Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House Welcome to Dumbarton House, a 1799 Federal period historic house museum in Georgetown, DC. Dumbarton House serves as the headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.
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The mission of Dumbarton House, headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, is to support the organization’s Corporate Societies and their members, to maintain its historic museum property, and to enhance the cultural life of Washington, D.C. Through the interpretation of its historic site and collections, Dumbarton House promotes the understanding of historic preservati

The mission of Dumbarton House, headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, is to support the organization’s Corporate Societies and their members, to maintain its historic museum property, and to enhance the cultural life of Washington, D.C. Through the interpretation of its historic site and collections, Dumbarton House promotes the understanding of historic preservati

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Today is Flag Day, when we commemorate the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States! ...
06/14/2021

Today is Flag Day, when we commemorate the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States!

🇺🇸On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He said, "Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation."

🇺🇸There have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag so far; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.

Today is Flag Day, when we commemorate the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States!

🇺🇸On June 14, 1777, John Adams spoke about the flag at a meeting of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. He said, "Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation."

🇺🇸There have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag so far; stars have been added to it as states have entered the Union. The current version dates to July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state.

Happy National Children's Day! 👶 This silver rattle from 1837 has bells at the top and a coral teething stick on the bot...
06/13/2021

Happy National Children's Day! 👶 This silver rattle from 1837 has bells at the top and a coral teething stick on the bottom. A symbol of wealth and youth, coral was thought to have medicinal qualities and so was given to teething babies. Some considered it a protective amulet to ward off evil.

The early nineteenth century marked the end of parents dressing their children in swaddling clothes that restricted children's activities (designed to elongate their postures and assimilate them more quickly into adult society). Instead, parents began to accept children's limited abilities and dressed them in loose, cool, cotton clothing to provide freedom of movement.

Happy National Children's Day! 👶 This silver rattle from 1837 has bells at the top and a coral teething stick on the bottom. A symbol of wealth and youth, coral was thought to have medicinal qualities and so was given to teething babies. Some considered it a protective amulet to ward off evil.

The early nineteenth century marked the end of parents dressing their children in swaddling clothes that restricted children's activities (designed to elongate their postures and assimilate them more quickly into adult society). Instead, parents began to accept children's limited abilities and dressed them in loose, cool, cotton clothing to provide freedom of movement.

In two weeks, join us for the first lecture in our Historic House Museums Respond to Crisis series! 📅 First up is Sarah ...
06/11/2021

In two weeks, join us for the first lecture in our Historic House Museums Respond to Crisis series!

📅 First up is Sarah Sutton, who on June 24 will share how historic house museums can manage environmental and climate impacts and help communities become sustainable and resilient.

📅 Next up is Katherine Malone-France on July 8, who will share how historic sites, legacy businesses, and preservation organizations have responded and evolved during this unprecedented period and discuss how we carry forward lessons learned to strengthen our cultural and economic infrastructure through historic preservation.

📅 Third is J. Grahame Long who will share on July 22 how modern materials within the Nathaniel Russell house’s kitchen and quarters have been peeled back, a process that revealed original construction and new data once thought lost about the enslaved who once toiled there.

🔗 Register and read about the next three speakers at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse!

In two weeks, join us for the first lecture in our Historic House Museums Respond to Crisis series!

📅 First up is Sarah Sutton, who on June 24 will share how historic house museums can manage environmental and climate impacts and help communities become sustainable and resilient.

📅 Next up is Katherine Malone-France on July 8, who will share how historic sites, legacy businesses, and preservation organizations have responded and evolved during this unprecedented period and discuss how we carry forward lessons learned to strengthen our cultural and economic infrastructure through historic preservation.

📅 Third is J. Grahame Long who will share on July 22 how modern materials within the Nathaniel Russell house’s kitchen and quarters have been peeled back, a process that revealed original construction and new data once thought lost about the enslaved who once toiled there.

🔗 Register and read about the next three speakers at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse!

