Haunted Houses of Washington

On Display in Washingtoniana

The Special Collections Department of the DC Public Library is delighted to unveil a new exhibit, "Haunted Houses of Washington." Selected images from the Washington Star and Washington Historic Image photograph collections, news articles from local papers, and ephemera from the vertical files will be on display in the Washingtoniana Room (307)  through February. Featured houses include the nearby Mary Surratt Boardinghouse, mansions of the infamous Lafayette Square, and other reportedly haunted homes throughout the District.

While you are here, why not research your own home's past? You can start by searching for your address in the library's convenient online newspaper databases.

Washingtoniana's House History resources can help you further investigate your home's past by researching former residents and architectural history.

Surratt House

























The ghost of alleged Lincoln assassination conspirator,
Mary Surratt, reportedly haunts her former boardinghouse
at 604 H St. NW. Photo by T.A. Mullett, n.d. Washington
Historic Image Collection, DC Public Library.