An historic gem in the middle of the nation’s capital, St Elizabeths East is located at the site of a formerly self-contained mental health community – St Elizabeths Hospital.  Once a source of economic stability for neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River, this campus is surrounded by the rich and complex history of communities that are an essential part of the story of the District of Columbia.  Its associations with some of America’s most famous people and events, coupled with a once-celebrated past of architectural innovation and landscape design, make it a largely unexplored historic treasure.