Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden 1816 Georgetown estate and 5½ acre garden with family ties to George Washington. https://www.tudorplace.org A model of Federal-period architecture in the nation’s capital, Tudor Place was home to six generations of Martha Washington’s descendants from 1805 to 1983 and the enslaved workers and servants who lived and worked here.
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With over 18,000 decorative objects, including the largest Washington Collection outside of Mount Vernon, Tudor Place sits on 5 ½ acres in the heart of Georgetown.

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Who's Who: The Owners. Armistead Peter Jr. (1870-1960), the third owner of Tudor Place, inherited his name from his fath...
12/07/2020

Who's Who: The Owners. Armistead Peter Jr. (1870-1960), the third owner of Tudor Place, inherited his name from his father Dr. Armistead Peter. Armistead Peter Jr. was one of Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon’s five grandchildren. After her death, the historic house and its belongings were divided among the grandchildren. In an effort to keep the house and land from being further divided, Armistead Peter Jr. bought out his siblings’ shares in the Tudor Place property with money from his wife, Anna Williams. Read more about Armistead Peter Jr. and his attention to the garden. https://buff.ly/39QG3Hm Photo: Tudor Place Archive A1.411

#TBT During the Victorian era (1837-1901), greenery was one of the most widely used types of holiday decoration both ins...
12/03/2020

#TBT During the Victorian era (1837-1901), greenery was one of the most widely used types of holiday decoration both inside a house and on its exterior, as seen here in the Saloon at Tudor Place. Evergreen branches would be tied to posts, railings of porches, and over doors. Within the home, each railing and mantel welcomed branches of pine, berries, pinecones and nuts. The centerpiece of every room was greenery and was often accessorized with ribbon. #throwbackthursday #victorianchristmas #garlands #christmastree #trimmingthetree #seasonaldecor

After a chilled champagne toast, warm up with a gorgeous white wedding shawl and your sweet beau. Book now for 2021 and ...
12/02/2020

After a chilled champagne toast, warm up with a gorgeous white wedding shawl and your sweet beau. Book now for 2021 and celebrate your intimate occasion at Tudor Place. https://buff.ly/2HHXvCm Bubbly recommended any time of year. Photo credit: Kir2Ben #weddingWednesday #DCmicrowedding

Register now: See author and former Tudor Place Curator Grant Quertermous speak FREE, ONLINE at National Archives Founda...
12/01/2020

Register now: See author and former Tudor Place Curator Grant Quertermous speak FREE, ONLINE at National Archives Foundation Friday, December 4 at 3 pm ET. https://buff.ly/2KRdqiR

The "Reminiscences" were created by Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon (1815-1911) and her grandchildren. Prior to the establishment of the National Archives, and other publicly accessible repositories for papers, recollections from people such as Britannia would have been important sources of historical information, along with materials found in the Peter family’s collection of papers at Tudor Place. When her grandchildren were undertaking this project in the late 19th c., the majority of George Washington’s papers were not yet accessible to researchers, having been sold out of the Washington family and were under the ownership of the State Department.

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Who's Who: The Owners. Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon (1815-1911), the second owner of Tudor Place, was given a life ...
11/30/2020

Who's Who: The Owners. Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon (1815-1911), the second owner of Tudor Place, was given a life interest in the estate when her mother, Martha Custis Peter, passed away in 1856. Born just before the house’s construction was finished, Britannia spent most of her life at Tudor Place. During the #CivilWar, Britannia feared Tudor Place would be seized by the Union Army for use as a hospital. To avoid this, she took on Union officers, and sometimes their wives, as boarders. Britannia died at Tudor Place in January 1911, on the eve of her 96th birthday. Find more details of the Civil War years at Tudor Place here https://buff.ly/3l9Bj1A #womenshistory #DChistory
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Shop online: the Tudor Place Museum Shop has hard-to-find gifts for your family and friends. Unusual books & puzzles for...
11/27/2020

