Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Day 165, July 10

I was interested to find that many believe that ghosts walk the nights in The White House ... and sometimes in the afternoon as well.

Some said they had seen the ghost of Abigail Adams, wife of the second president, John Adams, doing her washing in the East Room of the White House.  The Adams were the first First Couple to live in the White House, having moved in while it was still under construction.

Others reported having seen Dolley Madison visiting her home, at least one time in the rose garden.  When Dolley was First Lady, she created the famed White House rose garden. 

More than a hundred years later, when Woodrow Wilson was President, it was decided to relocate the rose garden.  When workers started to remove the rose bushes, the angry ghost of Dolley Madison appeared.  The legend tells that Dolley's ghost, dressed in the syle of the early 19th century, ran up to the gardeners and gave them a tongue lashing.   Plans to remove the rose garden came to an abrupt halt.

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