Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden 1816 Georgetown estate and 5½ acre garden with family ties to George Washington. www.tudorplace.org. Free admission to historic house and garden, reservations required.
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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 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.

Operating as usual

We have no more availability for Fall 2021 rentals but our books are open for 2022. Contact events@tudorplace.org. Photo...
07/21/2021

We have no more availability for Fall 2021 rentals but our books are open for 2022. Contact [email protected]. Photo: @LacieHanson

We have no more availability for Fall 2021 rentals but our books are open for 2022. Contact [email protected]. Photo: @LacieHanson

Happy 125th Birthday to Armistead Peter 3rd (1896-1983), the 4th and final owner of Tudor Place. By donating Tudor Place...
07/19/2021

Happy 125th Birthday to Armistead Peter 3rd (1896-1983), the 4th and final owner of Tudor Place. By donating Tudor Place as a scenic easement to the United States, his vision and devotion provided a perpetual preservation of the historic buildings and gardens that can be enjoyed by all to this very day. Learn about the first such easement provided under the Historic Sites Act of 1935, here https://bit.ly/3Bfb1Vb. Photo: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, A1.929.

Happy 125th Birthday to Armistead Peter 3rd (1896-1983), the 4th and final owner of Tudor Place. By donating Tudor Place as a scenic easement to the United States, his vision and devotion provided a perpetual preservation of the historic buildings and gardens that can be enjoyed by all to this very day. Learn about the first such easement provided under the Historic Sites Act of 1935, here https://bit.ly/3Bfb1Vb. Photo: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, A1.929.

#cowappreciationday. Cows provide many things, but can their milk put out lightning fires? Early Europeans thought so, a...
07/13/2021

#cowappreciationday. Cows provide many things, but can their milk put out lightning fires? Early Europeans thought so, and the myth persisted in America. At Tudor Place, Britannia Peter Kennon (1815-1911) recalled an enslaved person named Jo who wanted to put out a lightning fire with milk because “when [George] Washington’s to***co barn was struck, they milked the cows to put the fire out!” Jo, possibly born in 1768, may have been one of the Custis dower slaves who lived at one of Washington’s plantations before being inherited by Martha Custis Peter in 1795.

Cows in Field [descriptive]
Armistead Peter 3rd, c.1950
Watercolor
Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, 6767

Britannia’s Reminiscences,
Tudor Place Archive, MS14_B70_F1

#cowappreciationday. Cows provide many things, but can their milk put out lightning fires? Early Europeans thought so, and the myth persisted in America. At Tudor Place, Britannia Peter Kennon (1815-1911) recalled an enslaved person named Jo who wanted to put out a lightning fire with milk because “when [George] Washington’s to***co barn was struck, they milked the cows to put the fire out!” Jo, possibly born in 1768, may have been one of the Custis dower slaves who lived at one of Washington’s plantations before being inherited by Martha Custis Peter in 1795.

Cows in Field [descriptive]
Armistead Peter 3rd, c.1950
Watercolor
Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, 6767

Britannia’s Reminiscences,
Tudor Place Archive, MS14_B70_F1

See who hides in the shadows at Tudor Place. Open weekends Saturdays and Sundays, noon - 4 p.m. https://bit.ly/2TGy7mH
07/09/2021

See who hides in the shadows at Tudor Place. Open weekends Saturdays and Sundays, noon - 4 p.m. https://bit.ly/2TGy7mH

See who hides in the shadows at Tudor Place. Open weekends Saturdays and Sundays, noon - 4 p.m. https://bit.ly/2TGy7mH

#worldchocolateday and hot chocolate cups. This ornate chocolate cup was manufactured in Meissen, Germany and displays t...
07/07/2021

#worldchocolateday and hot chocolate cups. This ornate chocolate cup was manufactured in Meissen, Germany and displays the reverence once shown to this hot drink that rivaled coffee and tea as a morning stimulant. The desire for chocolate intensified the colonization of cocoa growing regions in the Western/Southern hemisphere and drove its use as a commodity in the African slave trade. On display in the Butler's Pantry at Tudor Place. Visit Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets to the historic house https://bit.ly/36ctkvO.

Chocolate cup with lid and saucer
Meissen, c. 1790
Porcelain
Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, 95.3018.01A-C.

#worldchocolateday and hot chocolate cups. This ornate chocolate cup was manufactured in Meissen, Germany and displays the reverence once shown to this hot drink that rivaled coffee and tea as a morning stimulant. The desire for chocolate intensified the colonization of cocoa growing regions in the Western/Southern hemisphere and drove its use as a commodity in the African slave trade. On display in the Butler's Pantry at Tudor Place. Visit Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. Tickets to the historic house https://bit.ly/36ctkvO.