Shop online: the Tudor Place Museum Shop has hard-to-find gifts for your family and friends. Unusual books & puzzles for history fans, locally made cards, hand crafted kitchen gifts and jewelry, heirloom flower seeds, unique tea blends and more. https://buff.ly/365I7sP #BlackFriday #shoplocal #museumshop #DCtogether

Vintage Thanksgiving postcards from the Tudor Place Archive are now an online jigsaw puzzle for you. Click the link to f...
11/26/2020

Vintage Thanksgiving postcards from the Tudor Place Archive are now an online jigsaw puzzle for you. Click the link to find the puzzle pieces and put them together. https://jigex.com/qWpi Feel free to share this with family and friends. #HappyThanksgiving2020 #ThanksgivingFun #ThanksgivingGames #HappyThanksgiving #Thanksgiving #puzzles #jigsawpuzzles #holidaypuzzles #onlinepuzzles #vintagepuzzles #vintagepostcards

Surrounded by boxwood and roses--what better spot for the perfect photo op with your special someone? Photo and filming ...
11/25/2020

Surrounded by boxwood and roses--what better spot for the perfect photo op with your special someone? Photo and filming bookings still available through the holiday season or reserve now for spring 2021 when the scents of spring waft through the air. https://buff.ly/32nrrdj Photo credit: DC Elopements
#weddingwednesday #weddingphotography #holidayphotography

Grades 2-5: Join Tudor Place for the “Garden Detectives” Distance Learning program. Investigate real-world garden proble...
11/24/2020

Grades 2-5: Join Tudor Place for the “Garden Detectives” Distance Learning program. Investigate real-world garden problems such as squirrels chewing on statues, come up with creative solutions, hear the tips and tricks Tudor Place staff use to care for the 5 ½ acre garden, find out how trees are teachers, and solve garden puzzles. Book with a class or group of 5 or more. Title I schools are always free.
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Who's Who: The Owners. Martha Parke Custis Peter (1777-1856), who purchased and built Tudor Place with her husband Thoma...
11/23/2020

Who's Who: The Owners. Martha Parke Custis Peter (1777-1856), who purchased and built Tudor Place with her husband Thomas Peter, acted as owner of the property for 20 years after his death. The granddaughter of Martha Washington and step-granddaughter of George Washington, she was the only Custis child born at Mount Vernon. Martha Peter was deeply fond of her step-grandfather and instilled that same sense of admiration in her children and grandchildren. This silver beaker, engraved with her married name, was commissioned by Martha soon after her 1795 wedding, which had taken place on the Washington's 36th wedding anniversary. The beaker was made by the firm of Burnett & Ridgden here in Georgetown.
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Explore sparkling garden rooms, twinkling lawns and shimmering tunnels of light. Stroll through the 5 ½ acre garden and ...
11/20/2020

Explore sparkling garden rooms, twinkling lawns and shimmering tunnels of light. Stroll through the 5 ½ acre garden and celebrate the season at Tudor Place. Fridays & Saturdays 4:30-7:30 pm. Limited number of tickets per hour; buy tickets online. Dec. 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19. https://buff.ly/3fhc3Fe #holidays2020

Check out our story to relive a magical season of events. From proposals, to engagement celebrations, to weddings, these...
11/18/2020

Check out our story to relive a magical season of events. From proposals, to engagement celebrations, to weddings, these 2020 festivities were possible because of the supportive community.
Photo credit: Clark Brewer Photography

Ever wonder what a museum curator does? Grades 6-12, join Tudor Place for a Distance Learning program “Be the Curator: P...
11/17/2020

Ever wonder what a museum curator does? Grades 6-12, join Tudor Place for a Distance Learning program “Be the Curator: Primary Source Workshop.” Hear which primary sources the Tudor Place curator uses to set the dining room table and send visitors back in time. Examine different types of historical sources, then "be a curator" making decisions about how to set the dining room table. Book with a class or group of five or more. No charge for Title I schools. Reserve here https://buff.ly/2HeAbvs
#teachingTuesday #DistanceLearning #virtualfieldtrip #EducationAtHome #DCtogether