Happy National Herbs and Spices Day! At Dumbarton House, we have an herb garden with dozens of plants, herbs, and flower...
06/10/2021

Happy National Herbs and Spices Day! At Dumbarton House, we have an herb garden with dozens of plants, herbs, and flowers which in the 18th and 19th centuries were used in everything from herbal teas to sweet smelling potpourri.

Enslaved and free labor were integral to the maintenance of gardens like this one and the preparation of herbs and spices for cooking and other uses.

🌸Bee balm was used by Early Americans to make a tea to treat colic, fever, and colds.
🌱Chives add a delicious onion flavor to dishes.
🌺Evening primrose has been known for hundreds of years as the “King’s Cure All” for it’s reputed ability to promote healing of skin diseases and flesh wounds.
🌿Germander was used to reduce fevers, rheumatism, and gout.

Visit https://dumbartonhouse.org/about/grounds-at-dumbarton/ to learn more about what's growing!

Happy National Herbs and Spices Day! At Dumbarton House, we have an herb garden with dozens of plants, herbs, and flowers which in the 18th and 19th centuries were used in everything from herbal teas to sweet smelling potpourri.

Enslaved and free labor were integral to the maintenance of gardens like this one and the preparation of herbs and spices for cooking and other uses.

🌸Bee balm was used by Early Americans to make a tea to treat colic, fever, and colds.
🌱Chives add a delicious onion flavor to dishes.
🌺Evening primrose has been known for hundreds of years as the “King’s Cure All” for it’s reputed ability to promote healing of skin diseases and flesh wounds.
🌿Germander was used to reduce fevers, rheumatism, and gout.

Visit https://dumbartonhouse.org/about/grounds-at-dumbarton/ to learn more about what's growing!

Backdrop goals! Love this summer place setting for a #WeddingWednesday! Is our site the perfect setting for your special...
06/09/2021

Backdrop goals! Love this summer place setting for a #WeddingWednesday!

Is our site the perfect setting for your special event? Request a site visit by emailing [email protected].

Repost from Cherry Blossom Weddings & Events

Backdrop goals! Love this summer place setting for a #WeddingWednesday!

Is our site the perfect setting for your special event? Request a site visit by emailing [email protected].

Repost from Cherry Blossom Weddings & Events

Our new exterior signs have been installed! Come enjoy a picnic, surprise coworkers with a real Zoom background (we have...
06/08/2021

Our new exterior signs have been installed! Come enjoy a picnic, surprise coworkers with a real Zoom background (we have free WiFi on our grounds), or walk the dog and learn about the Nourse family, the laborers who worked the 8.5 acre farm, and the enduring legacy of the NSCDA.

After a year of unanticipated closures and restrictions, we are thrilled to be able to offer this outdoor interpretation for any visitor who may be stopping by as well as install much needed wayfinding signs for those visiting for a meeting, program, to visit the museum, or any other reason!

Thank you to Quatrefoil Associates for design and Institute of Museum and Library Services for funding!

Wow your awesome enthusiasm has crashed our website! Visit the updated link at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse to get your tick...
06/07/2021

Wow your awesome enthusiasm has crashed our website! Visit the updated link at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse to get your tickets!

Edit: the Jane Austen Film Festival has sold out! We will have a limited number of walk up tickets available at each showing on a first come, first served basis.

Wow your awesome enthusiasm has crashed our website! Visit the updated link at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse to get your tickets!

Edit: the Jane Austen Film Festival has sold out! We will have a limited number of walk up tickets available at each showing on a first come, first served basis.

During the past year, Girl Scouts from around the country have earned their Social Butterfly and Making Friends badges w...
06/07/2021

During the past year, Girl Scouts from around the country have earned their Social Butterfly and Making Friends badges with us during our At Ease with Etiquette virtual workshop.

We have one more workshop scheduled this year, for 11am EST on June 12. Join us to learn about George Washington's Rules of Civility, the parties that could have taken place at Dumbarton House, and how to hold your own tea party! Register for only $10 at bit.ly/GSatDH20.

During the past year, Girl Scouts from around the country have earned their Social Butterfly and Making Friends badges with us during our At Ease with Etiquette virtual workshop.