Chocolate cup with lid and saucer
Meissen, c. 1790
Porcelain
Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, 95.3018.01A-C.

Happy #4thofJuly from Tudor Place. Wishing all a super and safe holiday weekend. #america #fourthofjuly #independenceday...
07/04/2021

Happy #4thofJuly from Tudor Place. Wishing all a super and safe holiday weekend. #america #fourthofjuly #independenceday #independence #usa

Happy #4thofJuly from Tudor Place. Wishing all a super and safe holiday weekend. #america #fourthofjuly #independenceday #independence #usa

Snap a few family photos with a National Historic Landmark in the background. Look to Tudor Place to capture your pictur...
06/30/2021

Snap a few family photos with a National Historic Landmark in the background. Look to Tudor Place to capture your picture perfect memories. Inquire at [email protected] for rates and availability for late summer and early fall. Photo: Irene Abdou Photography, LLC

Snap a few family photos with a National Historic Landmark in the background. Look to Tudor Place to capture your picture perfect memories. Inquire at [email protected] for rates and availability for late summer and early fall. Photo: Irene Abdou Photography, LLC

Note the balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) on this #FlowerFriday; a  member of the easy-to-grow bellflower family...
06/25/2021

Note the balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) on this #FlowerFriday; a member of the easy-to-grow bellflower family and so named because puffy, balloon-like buds swell up to produce the 2- to 3-inch star-shaped flower. Visit Tudor Place. Saturdays and Sundays. https://buff.ly/3fYUkRZ

Note the balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) on this #FlowerFriday; a member of the easy-to-grow bellflower family and so named because puffy, balloon-like buds swell up to produce the 2- to 3-inch star-shaped flower. Visit Tudor Place. Saturdays and Sundays. https://buff.ly/3fYUkRZ

Want to know what will be blooming during your event rental or special occasion celebration? The experts at Tudor Place ...
06/23/2021

Want to know what will be blooming during your event rental or special occasion celebration? The experts at Tudor Place know what's in season to help seamlessly blend a curated color palette. Photo: Kelly Hornberger Photography. https://buff.ly/3vxhrL3

Want to know what will be blooming during your event rental or special occasion celebration? The experts at Tudor Place know what's in season to help seamlessly blend a curated color palette. Photo: Kelly Hornberger Photography. https://buff.ly/3vxhrL3

Historians use primary sources to learn about what happened in the past. Journals or diaries are helpful primary sources...
06/22/2021

Historians use primary sources to learn about what happened in the past. Journals or diaries are helpful primary sources. The Tudor Place Archive contains numerous journals, diaries and letters written by people who lived here. See what Armistead Peter Jr. wrote on March 29, 1921: Every thing froze last night! Sallie and Kate Nelson dined with us and we went to see “Blossom Time.” Photo: Tudor Place Archive. Grab a pen and start recording your own stories. For this fun home activity, visit https://buff.ly/3tOaHrA #teachingTuesday #distancelearning #EducationAtHome

Historians use primary sources to learn about what happened in the past. Journals or diaries are helpful primary sources. The Tudor Place Archive contains numerous journals, diaries and letters written by people who lived here. See what Armistead Peter Jr. wrote on March 29, 1921: Every thing froze last night! Sallie and Kate Nelson dined with us and we went to see “Blossom Time.” Photo: Tudor Place Archive. Grab a pen and start recording your own stories. For this fun home activity, visit https://buff.ly/3tOaHrA #teachingTuesday #distancelearning #EducationAtHome

Attention Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts! Join Tudor Place online (from any state) to have fun learning about the Roari...
06/21/2021
Brownies: The Roaring Twenties – Tudor Place

Attention Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts! Join Tudor Place online (from any state) to have fun learning about the Roaring Twenties -- and earn badges. New dates for spring and summer. Sign up now at Calendar https://buff.ly/34M16Yb
@girlscouts @girlscoutscmd

Individual Brownies and Brownie troops are invited to travel back in time and explore Tudor Place in the 1920s. Learn about the women who lived and worked at Tudor Place and imagine what their lives looked like.

