A reporter for the capitol's Washington Star newspaper wrote in 1891, "Washington is the greatest town for ghosts in this country." John Alexander has collected and preserved tales about the famous and infamous of the nation's capitol who still revisit the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and many other buildings and homes said to be haunted. Ghosts! Washington Revisited is a revised and updated edition of Ghosts! Washington's Most Famous Ghost Stories. Among these tales are ghost stories from neighboring Virginia and Maryland communities including Mount Vernon, Arlington, Alexandria, Manassas, and the Blandensburg dueling grounds. These spectral tales are accompanied by over 180 images of haunted sites and famous individuals said to return to Washington long after departing this life.
John Alexander is a journalist with a deep love of folklore. Alexander attributes his passion for folklore to the influence of his maternal great-grandmother, a Cherokee, "who imbued her story telling abilities in her grand- daughter, and she in her son."

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