We have one more workshop scheduled this year, for 11am EST on June 12. Join us to learn about George Washington's Rules of Civility, the parties that could have taken place at Dumbarton House, and how to hold your own tea party! Register for only $10 at bit.ly/GSatDH20.

Virtual Walk Weekend is here! This year, we invite you to explore our neighborhoods and museums at your own pace using o...
06/05/2021

Virtual Walk Weekend is here! This year, we invite you to explore our neighborhoods and museums at your own pace using our curated guide at bit.ly/DKMC2021 on your phone or computer.

Share your pictures with us as your explore by using the hashtag #WalkDKMC!

Please note that each museum is responsible for managing in-person, indoor visits and may require advance tickets, face coverings, and social distancing. If you would like to enter any museum on your walking tour, please check out their website for hours of operation, ticketing, and safety information.

Virtual Walk Weekend is here! This year, we invite you to explore our neighborhoods and museums at your own pace using our curated guide at bit.ly/DKMC2021 on your phone or computer.

Share your pictures with us as your explore by using the hashtag #WalkDKMC!

Please note that each museum is responsible for managing in-person, indoor visits and may require advance tickets, face coverings, and social distancing. If you would like to enter any museum on your walking tour, please check out their website for hours of operation, ticketing, and safety information.

We are thrilled to announce that Carol Cadou has accepted the position of Executive Director NSCDA and National Headquar...
06/04/2021

We are thrilled to announce that Carol Cadou has accepted the position of Executive Director NSCDA and National Headquarters Dumbarton House.

To read the full press release, visit: https://nscda.org/the-national-society-of-the-colonial-dames-of-america-announces-new-executive-director/

Photo by Maria DeForrest, Courtesy of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

We are thrilled to announce that Carol Cadou has accepted the position of Executive Director NSCDA and National Headquarters Dumbarton House.

To read the full press release, visit: https://nscda.org/the-national-society-of-the-colonial-dames-of-america-announces-new-executive-director/

Photo by Maria DeForrest, Courtesy of Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

Our series Historic House Museums Respond to Crisis begins in just three weeks!In 6 sessions, hear about the exciting in...
06/03/2021

Our series Historic House Museums Respond to Crisis begins in just three weeks!

In 6 sessions, hear about the exciting initiatives historic house museums are taking to combat climate change, survive the pandemic, and respond to calls for social justice and equity, including special behind-the-scenes looks at the discoveries being made at the Nathanial Russell House and the plans being made for the yet-to-open Nina Simone Childhood Home! Check out all the images for more details and register at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse!

This free, virtual series is funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Don't forget, our Sunday Serenity Yoga series begins THIS WEEKEND on June 6! 🥳 With alternating virtual and in-person se...
06/02/2021

Don't forget, our Sunday Serenity Yoga series begins THIS WEEKEND on June 6! 🥳 With alternating virtual and in-person sessions, you can participate from wherever you are. Classes are suited for all levels, so break out that yoga mat or towel and stretch with us!

Reserve your space now at the link in bio and consider making a donation to our hardworking instructors.

Don't forget, our Sunday Serenity Yoga series begins THIS WEEKEND on June 6! 🥳 With alternating virtual and in-person sessions, you can participate from wherever you are. Classes are suited for all levels, so break out that yoga mat or towel and stretch with us!

Reserve your space now at the link in bio and consider making a donation to our hardworking instructors.

Happy June! We are thrilled to announce that our Jane Austen Film Festival is returning in person for its 10th year this...
06/01/2021

Happy June! We are thrilled to announce that our Jane Austen Film Festival is returning in person for its 10th year this July and tickets are going on sale on Monday, June 7 at noon! This year we are keeping things a little smaller than usual (although the screen will be as big as always!), so set your reminder now to get tickets!

This year, our lineup includes the *new* (because did 2020 even happen?) Emma movie starring Anya Taylor-Joy.

​Emma © TSI/Amazon Studios
Sense and Sensibility © Columbia Pictures
Love and Friendship Universal Pictures - © Universal City Studios, Inc.
Pride and Prejudice Universal Pictures - © Universal City Studios, Inc.