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Comte d'Artois' porcelain factory, Paris, ca. 1785
Porcelain with gilt decoration
Collection of Tudor Place Historic House & Garden
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Who's Who: The Owners. Thomas Peter (1769-1834) inherited 1/5 of his father’s estate (about $95,000) in 1806. With his w...
11/16/2020

Who's Who: The Owners. Thomas Peter (1769-1834) inherited 1/5 of his father’s estate (about $95,000) in 1806. With his wife, Martha, granddaughter of Martha Washington and stepgranddaughter of George Washington, he purchased and built Tudor Place. A favorite hobby of Thomas Peter’s was raising and racing horses. The Tudor Place Collection & Archive reflects this hobby with preserved objects such as a blue silk sleeve from a coat worn by a jockey for one of Thomas Peter’s horses.
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NEW items just added to the Tudor Place "booth" at the Strathmore Virtual Museum Shop Holiday Market. Free shipping. Sho...
11/14/2020

NEW items just added to the Tudor Place "booth" at the Strathmore Virtual Museum Shop Holiday Market. Free shipping. Shop now through Wed. Nov. 18 for fun tea towels, and other gifts from many museums, to support local non-profits. Thank you! https://buff.ly/2Upg2Gf

You can have flowers in your fall garden with Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana Jiman’ that grows up to 6’ wide and 10’ tall in pa...
11/13/2020

You can have flowers in your fall garden with Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana Jiman’ that grows up to 6’ wide and 10’ tall in part-shade or sun, USDA zones 7-9. Come visit the Tudor Place garden TH-SUN from 12-4. Reserve free, online tickets https://buff.ly/2JvkYkV #flowerfriday #DCtogether #visitDC #georgetown

11/12/2020
Bees in cosmos, November 2020

With the warm November weather the bees are still buzzing in the cosmos at Tudor Place. #wildlifegardening #pollinatorgardening #bees

A bouquet in one hand, your partner's hand in the other -- all you need now is the perfect spot. Visit Tudor Place and b...
11/11/2020

A bouquet in one hand, your partner's hand in the other -- all you need now is the perfect spot. Visit Tudor Place and be inspired by gurgling fountains, iron gates and bloom filled spaces that lend a sense of romance. Book a site visit today at [email protected] An Endless Pursuit Photo & Video
#weddingwednesday #DCwedding

Register now https://buff.ly/3kdKY6Z for this FREE virtual school program for grades 3-5. Delve into the founding of Was...
11/10/2020

Register now https://buff.ly/3kdKY6Z for this FREE virtual school program for grades 3-5. Delve into the founding of Washington DC through the port of Georgetown and its undeniable ties to the tobacco industry. Using primary sources, uncover the links between the tobacco trade, money, city growth, and enslavement in this urban setting. With the perspective of three historic sites–Dumbarton House, Georgetown Heritage and Tudor Place Historic House & Garden–learn about the people who lived and worked in Georgetown and depended on the tobacco trade. Co-presenters are Dumbarton House, NSCDA Museum & Headquarters and Georgetown Heritage.
#teachingTuesday #DistanceLearning2020 #distancelearning #EducationAtHome #blackhistory #DCtogether

Who's Who: Robert Peter (1726-1806) was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland at Crossbasket Castle, shown here, in 1726. He arr...
11/09/2020

Who's Who: Robert Peter (1726-1806) was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland at Crossbasket Castle, shown here, in 1726. He arrived in America around the age of 20 and spent many years as a businessman in Georgetown. He was named Georgetown's first mayor when it was incorporated as a city in 1789 and he served nine years. As patriarch of the Peter family, he established the enduring Peter presence in Georgetown. When he died in 1806, he left a total of 20,491 acres of land valued at $479,385 to his heirs. For comparison, the first federal budget in 1800 was $500,000. His son Thomas and daughter-in-law Martha built Tudor Place in the early 19th century.
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Fall color plus warm weather make this an ideal time to visit the Tudor Place garden. The turning leaves of oakleaf hydr...
11/06/2020

