St. Elizabeths campus is the future home to the Department of Homeland Security—-and a former insane asylum, Civil War hospital, and shelter to “the man who tried to shoot President Andrew Jackson, the man who did shoot President Theodore Roosevelt and, of course, the man who grievously wounded President Ronald Reagan,” as the Washington Post wrote in June 2007.

To make way for DHS, bobcats will be soon combing through the campus, and visitors will “be limited to those working on the grounds,” says Maureen Jais-Mick, Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services for St. E’s.

But until the commotion arrives, it’s tour time! DC Preservation League will be leading a group on Sept. 19. Note that because of security concerns, walk-ons will not be allowed.

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