This Memorial Day we thank all the men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate for our country 🇺🇸
05/31/2021

This Memorial Day we thank all the men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate for our country 🇺🇸

This Memorial Day we thank all the men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate for our country 🇺🇸

Looking for Friday night plans? Plan ahead for next week by signing up for our outdoor trivia event on June 4! Get your ...
05/28/2021
Trivia in the Garden – Dumbarton House

Looking for Friday night plans? Plan ahead for next week by signing up for our outdoor trivia event on June 4! Get your friends together and compete to answer questions on plants, animals, political history, geography, and music - first place winners get a special prize! Tickets are available at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse.

Please bring your own blanket or lawn chair for seating. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.

Image: pre-pandemic event on our grounds.

Trivia in the Garden Join Dumbarton House for an outdoor trivia night on the grounds of the museum! Topics will include DC History, Geography, Movies, Plants and Animals, and Political History. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Teams are limited to 6 people and attendees must provid...

Do you recognize Dumbarton House in this photo? This is from the 1991 construction of the Belle Vue Room and East Park. ...
05/27/2021

Do you recognize Dumbarton House in this photo? This is from the 1991 construction of the Belle Vue Room and East Park. Learn about the historic architecture and how the building and landscape around the house has changed over the last 200 years in a special exterior tour on Sunday, June 6 at 1pm!

🔗Get your tickets at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse.

Do you recognize Dumbarton House in this photo? This is from the 1991 construction of the Belle Vue Room and East Park. Learn about the historic architecture and how the building and landscape around the house has changed over the last 200 years in a special exterior tour on Sunday, June 6 at 1pm!

🔗Get your tickets at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse.

We’re here to spread some joy this #WeddingWednesday! Book a site visit to see if our grounds are the hidden gem you’ve ...
05/26/2021

We’re here to spread some joy this #WeddingWednesday! Book a site visit to see if our grounds are the hidden gem you’ve been looking for by visiting dumbartonhouse.org/book/.

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K & C tied the knot in a hidden garden tucked away in Georgetown. Just the two love birds and their immediate families attended in person but the maid of honor made sure a zoom was up and running for all their friends near and far!

Did you know Dumbarton House is part of a group called DKMC? It stands for the Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium, which...
05/25/2021

Did you know Dumbarton House is part of a group called DKMC? It stands for the Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium, which was founded in 1983 to help promote Washington DC museums located off of the National Mall. Sometimes people need a little help remembering that the city is full of great museums!

Our group includes the American Revolution Institute (Anderson House), The Phillips Collection, the Woodrow Wilson House, and the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

Each June we host a FREE Museum Walk Weekend at the beginning of the month. This year, due to the fact that some of us are still closed or operating under limited capacity, we encourage you to explore the neighborhood with a self-paced walking tour instead this year and reserve tickets for those museums or programs that are taking place. Stay tuned for more information!

Did you know Dumbarton House is part of a group called DKMC? It stands for the Dupont Kalorama Museums Consortium, which was founded in 1983 to help promote Washington DC museums located off of the National Mall. Sometimes people need a little help remembering that the city is full of great museums!

Our group includes the American Revolution Institute (Anderson House), The Phillips Collection, the Woodrow Wilson House, and the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

Each June we host a FREE Museum Walk Weekend at the beginning of the month. This year, due to the fact that some of us are still closed or operating under limited capacity, we encourage you to explore the neighborhood with a self-paced walking tour instead this year and reserve tickets for those museums or programs that are taking place. Stay tuned for more information!

It's almost June, which means it's almost time for Sunday Serenity Yoga! Returning for the seventh year in a row, this s...
05/24/2021

It's almost June, which means it's almost time for Sunday Serenity Yoga! Returning for the seventh year in a row, this summer we will be offering both virtual and in-person yoga classes on alternating Sundays.

As always, the program is donation-based, so please consider making a donation to support our hardworking instructors and programs like these.

Register and learn more at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse!

It's almost June, which means it's almost time for Sunday Serenity Yoga! Returning for the seventh year in a row, this summer we will be offering both virtual and in-person yoga classes on alternating Sundays.

