Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden 1816 historic house & garden in WDC with family ties to George Washington.
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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. With thousands of decorative objects, including the largest Washington Collection outside of Mount Vernon, Tudor Place sits on 5 ½ acres in the heart of Georgetown.

On January 20, Members will have the chance to learn more about the process of caring for the house and objects in the c...
01/05/2024

On January 20, Members will have the chance to learn more about the process of caring for the house and objects in the collection in a behind the scenes tour. Afterwards, enjoy mimosas and a light breakfast. Get your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3tqgAkx

Tudor Place is hiring. If you are passionate about American history, architecture, historical objects, gardens or flower...
01/04/2024

Tudor Place is hiring. If you are passionate about American history, architecture, historical objects, gardens or flowers, check out our job board for the latest job openings and internship opportunities.

Members - tickets for Eggstravaganza! are now on pre-sale through the month of January. Get your tickets now for this fa...
01/03/2024

Members - tickets for Eggstravaganza! are now on pre-sale through the month of January. Get your tickets now for this favorite spring tradition. https://buff.ly/3GjELCT

A Holiday Message from Mark Hudson, Executive Director:I extend sincere thanks for your engagement and support this year...
12/31/2023

A Holiday Message from Mark Hudson, Executive Director:

I extend sincere thanks for your engagement and support this year. We welcomed over 23,000 people to Tudor Place for tours, programs, events and field trips in 2023. The coming year promises to be filled with activities that will challenge ourselves and our visitors to celebrate the triumphs and confront the complexities of the past, including Ancestral Spaces: People of African Descent at Tudor Place, a special installation and guided tour that will present the historic house from the perspective of Tudor Place’s enslaved and free laborers. Visit www.tudorplace.org for details about this and other activities in 2024.

To you and your family, we send our best wishes for 2024.



To support Tudor Place, visit https://tudorplace.org/join-and-give/donate/

This weekend is your last chance to visit Tudor Place in 2023. Tudor Place is closed during the month of January for ann...
12/27/2023

This weekend is your last chance to visit Tudor Place in 2023. Tudor Place is closed during the month of January for annual maintenance and cleaning so get your tickets now! https://buff.ly/3wUYSUl

12/25/2023

Warmest wishes from Tudor Place during this winter season!

Season’s Greetings! Visit Tudor Place this December to experience an installation exploring the social history of gift-g...
12/22/2023

Season’s Greetings! Visit Tudor Place this December to experience an installation exploring the social history of gift-giving through rarely-seen objects. https://buff.ly/3wUYSUl

Thank you for your continued support of Tudor Place. Tudor Place was Armistead Peter 3rd’s gift to the community. Now, y...
12/21/2023

Thank you for your continued support of Tudor Place. Tudor Place was Armistead Peter 3rd’s gift to the community. Now, your gifts allow us to share stories with thousands of visitors year after year. Your generosity is an investment in the preservation of history linked to the ideals of family, tradition and stewardship, just as Armistead Peter 3rd dreamed Tudor Place would be. Please give a gift today. https://buff.ly/3Djc20I

Wristwatch
Gift from Armistead Peter Jr to his wife, Christmas 1913
Movado, Switzerland
c. early 20th century
Gold, metal, leather

If you have a friend who loves getting cozy this time of year, there are tons of items in the Tudor Place Museum Shop th...
12/18/2023

If you have a friend who loves getting cozy this time of year, there are tons of items in the Tudor Place Museum Shop that would make a great gift. Discover more about the life of Britannia Peter Kennon with a copy of “A Georgetown Life.” Then, add to the reading ambience with a Tudor Place mug, one of our varieties of tea and a candle. (The scent Chunky Sweater seems particularly appropriate.) Check out all of these items and more Tues-Sun or online here: https://buff.ly/3TlcFjt

This tiny two-inch portrait of a woman wearing a pearl necklace and earrings holds a hidden history about the enslaved a...
12/15/2023

This tiny two-inch portrait of a woman wearing a pearl necklace and earrings holds a hidden history about the enslaved and Indigenous pearl divers behind the iconic iridescent jewelry. For centuries across North and South America, imperial powers forced enslaved people of African descent and Indigenous people to dive for pearls to supply the booming global export market. A French author wrote of these exploited divers in 1696 saying “It is to them the Ladies are obliged for their Ornaments of Pearl.”

