|The Rotunda, where state funerals have been held since time of Abraham Lincoln|
Many other historic events have been celebrated here as well
|The Old Hall of the House now servers as National Statuary Hall|
|The Old Supreme Court Chamber 1810-1860|
|Plaster Model for the Statue of Freedom that tops the Capital building|
We also took a tour of the Capitol Grounds. The Capitol is set within over 58 acres of winding paths, memorial trees and beautiful plantings that changed seasonally. The tour guide not only gave some of the history of the landscaping but told us about the changes/additions to the Capitol building and how they adhered to the original architectural plans. The Capitol Visitor Center is the newest addition to the Capitol and was constructed beneath the East Plaza and completed in 2008. The guide, Tom Fontana, who is actually the communications and marketing director and just does the tours once a week was very knowledgeable and very interesting. He had worked at the Pentagon and his last day before he came to DC was 911. He carry's a piece of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon to remind him to keep things in perspective when times seem a little tough going.
Another interesting day of learning more about our country and its history.