As always, the program is donation-based, so please consider making a donation to support our hardworking instructors and programs like these.

Register and learn more at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse!

Address

2715 Q St NW
Washington D.C., DC
20007-3071

Metrorail: Red Line, DuPont Circle’s Q Street exit. Metrobus: D-1, D-2, D-3, D-6 to 27th Street stop. DC Circulator’s Georgetown connection, 30th Street, NW stop.

General information

Due to the ever-evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 virus and in an effort to help cut potential community exposure Dumbarton House Museum will be closed March 14 through March 30. We will continue to monitor the situation and make further evaluations regarding additional closures as we get closer to March 30. It is important to us as a member of the community to ensure we are doing everything possible to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. While we are closed the museum staff will conduct a thorough deep clean of the museum in preparation for reopening. Please keep in touch with us through our website and social media platforms for all updates. Our offices are open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Dumbarton House staff will be working remotely from March 16th onward. Staff will be accessible through email and phone.

Opening Hours

Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00
Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(202) 337-2288

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Dumbarton House is now in the DC Afternoon Tea Directory from Destination Tea (www.destinationtea.com/dc)! #DCAfternoonTea
For your Pride & Prejudice movie event can you tell us which version please
Thank you Bonnie Walsh-Ward! https://www.facebook.com/historicgunstonhall/
Hi - I signed up for your Cross Stitch in Quarantine event tomorrow, but I can't find a link for the event. Should I have received an email with the link to participate?
My name is Chad Word and I am a family researcher trying to locate a copy of the Amos Farra Bible. I live near Atlanta Georgia and am helping my wife and children locate a copy of this Bible as it belonged to my children's 7Great Grandfather who was a wheelwright in the Revolutionary War in Pennsylvania. He later moved and settled in Nicholasville, near Catnip road in Jessamine Co., KY. On one of our trip to Lexington, I went to the Woodford County Historical Society and found a hand written note in the HAMON vertical file that said that Jesse Oliver VanMeter Jr. had a copy of Amos Farra's Bible. So I am trying to find people related to JOVJr. He had two siblings, Anna Rebekah and Francis which have both passed away. I found this obituary on Rebekah on Find A Grave...ANNA REBEKAH VANMETER, daughter of the late Jesse Oliver VanMeter and Frances Willis VanMeter, died Thurs. July 28, 2005 after a long illness. She was born in Meridian, MS on October 28, 1914. She moved to Jackson, KY, where her father accepted a faculty position and later become President of Lee's College. She attended the University of Kentucky and the University of Illinois where she received a BA in Fine Arts. She continued her education at Smith College in Boston where she received a Master's Degree in 1941 in Landscape Architecture. She was a member of the Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Kappa, Kappa Gamma Sorority and the Colonial Dames. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis VanMeter and Jesse Oliver VanMeter, Jr., M.D. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, and cousins. A graveside service will be held 11 am Sat. at Pisgah Cemetery in Versailles by Rev. Lee Clements. Pallbearers will be W. Scott VanMeter, M.D., D. Martin VanMeter, David J. VanMeter, Woodford S. VanMeter, M.D., James C. VanMeter, James H. Farra, James A. Campbell, and William M. "Mac" Reid. Visitation will be held at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg Rd. from 9:30 - 10:30 am Sat. with the graveside service to immediately follow. The family requests contributions be made to K.E.T., 600 Cooper Dr., Lexington, KY 40502, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225, or the American Cancer Society, 160 Moore Drive, Suite 110, Lex., KY 40503. Guestbook at Legacy.com Since she was a member of NSCDA, would it be possible to search through her files to see if she submitted that Amos Farra Bible in her applications?
Hi! my 3rd great grandparents Charles Carroll of Bellevue 1767-1823 and wife Ann Sprigg Carroll 1769-1837 once owned this house.Daniel Carroll of Duddington 1707-1734 and wife Ann Rozier 1711-1764 were my 5th great grandparents .Charles Carroll of Bellevue and his grandmother Ann Rozier portraits are at Dumbarton House.