Portrait Miniature
American, c.1800
Watercolor, ivory, gold, glass, silk
6177.01

12/13/2023

Manufactured toys were popular gifts to give at the turn of the century. This mechanical toy called “The Crawling Beetle” flaps its wings and crawls when wound. See this toy and others on a holiday guided tour exploring the social history of gift-giving, now through December 31st. https://buff.ly/3wUYSUl

The Crawling Beetle
E P Lehmann (manufacturer)
Germany, c.1895
Tinplate
9500.01

The Tudor Place Museum Shop has everything you need for garden enthusiasts this holiday season. Take a little piece of T...
12/11/2023

The Tudor Place Museum Shop has everything you need for garden enthusiasts this holiday season. Take a little piece of Tudor Place home with seeds, lavender sachets and honey that comes directly from the garden. A flower pressing kit or cute garden stakes are also sure to make any garden guru smile. Open Tues-Sun or shop online here: https://buff.ly/3mPe2pU

The Tudor Place Archive houses hundreds of letters, including many holiday cards. Cards from the early to mid-20th centu...
12/09/2023

The Tudor Place Archive houses hundreds of letters, including many holiday cards. Cards from the early to mid-20th century reveal more contemporary imagery of Santa Claus, like this Santa, who has traded in his reindeer for a car!

MS14_B134_F18-F23

12/06/2023

German-made ornaments were popular exports to the United States in the early 1900s. They feature curious imagery like insects, pigs and parsnips. Come see these and other historical ornaments at our holiday installation through the month of December. Get your tickets here: https://buff.ly/3wUYSUl

Explore Tudor Place using the intimate glow of candlelight. This December, go back in time to uncover gift-giving tradit...
12/05/2023

Explore Tudor Place using the intimate glow of candlelight. This December, go back in time to uncover gift-giving traditions and enjoy seasonal treats on a Candlelight Tour. Visit the holiday calendar to sign up: https://buff.ly/3fhc3Fe

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite local historian? The Tudor Place Museum Shop has you covered. Pick up boo...
12/04/2023

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite local historian? The Tudor Place Museum Shop has you covered. Pick up books on a variety of topics, Christmas ornaments, or even stationary showing artwork by Armistead Peter 3rd. Open Tues-Sun or shop online here: https://buff.ly/3mPe2pU

A Tudor Place Membership spreads joy all year long. Discover the perks of each of the membership levels here: https://bu...
12/02/2023

A Tudor Place Membership spreads joy all year long. Discover the perks of each of the membership levels here: https://buff.ly/3F2pG9H

Check out all the festive events happening at Tudor Place this holiday season. https://buff.ly/3GjELCT
12/01/2023

Check out all the festive events happening at Tudor Place this holiday season. https://buff.ly/3GjELCT

Louisa May Alcott, born November 29 1832, was a feminist and abolitionist often remembered for her literary accomplishme...
11/29/2023

Louisa May Alcott, born November 29 1832, was a feminist and abolitionist often remembered for her literary accomplishments, such as the classic novel, Little Women. When the Civil War broke out, Alcott was disappointed that she could not join the fighting. Instead, Alcott served as a nurse for the Union Army in Georgetown. During her service, she wrote many letters to her family which she later fictionalized and published in Hospital Sketches, a copy of which is in our collection. Learn more about objects in the collection here: https://buff.ly/3PWJ8cz

11/28/2023

Thank you to all who have shown your support for Tudor Place this . You are a vital part of the lifeforce of Tudor Place, preserving and maintaining this National Historic Landmark.

