Capitol Hill & Shakespeare Folger Library

September 9th. After our tour of Ford's Theatre and a quick stop for coffee, Lea and I called for an Uber to drive us to the neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Our plans for this day included exploring the neighborhood, visiting Capitol Hill Books, touring the Reading Room in the Folger Shakespeare Library, and touring the Capitol Building. We managed to do everything except for the tour of the Reading Room because we were late. My friend Lea would tell you it was my fault that we were late, and I'd have to agree. Capitol Hill Books had so many books to choose from, I wrote more about the bookshop on a separate post here. Not only that, but even after we left the bookshop I kept wanting to explore every alley and read every sign about history. There was so much to take in and not enough time. When we arrived at the Folger Shakespeare Library late for the tour, we weren't allowed to join the group in the Reading Room. We were, however, able to go into the Great Hall. We still had plenty of time to walk around the neighborhood and get lunch before our tour of the Capitol Building at 3 o'clock. We decided to eat at Boxcar Tavern, the food was pretty good and I chose a vegetarian burger. After lunch, we browsed the street markets for a bit before heading off to the Capitol Building.

Yes, we were late to a second tour, the first being Tudor Place in Georgetown the day before. And yes, it was my fault again. I'm the worst at time management when traveling. I always think I have more or less time than I do in reality. In my defense, I'm just too curious. I wanted to do and see everything. Even though we weren't able to tour the Reading Room and it still remains on my list of things to do when I return to Washington, D.C., we did enter the Great Hall to see Shakespearean art, the Folger Theatre, and a First Folio of Shakespeare.

The First Folio is the very first collection of William Shakespeare's plays, put together after his death in 1616 by actors Henry Condell and John Heminge. It was later published in 1623. The First Folio is the lone source of eighteen plays, some of which include Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest. Had Condell and Heminge never compiled the First Folio, these plays may have been lost to history. While there is currently one First Folio on display, Folger Shakespeare Library actually owns eighty-two copies.



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