July 17th, 2012

House on the Hill

On the precipice of a wooded hilltop an aged and forgotten hotel silently overlooks the Potomac river,
as it has done day in and out since it first opened in 1888. Years ago travelers would arrive from all over the country
to relax and experience the beautiful scenery for which this hotel had become famous for. Notable guests to this hilltop
resort included Mark Twain, Alexander Graham Bell, Pearl S. Buck, and former president Woodrow Wilson. Today, the
hallways of this once bustling travel destination have fallen silent. The last remaining patrons being the wild animals which
have come to nest in the walls, and the numerous stray cats who scurry away as soon as one lays eyes upon them.

Though considerably deteriorated, this place has only recently been vacated. Initially closed a few years back to undergo
renovations, the hotel has yet to reopen, nor has any real structural repair work been completed. The most notable effort put forth
comes in the form of a tattered plastic tarp, which is nailed over a ten foot square hole in the exterior of the second floor in some futile
attempt to keep the elements from eroding the hotel's old wooden framework. Most of the rooms here have been emptied out, likely in
preparation for the repair work that never came to pass, so little remains to hint at what past splendors the place may have offered.
That being said – knowing the long history which this place holds, and seeing the interiors so barren and devoid of life, stirs a strange
mixture of emotions - from pity to unease. Throughout the resorts many rooms, numerous leaks in the roof have led to decaying
ceilings, walls, and floors. Mold is of course prevalent, covering the moist wood and carpeting in a thin membrane of translucent slime.
The spores of which fill the air to an uncomfortable degree.

Though this hotel has endured many hardships in the 100+ years upon it's hilltop (including two massive fires),
if care is not taken to preserve what remains, there will soon be but a pile of decayed timbers where once a piece of history stood.

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