Fall color plus warm weather make this an ideal time to visit the Tudor Place garden. The turning leaves of oakleaf hydrangea show why it is a valuable garden shrub in fall, as well as spring and summer. https://buff.ly/2vEuEFW #DCtogether #ourgardensyourhome #fallgardening #visitDC #georgetown

Attention 2021 brides: Let the Tudor Place garden spaces spark your imagination and kick your wedding planning into high...
11/04/2020

Attention 2021 brides: Let the Tudor Place garden spaces spark your imagination and kick your wedding planning into high gear. Dates in 2021 are available along with customized packaging that turns your dreams into reality. Whether you need to scale down to an intimate affair or are rescheduling a large celebration, Tudor Place is ready to work with you to make it happen. Cake knife optional. Inquire now at [email protected]. Photo credit: @Sarahshankphotography. #weddingwednesday

Everyone loves a good mystery! Here's one for grades 3-8. What is this item and why was it used? Participants in Tudor P...
11/03/2020

Everyone loves a good mystery! Here's one for grades 3-8. What is this item and why was it used? Participants in Tudor Place’s “Historical Detectives” Distance Learning program will virtually visit the historic house and use a variety of artifacts to answer questions about how life changed in Washington, DC from 1800 to modern times. Then they will discuss which objects in their own homes could become artifacts for future historians. Book with a class or homeschool group. Title I schools are always free. https://buff.ly/2HeAbvs #teachingTuesday #DistanceLearning #virtualfieldtrip

Pink chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum x rubellum) blooming under an apple tree in the Orchard area of the garden. Come for ...
10/30/2020

Pink chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum x rubellum) blooming under an apple tree in the Orchard area of the garden. Come for a refreshing garden visit. Reserve free, timed tickets online for TH-SUN 12-4. www.tudorplace.org/visit #DCtogether #ourgardensyourhome #fallgardens #flowerfriday

This rainy day at Tudor Place in Washington, D.C. is perfect for the salamanders that live in the garden. Come visit the...
10/29/2020

This rainy day at Tudor Place in Washington, D.C. is perfect for the salamanders that live in the garden. Come visit the wildlife-friendly garden with a free, timed ticket TH-SUN 12-4 p.m.; reserve here https://buff.ly/2vEuEFW #wildlifegardenng

Love, laughter & happily ever after on the front steps of Dower House at Tudor Place. This red brick, Gothic Revival hou...
10/28/2020

Love, laughter & happily ever after on the front steps of Dower House at Tudor Place. This red brick, Gothic Revival house was originally known as the Beall House. Located on land that was part of the original Tudor Place lot from the late 18th century until 1866, when it was sold, the property was repurchased by Armistead Peter 3rd (1896-1983) in 1961 and is still a good spot to sit and hold hands. https://buff.ly/34yEN7B Photo credit: Modern Frames Photography #weddingWednesday

Join Tudor Place for a “Storytime in the Garden” Distance Learning Program. How do plants grow? Can you find different c...
10/27/2020

Join Tudor Place for a “Storytime in the Garden” Distance Learning Program. How do plants grow? Can you find different colors and shapes in the Tudor Place garden? A Tudor Place teacher will read a book with you and talk about how plants grow. You and the teacher will virtually explore Tudor Place’s 5 ½ acre garden, identifying some of the plants and wildlife living here. At the end you can do Plant Yoga and move like plants. Spend some time in the ever changing garden by reserving with a class or homeschool group. Title I schools are always free. https://buff.ly/2HeAbvs
#teachingTuesday #DistanceLearning #virtualfieldtrip #EducationAtHome #DCtogether

Abundant cosmos in the Tudor Place Garden for your #museummomentofzen today. #museumMonday #DCtogether #ourgardensyourho...
10/26/2020

Abundant cosmos in the Tudor Place Garden for your #museummomentofzen today. #museumMonday #DCtogether #ourgardensyourhome #historicgarden

Hear about treasures in the Dietrich American Foundation and what drove a collector to seek out pieces of history like t...
10/24/2020

Hear about treasures in the Dietrich American Foundation and what drove a collector to seek out pieces of history like this miniature of George Washington, and a letter Washington wrote a week before crossing the Delaware in the Revolutionary War. Free, virtual lecture on Zoom Tues. Oct. 27 at 6:30 pm ET. Register now https://buff.ly/342KVpu Credits (L-R) Gavin Ashworth, Cliff Sahlin.

