Decatur House

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The ghost of war hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr., is said to peer out the second-story window of his 1819 house or walk out its back door. Decatur was killed just 14 months after moving here, in a duel between himself and former friend James Barron. Ghostly weeping also can be heard here, which many believe is the spirit of Decatur’s broken-hearted wife Susan.

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1610 H St NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

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38.9000514579529, -77.03817741468049
Nearest Towns:
Washington, D. C., DC (0.4 mi.)
Arlington, VA (3.8 mi.)
Mount Rainier, MD (4.9 mi.)
Chillum, MD (5.1 mi.)
Friendship Village, MD (5.1 mi.)
Friendship Village, MD (5.2 mi.)
Chevy Chase Village, MD (5.3 mi.)
Queenstown, MD (5.3 mi.)
Brookmont, MD (5.3 mi.)
Brentwood, MD (5.3 mi.)

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