From the 1820's until 1959 these columns supported the United States Capitol and witnessed almost every president during that period inaugurated. Now, they stand in an open field in the heart of the National Arboretum for anyone who wishes to walk among and feel and touch history.
The top of one of the columns on display.
A flower and grasses from a meadow in the National Arboretum.
Inside the National Arboretum grounds is the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, probably my favorite place to visit at the arboretum. Most of the trees have been in training since the early 19th century; however.....
...this White Pine (below) has been in training since 1625. It is currently over 387 year old! To put that into perspective, it started training a mere 9 years after the death of William Shakespeare. Charles I, King of England, ascended to the thrown in 1625, and only 14 years after the first publication of the King James Bible. So yea, its been around awhile.