The Smithsonian Castle and The Seneca Quarry (Landmarks)

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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 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.

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Garrett Peck is a literary journalist, local historian and author of four books, including The Potomac River: A History and Guide" and "Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: How Dry We Weren't". He leads the Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in Washington. Peck is a VMI graduate. Richard Stamm is the Smithsonian Castle Collection Curator. He is the author of "The Castle, An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building" (Smithsonian Books, 1993)."

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"Peck gracefully links the story of the quarry to the Smithsonian Institution, the C&O Canal, the Civil War, a political scandal, slavery, and a building boom....His research has paid off in an engaging illustrated tale of the quarry's past that also makes a strong case for its future." - The Hill Rag, February 2013  

"Peck's book goes beyond the buildings to delve into the fascinating stories of the people behind the stones....Peck fills in all the details of these episodes and paints a vivid picture of quarry life, including the role of African-Americans who did much of the stone-cutting." - Streets of Washington, February 25, 2013

"Even if you're just a regular history buff, and not some stone fetishist, the book covers broad swaths of our local history with consummate research." - The Hill is Home, February 25, 2013 

"The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry is a well-written, quick read on a 19th century quarry that used the C&O Canal to ferry its red rocks to the city and its boon and bust history." - Monumental Thoughts, March 8, 2013  

"Interwoven with the history of the C&O Canal and the Civil War skirmishes raging around the fringes of the city, Peck's compact book is an immensely readable account....His affection for his subject shines through the book, prompting you to hop on your bike and pedal out to the ruins of the old quarry." - Washington Independent Review of Books, July 11, 2013 

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