Lafayette Square - Presidents Park

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President’s Park, a.k.a. Lafayette Square, is said to be haunted by Philip Barton Key II, son of Francis Scott Key. As legend has it, in 1958 Philip Key had an affair with the wife of one of his friends, Daniel Sickles. In his rage, Sickles shot Key, who was unarmed, three times. Key died in the nearby Benjamin Ogle Tayloe House; his ghost is said to walk in the square near where he was shot on dark nights.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Lafayette Square
Washington, DC
United States

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GPS:
38.8955187, -77.03653529999997
Nearest Towns:
Washington, D. C., DC (0.0 mi.)
Arlington, VA (3.8 mi.)
Mount Rainier, MD (5.0 mi.)
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Chillum, MD (5.3 mi.)
Brentwood, MD (5.4 mi.)
Queenstown, MD (5.4 mi.)
Friendship Village, MD (5.4 mi.)
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