great patron of the arts and sciences. James Smithsonian studied at Pembroke College, Oxford University, receiving a Masters of Arts degree in 1786. He loved science and surrounded himself with some of the best scientists of his day."

Smithsonian is buried in the castle.

Daddy and me

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