Points Of Interest

Point #1

37th St NW & O St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  • Distance : 0.00
  • Attraction : Georgetown University building
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healy_Hall

Take a good, long look at this beautiful stone building in front of you. This is Healy Hall. It’s a historical landmark, and the crown jewel of Georgetown University. It was built between 1887 and 1889 and was actually designed by the same guys who designed the Library of Congress. That’s all interesting or whatever, but what I think is really cool about this place is that Healy Hall was the backdrop for a lot of scenes in “The Exorcist”. If you haven’t seen this movie from 1973, you really need to. In this American classic, Ellen Burstyn plays an actress taking part in a student-protest film shoot on campus, right in front of that building. Some actual Georgetown students and locals were featured as extras in this scene. Burstyn's character, Chris MacNeil is allegedly based on actress turned spiritualist, Shirley MacLaine. Huh. I did not know that. A fun fact: the movie is still screened every year on campus at Halloween time. Spoooooooky. When you are done checking out Healy Hall, head south on 37th St and I’ll tell you some more fun facts about the “Exorcist” movie film sites here on Georgetown campus.

Point #2

3616 N St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  • Distance : 0.00
  • Attraction : Church and movie sight
https://campusministry.georgetown.edu/about/sacredspaces/dahlgren

Ok, you can’t see it from here, but directly behind Healy Hall from where we are standing now is Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart. In “The Exorcist”, It’s the church where Chris MacNeil enlists the help of Father Damian Karras to perform an exorcism on her 12-year old daughter, Regan. What's interesting about this particular exorcism is that it was allegedly based on one performed by actual Catholic Priests at Georgetown University Hospital back in 1949. It’s reported that the real-life possessed boy, known as Roland Doe to protect his identity, managed to free one of his arms from its restraint and yank a spring out of the hospital bed’s mattress, which he then used to slash one of the priest’s arms. Ouch! Before learning to fashion bedsprings into weapons, this same kid reportedly played around with a Ouija Board, which Regan also does in the movie. Let it be a lesson or something. We need to head toward a few more Exorcist film sites. Join me by continuing down 37th St and then turning left on N St NW.

Point #3

3535 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

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  • Attraction : Townhomes
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So there’s not much to look at here on this stretch of the tour… wait, who am I kidding? Check out these cute, colorful townhomes! I love the neighborhoods around here. There’s also a neat little park to your right. I don’t know if it is private or public though. Maybe you can meander over there and see if anyone yells at you for trespassing. Let me know. Or, just continue walking and enjoying this quaint little neighborhood. Turn right on 36th St at the next intersection. I’m taking you to a restaurant.

Point #4

3508 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

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  • Attraction : Restaurant
https://http://tombs.com/

Coming up on your right is The Tombs Restaurant. It’s that yellow brick building at the corner. You enter the restaurant by going down those stairs just past the green brick building. This university watering hole is not only a great place to find spirits (see what I did there?), but it also happens to be the bar featured in the original Exorcist movie, and again in The Exorcist III. It was also the inspiration for the tavern in the movie, St. Elmo’s Fire…but that’s a subject for another tour on another day. Our next destination is another famous film location for The Exorcist. Keep heading south and then turn right on Prospect St.

Point #5

3508 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  • Distance : 0.00
  • Attraction : Famous Exorcist film site
https://exorcist.fandom.com/wiki/MacNeil_Residence

This next stop may make your head spin. All the way around. See that red brick building at 3600 Prospect St NW. This is the Mac Neil residence where possessed child Regan wreaked havoc in The Exorcist. It isn’t necessarily haunted, but if you look close enough and squint, you can almost see Regan’s face peering down at you from an upstairs window. Almost. \r\rAlthough serving as merely the façade of the house, it’s a painful reminder of the permanent injury actress Ellen Burstyn received as a result of filming a scene in Regan’s bedroom, in which her character is supernaturally flung across the room by Pazuzu, the demon that inhabits her daughter’s body. Evidently, the stuntman yanked on the wire tied around her midriff a little too hard, according to Burstyn, causing her to fly backwards and land squarely on her tailbone. The scream she lets out in the movie is real, and that take was the one that made it into the final edit. \r\rTurn around and walk to the lamp post at 36th St and Prospect. That’s the location of perhaps the MOST famous Exorcist film location.\r

Point #6

3508 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

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  • Attraction : Ghost Story
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As we’re making our way to the next stop, let me tell you a story about the first bridge built, in what is now the current District of Columbia. Imagine it’s 1788, you and your friends are in a stagecoach when a terrible storm comes out of nowhere. The sky darkens as the wind is howling around you. You debate turning around and waiting until the storm passes, but home is just on the other side of the bridge. Before you have time to decide the heavens open in such a downpour of rain it’s hard for the coachman to see through it. The rain hitting the top of the stagecoach sounds like thousands of hammers falling from the skies. You lean your head out the window, the wind blowing so strong the raindrops feel like needles piercing your exposed face as you yell for the coachman to turnaround. But your voice is swallowed by the storm as he continues to drive the horses forward. Suddenly, the stagecoach feels different, and you realize you’ve made it to the bridge! You’re almost to the safety of home. As you and the other passengers begin a collective sigh of relief, the unthinkable happens. The bridge collapses, the ground falling from beneath, and your screams become lost in the howling wind and falling rain. According to local lore, some nights a silent, passenger filled stagecoach, complete with ghostly driver and a team of horses, can sometimes be seen racing across the bridge. I imagine they are heading to the Starbucks just up the street, it makes sense, they’re probably exhausted having to stay up every night for the tourists to see. Keep heading east. We are almost to our next destination.