A day known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, #Juneteenth commemorates  June 19, 1865 when Union troops brought news o...
06/19/2021

A day known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, #Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union troops brought news of emancipation to Texas, ending slavery in the US. As a historic site that bears the scars of slavery, Tudor Place also remembers the enslaved people who resisted bo***ge in ways large and small. Like John Luckett, the Tudor Place gardener for 44 years, who shared his self-emancipation story with his employer, Armistead Peter Jr. “I was a slave…at Lewinsville, Va. That evening, a bunch of Yankees came along…The following morning, I was ordered to drive a pair of mules that were hitched to an army wagon. In the afternoon, we could hear the booming of the guns at Bull Run...Three of us deserted. We traveled at night and hid in the day-time, for we had no passes to be on the road. One night, when we were near Lewinsville, a bunch of Yankees picked us up and took us to headquarters...Fortunately, they let us go…I just kept on…” Learn more https://buff.ly/2TzP69G more information check out or contact [email protected].

Photo: Tudor Place Archive, A1.305

#Juneteenth #EmancipationDay #ResistanceToSlavery #OralHistory

A day known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, #Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union troops brought news of emancipation to Texas, ending slavery in the US. As a historic site that bears the scars of slavery, Tudor Place also remembers the enslaved people who resisted bo***ge in ways large and small. Like John Luckett, the Tudor Place gardener for 44 years, who shared his self-emancipation story with his employer, Armistead Peter Jr. “I was a slave…at Lewinsville, Va. That evening, a bunch of Yankees came along…The following morning, I was ordered to drive a pair of mules that were hitched to an army wagon. In the afternoon, we could hear the booming of the guns at Bull Run...Three of us deserted. We traveled at night and hid in the day-time, for we had no passes to be on the road. One night, when we were near Lewinsville, a bunch of Yankees picked us up and took us to headquarters...Fortunately, they let us go…I just kept on…” Learn more https://buff.ly/2TzP69G more information check out or contact [email protected].

Photo: Tudor Place Archive, A1.305

#Juneteenth #EmancipationDay #ResistanceToSlavery #OralHistory

Tudor Place welcomed the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Program in American Material Culture Field Study Class of 2...
06/17/2021

Tudor Place welcomed the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Program in American Material Culture Field Study Class of 2021 this week for an in-depth tour of the site's extensive collection of decorative arts totaling over 18,000 objects including the largest Washington Collection outside of George Washington's Mount Vernon. Investing in the next generation of museum curators, aka superhero story tellers who share the past to realize a better future. #materialculturewinterthur Check out a few fascinating objects at https://buff.ly/3zxtbQV

Tudor Place welcomed the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Program in American Material Culture Field Study Class of 2021 this week for an in-depth tour of the site's extensive collection of decorative arts totaling over 18,000 objects including the largest Washington Collection outside of George Washington's Mount Vernon. Investing in the next generation of museum curators, aka superhero story tellers who share the past to realize a better future. #materialculturewinterthur Check out a few fascinating objects at https://buff.ly/3zxtbQV

Everything's coming up roses in the Box Knot at Tudor Place.  It's a perfect backdrop for family portraits, senior photo...
06/16/2021

Everything's coming up roses in the Box Knot at Tudor Place. It's a perfect backdrop for family portraits, senior photos and engagement shoots alike. Limited availability in July 2021. Contact [email protected] for more information.

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This...
06/15/2021

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, summer solstice is June 20th. People all over the world celebrate the summer solstice and have for hundreds and hundreds of years. Washington DC will have almost 15 hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset. Design a monoprint to celebrate the extra sunshine. Monoprints are a way of making prints that can only be used once. For this fun home activity, visit Education at Home https://buff.ly/3gf1zbD

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, summer solstice is June 20th. People all over the world celebrate the summer solstice and have for hundreds and hundreds of years. Washington DC will have almost 15 hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset. Design a monoprint to celebrate the extra sunshine. Monoprints are a way of making prints that can only be used once. For this fun home activity, visit Education at Home https://buff.ly/3gf1zbD

Celebrate #ArtIsEverywhereMW and look up! Notice the 'art work' on the ceiling in the Drawing Room, Parlor and Saloon at...
06/12/2021

Celebrate #ArtIsEverywhereMW and look up! Notice the 'art work' on the ceiling in the Drawing Room, Parlor and Saloon at #Tudor Place. Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon (1815-1911), the second and longest owner of this #NationalHistoricLandmark, recalled the plaster work being cast in the Conservatory, then put up in the rooms by a “colored man named Collins.” It is unknown whether Collins was free or enslaved, but truly a “very, very fine workman.”

