Clarke House Museum

Clarke House Museum The National Society opromotes appreciation for the people, places and events that led to the formation and development of our country he National Society of The Colonial Dames of America promotes appreciation for the people, places and events that led to the formation and development of our country.

We are an unincorporated association of 44 Corporate Societies with more than 15,000 members. The NSCDA has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration and the interpretation of historic sites since its New York Society first undertook the preservation of the Van Cortlandt House in 1897. The National Society headquarters is located at Dumbarton House, a Federal period house museum in Washington, D.C.

The Georgian-style mansion features some of the finest 18th-century ornamental architecture in the country, with exquisi...
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The Georgian-style mansion features some of the finest 18th-century ornamental architecture in the country, with exquisite interiors largely designed by Mason’s indentured London carpenter William Buckland and intricately hand carved by William Bernard Sears.

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learn about history

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The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America promotes appreciation for the people, places and events that led to the formation and development of our country. We are an unincorporated association of 44 Corporate Societies with more than 15,000 members. The NSCDA has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration and the interpretation of historic sites since its New York Society first undertook the preservation of the Van Cortlandt House in 1897. The National Society headquarters is located at Dumbarton House, a Federal period house museum in Washington, D.C.

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The Mission of Gunston Hall is to utilize fully the physical and scholarly resources of Gunston Hall to stimulate continuing public exploration of democratic ideals as first presented by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights.

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Guided Mansion tours are offered every 30 minutes; guests may also explore the outbuildings, museum exhibits, gift shop, and 550 acres of meadows, woodlands and nature trails.

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The Georgian-style mansion features some of the finest 18th-century ornamental architecture in the country, with exquisite interiors largely designed by Mason’s indentured London carpenter William Buckland and intricately hand carved by William Bernard Sears.

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Gunston Hall, built ca. 1755-59, was the plantation home of George Mason, founding father and principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. His call for freedom of the press, tolerance of religion, and other individual rights inspired many seminal freedom documents worldwide, including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Bill of Rights, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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Dumbarton House, built 1799, is regarded as one of the finest examples of Federal period architecture in the United States. This stately brick home exhibits several characteristics associated with Federal architecture, such as exterior and interior symmetry, as well as classical motifs which were pervasive throughout the Federal period. The house is interpreted to the period from 1804 to 1813, when it was owned and occupied by Joseph Nourse and his family. Nourse was the first register of the treasury, serving America's first six presidents in that capacity. The Dumbarton House collection includes furnishings, documents, and other artifacts that help tell the story of life in the new capital of the burgeoning American republic. Dumbarton House also serves as the NSCDA National Headquarters.

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Clarke House Museum

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2715 Q St NW
Washington D.C., DC
20007

Telephone

(202) 337-2288

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