Point #7

1213 34th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  • Distance : 0.00
  • Attraction : Haunted Halcyon House
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halcyon_House

To your right, on the corner of Prospect St and 34th St, you will see a large, multi story grey stone and red brick building with cool Federal style pillars. That’s Halcyon House. It was built in 1787 and is said to be haunted by its original owner, first Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert, who is frequently seen on the property. And perhaps for good reason. For years the home was the center of social activity here in Georgetown, and when a party is hopping, why leave? Eventually however, financial decline and his wife’s death compelled Stoddert to transfer ownership of the home to his daughter Elizabeth. Those who have witnessed the ghost of Stoddard allege that he can be seen or heard in various locations around the house…often sitting in a chair and sometimes whispering unintelligibly. Over the years, a number of owners took possession of the home. In the 19th century it was alleged to have served as part of the Underground Railroad, and the house is reportedly haunted by the spirits of numerous runaway slaves who somehow perished in the basement during their attempted escape to freedom. Some advice to listen closely as their moans and cries can be occasionally heard emanating from the lowest level of the house. Spooky. Yet possibly the most bizarre tale of ownership is due to its later resident, Albert Clemens (Mark Twain’s nephew), who purchased the place in the year 1900. Albert couldn’t stop building on the property. For some reason he believed continually expanding the residence and grounds would help him to escape death. It didn’t. Although stairways that lead to nowhere, secret trap doors, and pointless, tiny rooms would suggest that he was just plain crazy. Clemens’ ghost has been reported at Halcyon House in addition to the others, as well as a mysterious lady who can sometimes be seen through an upstairs window. This unknown woman has been known to rearrange the covers of overnight guests. Could this be the widow of Benjamin Stoddert? Other residents have told about mysterious lights and sounds…and still others have claimed that their bodies levitated and rearranged themselves on their beds while they slept, so that their feet lay on their pillows. Either the party is still hopping as it was in Benjamin Stoddert’s time or Halcyon House is a hotbed of paranormal activity. Either way it makes for a good story in the morning. After you are done checking out Halcyon House, go ahead and walk across 34th St to the east, toward that red brick building. Turn right after you cross and start heading down 34th St NW. When you get to M St, turn left. Your next destination will be at the left hand corner of M St and 33rd.

Point #8

3350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  • Distance : 0.00
  • Attraction : Pizza restaurant
https://www.curryandpie.com/

Keep heading straight and you’ll take your next left, onto M Street. Now I know coming up on your right is the cutest, white brick townhome, that’s actually a restaurant, Curry & Pie, and I know you’re going to REALLY REALLY want to stop there and eat, which if you’re not in a rush, you totally should. They have this amazing asian fusion specialty pizza that is life changing. If you don’t live here already, I’m warning you now, one meal there and you’ll want to move and live here forever. If you can’t stop now, put it on your bucket list and make sure you come back. And if you’re planning on crossing any bridges during a bad storm, definitely come back before you do something that crazy. Speaking of which, did I tell you I have ANOTHER creepy story about a bridge and a bad storm?? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you about it before this tour is over.

Point #9

3350 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  • Distance : 0.00
  • Attraction : Escape Room
https://www.escaperoomlive.com/?_vsrefdom=googleads&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0Peb4I_q5AIVaYVaBR11pwjUEAAYASAAEgJ1N_D_BwE

Oh hey, wouldn’t ya know it! On your left is the Georgetown Escape Room Live! It is the #1 escape room in all of Washington DC and Alexandria, Virginia. What’s an escape room? Well it’s sort of like a live action version of the board game Clue. This one features Hollywood-style escape rooms and award winning puzzle designs. You have to come back with some friends and check it out sometime! You won’t be disappointed.\r

Point #10

M St NW + Potomac St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

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  • Attraction : Georgetown Cupcake
https://www.georgetowncupcake.com/

So this isn’t really a haunted stop, but for the sweet tooth out there, you can’t pass up the opportunity to indulge in a Georgetown Cupcake! Now get in there and treat yourself, and when you are done, Peete’s Coffee is right across the street! Grab yourself a latte and let’s keep heading east toward the next stop.

