The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry

The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry British scientist James Smithson left a fortune to the country he so admired but had never visited His gift founded the Smithsonian Institution and built the Smithsonian Castle Today the castle s dis

  • Title: The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry
  • Author: Garrett Peck Richard Stamm
  • ISBN: 9781609499297
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • British scientist James Smithson left a fortune to the country he so admired but had never visited His gift founded the Smithsonian Institution and built the Smithsonian Castle Today, the castle s distinct Romanesque facade glows warmly against the cool marble that dominates the National Mall Yet the story of the stones is just as remarkable as that of the building thatBritish scientist James Smithson left a fortune to the country he so admired but had never visited His gift founded the Smithsonian Institution and built the Smithsonian Castle Today, the castle s distinct Romanesque facade glows warmly against the cool marble that dominates the National Mall Yet the story of the stones is just as remarkable as that of the building that they grace It was a boom bust ride for the Seneca Quarry the source of the red sandstone The quarry saw its first developer die, filed for bankruptcy twice, suffered through floods and contributed to a national scandal that embarrassed the Grant presidency and helped bring down the Freedman s Bank This is the untold history of the quarry owners and emancipated slaves who toiled there and the many people who work to this day to save Seneca Join author Garrett Peck as he traces the unlikely story of the Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry.

    One thought on “The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry”

    1. Read this book in preparation for a tour of Seneca Quarry led by the author. It's a quick read, very straightforward, good background with loads of great photos. Could have used a couple more maps -- one to pinpoint the communities he names, especially the post-Civil War African American settlements, and another to locate Seneca Quarry in relation to the Washington, DC, area. Very grateful for Peck's in-depth research: With no existing quarry records, he's managed to piece together a fascinating [...]

    2. I thought that it pretty interesting book about the history of the Seneca quarry and the Smithsonian Castle. Garrett Peck did a superb job.

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