Gnome-man’s Land

Posted July 8, 2005 at 5:22pm

This purple-capped gnome is hiding in the greenery of the Capitol Hill area. Do you know where? We’ll let you know next week.

On June 27, we showed a photo of a scarred column. Capitol Hill history buffs can probably identify it as being one of the columns outside the Old Supreme Court Chamber. According to Congressional mythology, the pock marks are bullet holes from the War of 1812. The more accepted theory, however, is that the marks are really iron deposits in the sandstone that oxidized when the British tried to burn down the Capitol.