Point #11

M St NW + Potomac St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

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  • Attraction : Ghost Story
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Hopefully Georgetown Cupcakes was enough comfort food to prepare you for the ghost story I promised you. This one takes place in the year 1800, a heavy, wooden drawbridge was built to replace the original structure, a drawbridge that was used by tall ships needing to sail up and down Rock Creek, which evidently was wide and deep enough at that time. During the war of 1812, a drummer boy was leading American troops across the Rock Creek bridge during...yep you guessed it...a violent storm. Clearly, bridges and violent storms are a bad combo! But being the drummer boy, it’s your duty to lead the troops so they can march in step. Storm or no storm, this drummer boy was committed to his “roll” in the war. Get it? His ROLL...drum roll? Even ghost stories can have puns, even if they are slightly disrespectful as we are talking about someone’s untimely demise. Let me “bridge” the gap from pun back to our ghost story. It’s like I can’t help it! Ok, really, back to the story, so we have this drummer boy leading the American troops and as they’re marching across the bridge, he gets knocked over the side! Some blame it on the violent storm, others say the violent storm was blamed to cover the murder of the drummer. I’m going with the latter, seeing as witnesses have claimed to hear faint drumming that grows louder and louder, then stops suddenly at the point where the boy allegedly fell to his death. Sounds to me like this ghost is trying to tell us something. What do you think?

Point #12

3202 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

  • Distance : 0.00
  • Attraction : Ghost Story
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Hello! Just checking in and making sure you are continuing along M St. Just keep on walking while I tell you another ghost story as we make our way to the final destination. This ghost story isn’t as scary, as it is romantic. What? Ghost feel love too! Not too far from here is Dumbarton Oaks. It was built in 1702 and over the years the property changed hands a bunch of times. The best-known residents, the ones who are said to have never left, oooooohhhh, are American diplomat, art collector, and philanthropist (in short, filthy rich and essentially unemployed), Robert Woods Bliss, and his lovely wife Mildred. The couple was so romantic that when they designed the garden, they used greek statues, romantic benches surrounded by carefully planted trees and flowers that create the mood for looooove. I mean, they built a section in the garden called, ‘lover’s lane pool’, for lovers sake. So does it surprise you that Robert and Mildred’s spirits would never want to leave, even in death?? They’ve been seen together in the main house, holding hands. Their ashes lie in a crypt in the rose garden, which could explain why they’re often spotted nearby as this was Mildred’s favorite spot in the entire garden. Mildred’s ghost has been seen wearing a hat or carrying a parasol – ya know, that goofy thing ladies carried around before sunscreen was invented. Can ghosts get sunburn? I’ve never really thought about it. And one surprised staff member is reported to have once opened a closet door only to come face to face with… Mildred Bliss herself! Visitors and staff have described Robert as a distinguished looking guy in a white pinstripe suit. Maybe Robert is more on the shy side, as there aren’t a lot of visitors who have seen him. But sometimes no one sees either of them, but they see evidence that they are there - like motion-activated lights turning on for no apparent reason and books discovered, left open, on tables where there hadn’t been any books there earlier. You definitely should check this place out, It’s only about a mile North of here, on R st. Go and see for yourself why a couple who lived there, would never want to leave. Our last destination is up ahead on your left. Stay with me!

Point #13

M St NW & Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA

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  • Attraction : Old Stone House
https://www.nps.gov/places/old-stone-house.htm

When you get to the Miss Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant, you are one driveway away from our final destination - Old Stone House at 3051 M St NW. It will be on your left and it looks just like it sounds - old and stone. This final stop, built in 1765 by a couple named Christopher and Rachel Layman, remains mostly unchanged despite a number of different owners…and today, possibly as many spirits still inhabit the place. Interesting to note about this location…it’s the oldest unchanged building and the last Pre-Revolutionary Colonial building on its original foundation in the District of Columbia, remaining 85% original to its 18th century construction. In 1973 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and since 1960 has been open to the public as a museum that is definitely worth touring…well, after finishing up this one, naturally. But onto the ghostly stuff. Over the years visitors and staff have reported a great many sightings and paranormal activity here. On the first floor, a woman in a brown dress has been seen standing near the fireplace. Could this be the spirit of Rachel Layman, one of the home’s original owners? Hmm… Other ghostly occupants include a heavy-set woman who has been witnessed standing on the staircase as well as in the kitchen… Two different men have been sighted – one with long blond hair wearing a blue jacket, the other wearing short pants and stockings. On the third floor, a woman allegedly sits in a rocking chair, perhaps perpetually keeping watch over an infant. Which would make sense since the third floor is believed to primarily consist of children’s bedrooms. But wait – there’s more. Other spectral sightings include two different men in Colonial-era clothing, a young curly headed girl running up and down the staircase, an African American boy, and a European-looking craftsman, who was perhaps either the tailor or clockmaker who once ran businesses here. The laughter of invisible children and the vague images of women cooking over the hearth have also been observed… But perhaps the most intriguing is the allegedly malevolent ghost named “George” who has been known to choke and push visitors. His presence is often indicated by extreme drops in temperature, and he has left witnesses with an intense feeling of dread. Not nice, George! Bad ghost. So now you’ve heard the stories about one of our nation’s most haunted cities. Could Georgetown’s diverse and colorful history turn you into a believer? Thanks so much for spending your time with us, and be sure and check out some of our other UCPlaces tours when you get a chance. We have a tour of the National Mall, a tour of bridges, horse statues, murals and so much more right here in DC. Hope to see you soon! Until then, so long and happy touring!