#ArtIsEverywhereMW #gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms #LartEstPartoutMW #ElArteEstáEnTodasPartesMW #ArteEmTodaParteMW #ИскусствоВездеMW
#ArteOvunqueMW #KunstIstÜberallMW #LartÉsATotArreuMW

Celebrate #ArtIsEverywhereMW and look up! Notice the 'art work' on the ceiling in the Drawing Room, Parlor and Saloon at #Tudor Place. Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon (1815-1911), the second and longest owner of this #NationalHistoricLandmark, recalled the plaster work being cast in the Conservatory, then put up in the rooms by a “colored man named Collins.” It is unknown whether Collins was free or enslaved, but truly a “very, very fine workman.”

#ArtIsEverywhereMW #gestalt #beauty #StreetArt #iLoveDesign #design #Poesie #imagination #anthropomorphisms #LartEstPartoutMW #ElArteEstáEnTodasPartesMW #ArteEmTodaParteMW #ИскусствоВездеMW
#ArteOvunqueMW #KunstIstÜberallMW #LartÉsATotArreuMW

Try your hand at creating a caption for this photo for #MuseumWeek and share it. #CaptionThisMW. Visit https://buff.ly/3...
06/11/2021

Try your hand at creating a caption for this photo for #MuseumWeek and share it. #CaptionThisMW. Visit https://buff.ly/3gm2W7j to learn a little about her.
Photo: Tudor Place Archive, A1.347

#MuseumWeek #legende #imagination #title #name #captions
#DonneUnTitreMW #TítulaLoMW #LegendeIstoMW #НазовиЭтоMW #DaiUnTitoloMW #BeschrifteDasMW #PosaliUnTitolMW

Try your hand at creating a caption for this photo for #MuseumWeek and share it. #CaptionThisMW. Visit https://buff.ly/3gm2W7j to learn a little about her.
Photo: Tudor Place Archive, A1.347

#MuseumWeek #legende #imagination #title #name #captions
#DonneUnTitreMW #TítulaLoMW #LegendeIstoMW #НазовиЭтоMW #DaiUnTitoloMW #BeschrifteDasMW #PosaliUnTitolMW

In 1824 Mary Randolph published “The Virginia Housewife,” widely accepted as the first American cookbook. Prior to this,...
06/10/2021

In 1824 Mary Randolph published “The Virginia Housewife,” widely accepted as the first American cookbook. Prior to this, British recipes dominated cooking literature in the United States. Randolph’s book exposed the world to a truly American cuisine with its Native American and African influences tasted in recipes like these for corn meal bread and sweet potato buns. #EurekaMW #MuseumWeek

Photo: Tudor Place Archive. Photo: Library of Congress.

Play a game of "I Spy" today for #MuseumWeek with this desk full of interesting objects in the North Bedroom at Tudor Pl...
06/09/2021

Play a game of "I Spy" today for #MuseumWeek with this desk full of interesting objects in the North Bedroom at Tudor Place. I spy with my little eye...comment below. #ChildrensEyesMW

#childhood #questions #surprise #YeuxDenfantsMW #LaMiradaDeLaInfanciaMW #PelosOlhosDasCriancasMW #ГлазамиРебенкаMW #ConGliOcchiDeiBambiniMW #KinderaugenMW #AmbLaMiradaDunInfantMW

Play a game of "I Spy" today for #MuseumWeek with this desk full of interesting objects in the North Bedroom at Tudor Place. I spy with my little eye...comment below. #ChildrensEyesMW

#childhood #questions #surprise #YeuxDenfantsMW #LaMiradaDeLaInfanciaMW #PelosOlhosDasCriancasMW #ГлазамиРебенкаMW #ConGliOcchiDeiBambiniMW #KinderaugenMW #AmbLaMiradaDunInfantMW

06/08/2021

June 7-13 celebrates #MuseumWeek 2021 and without the backstage, there is no show! Explore hidden treasures as if you had the privileged access to the Tudor Place attic or 'third floor' in the center block of the historic house. Access to the attic door is with a large key, upside down and turned backwards to unlock. With any upper floors of a house, heat rises. There are two built-in venting windows, one on the east side and the other on the west side of the attic. This is to allow air flow and prevent stagnant humidity. The Peter family always used as the space as storage. Know you know how to get in, there are more treasures behind the door to discover.

#MuseumWeek #BehindTheScenesMW #secret #decor #confidential #preparation #behindthescenes
#CoulissesMW #TrasBambalinasMW #NosBastidoresMW #ЗаКулисамиMW #DietroLeQuinteMW #HinterDenKulissenMW
#DarrereLesCàmeresMW

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

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Historic house and garden.

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Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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(202) 965-0400

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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:)