Donate here: https://buff.ly/3Djc20I

Support Tudor Place on  . Tudor Place is more than a building. It's a time capsule that holds stories, objects and memor...
11/28/2023

Support Tudor Place on . Tudor Place is more than a building. It's a time capsule that holds stories, objects and memories associated with the past. A donation today ensures the doors stay open to welcome thousands of visitors connecting the past to the present. Time is of the essence. Please give a gift today here: https://buff.ly/3Djc20I

Skeleton Clock
Paris, c. 1795
Marble, gilt bronze, copper & enamel
4131.01

This  , give $20.23 to Tudor Place to help cover yearly maintenance and horticultural practices which contribute to plan...
11/27/2023

This , give $20.23 to Tudor Place to help cover yearly maintenance and horticultural practices which contribute to planting native varieties, elimination of invasive species and promotion of healthy blooms in all seasons. Please give a gift today. Donate here: https://buff.ly/3Djc20I

The Tudor Place Museum Shop has something unique for everyone on your list this holiday season. Stop by Tuesday through ...
11/26/2023

The Tudor Place Museum Shop has something unique for everyone on your list this holiday season. Stop by Tuesday through Sunday to browse books, Christmas ornaments, mugs and specialty goods that come directly from Tudor Place, such as lavender sachets, items turned from boxwood and honey from onsite hives.

Surprise, surprise: two camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’) bushes at the top of the center walk are blooming in N...
11/25/2023

Surprise, surprise: two camellia (Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’) bushes at the top of the center walk are blooming in November! Spot other blooms at Tudor Place: https://buff.ly/3R90xQS

Happy Thanksgiving from Tudor Place. Tudor Place will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come and spend your holiday w...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from Tudor Place. Tudor Place will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Come and spend your holiday weekend with us. https://buff.ly/3wUYSUl

Celebrate the season at Tudor Place’s holiday party, Tudor Lights. Experience an up-close look at rarely exhibited objec...
11/20/2023

Celebrate the season at Tudor Place’s holiday party, Tudor Lights. Experience an up-close look at rarely exhibited objects from the Tudor Place Collection that explore the social history of gift-giving during the holiday season. Afterwards, help yourself to a cocktail and check out the lights in the garden. Get your holiday cheer here: https://buff.ly/46lctU9

Originally designed to protest income inequality and monopolists, Monopoly was conceived and patented by Elizabeth Magie...
11/19/2023

Originally designed to protest income inequality and monopolists, Monopoly was conceived and patented by Elizabeth Magie in 1903 as the “Landlord’s Game.” Written out of history as the game’s true inventor, Magie created the game to share the teachings of economist Henry George, who believed that taxation should fall on wealthy landowners. This monopoly board has a Tudor Place twist. Can you recognize any of these pieces? Let us know in the comments!

11/17/2023

Volunteers and Tudor Place staff are hard at work planting new Little Missy boxwood in the box knot. Visit the garden Tuesday - Sunday to see this refreshed garden space.

On this  , we remember George Peter (1779-1861), Major in Artillery for the U.S. Army between 1799 and 1809. He returned...
11/11/2023

On this , we remember George Peter (1779-1861), Major in Artillery for the U.S. Army between 1799 and 1809. He returned to service in 1814 when the British army threatened DC. These orders directed Peter to take position in Nottingham, Maryland. On August 24, 1814, the U.S. Army confronted the British at the Battle of Bladensburg. Despite offering stiff resistance, the British broke through and set fire to DC including the U.S. Capitol and White House.

See items in the collection from the Peter family’s American military service here: https://buff.ly/3sr6zTs

Orders
Thomas L McKenney to George Peter, June 19, 1814
MS4 B1 F2 D9

Artist James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834 - 1903) is known for his “Nocturnes” or moonlight scenes that capture the ...
11/09/2023

Artist James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834 - 1903) is known for his “Nocturnes” or moonlight scenes that capture the tonal harmonies of darkness. Tudor Place is home to two of Whistler’s Nocturne prints that exemplify his mastery of shadowy and dusky atmospheres. Discover more of the art in the collection here: https://buff.ly/3wdlf6Z

Street at Saverne
James McNeill Whistler, 1858
Etching on cream paper
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Nocturne (The River at Battersea)
James McNeill Whistler, 1887
Lithotint on blue-gray wove paper laid down on French ivory plate paper
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Address

1644 31st Street NW
Washington D.C., DC
20007

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

+12029650400

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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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