Japanese anemones (Anemone hupehensis) for you this #flowerFriday. Hope you can walk outdoors with flowers this weekend,...
10/23/2020

Japanese anemones (Anemone hupehensis) for you this #flowerFriday. Hope you can walk outdoors with flowers this weekend, at Tudor Place https://buff.ly/2vEuEFW or another garden near you.

One of the Tudor Place gardeners gently picked up a baby mouse in the garden. The closed eyes show that the mouse is sti...
10/22/2020

One of the Tudor Place gardeners gently picked up a baby mouse in the garden. The closed eyes show that the mouse is still very young. Come visit the garden with a free, timed ticket TH-SUN 12-4 p.m. https://buff.ly/2vEuEFW #wildlifegardening #dctogether #dcwildlife #ourgardensyourhome

Say "I do" with touches of blue at Tudor Place. https://buff.ly/33OsXrk Photo credit: Angel Kidwell Photography #wedding...
10/21/2020

Say "I do" with touches of blue at Tudor Place. https://buff.ly/33OsXrk Photo credit: Angel Kidwell Photography #weddingWednesday #DCwedding #DCmicrowedding #museumwedding #gardenwedding

Roses are still blooming among the boxwood in our Box Knot garden area. Come visit! Reserve free, timed tickets online f...
10/16/2020

Roses are still blooming among the boxwood in our Box Knot garden area. Come visit! Reserve free, timed tickets online for TH-SUN from 12-4 pm. https://buff.ly/3axYLSw #flowerfriday #DCtogether

Hello October! Changing leaves and fall colors pop on the East Lawn, adding the perfect touch to your outdoor ceremony. ...
10/14/2020

Hello October! Changing leaves and fall colors pop on the East Lawn, adding the perfect touch to your outdoor ceremony. https://buff.ly/33OsXrk Photo credit: @anendlesspursuit #WeddingWednesday

The Tudor Place garden is a haven for Eastern cottontail rabbits and other wildlife. Come count the bunnies on your gard...
10/09/2020

The Tudor Place garden is a haven for Eastern cottontail rabbits and other wildlife. Come count the bunnies on your garden visit. Reserve your free, timed garden tickets online for TH-SUN 12-4 p.m. https://buff.ly/3axYLSw National Wildlife Federation #wildlifegardening #DCtogether

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America’s Story Lives Here

A National Historic Landmark, Tudor Place Historic House & Garden features two centuries of history, landscape, and family life and a collection including the largest set of Washington items on public display outside Mount Vernon. The estate was built in 1816 by an early Washington "power couple," Martha Washington's granddaughter Martha Custis Peter and her husband, Thomas Peter, son of a prominent Scots-born landowner. Their estate on 5-1/2 (originally 8-1/2) acres, with its notable design and famed Temple Portico, was home to six generations of their descendants and the workers, free and enslaved, who served them. In 1988, it opened to the public as a museum.

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Where is the information on your website for the Landmark Society Lecture Nov. 8?
We loved touring Tudor Place in DC on our vacation there in 2016 (so glad we went there before Lying Trump stained our capital & our White House with his presence). Tudor Place is a beautiful & historic estate, simply fascinating, full of many ancestral antiques, some dating back to George Washington. Highly recommended!
Three kids in a big hole. Michelle Nickerson Benjamin Johnson
Really enjoyed the tour! Thanks to Ms Wilhelmina:)