Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House Welcome to Dumbarton House, a 1799 Federal period historic house museum in Georgetown, DC. Dumbarton
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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

on and of the early history of our nation, so that the lives and ideals of early Americans inspire present and future generations.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 12, Dumbarton House Museum and Gardens will be closed to the public for the remainder of the wint...
01/08/2024

Beginning Friday, Jan. 12, Dumbarton House Museum and Gardens will be closed to the public for the remainder of the winter season. The museum grounds, including our East Park, will be closed during this time.

Tours and event rental walkthroughs may still be arranged for the closure duration by contacting our staff. Contact information can be found at DumbartonHouse.org.

We hope you have a warm winter and look forward to welcoming you back to the property in the spring!

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.This Christmas, we're thankful for YOU! Thank you for your support and communit...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

This Christmas, we're thankful for YOU! Thank you for your support and community throughout the year. We look forward to welcoming you back to Dumbarton House in 2024 for more programs, new interpretation, and more!

Say goodbye to the vibrant green wallpaper in Dumbarton House's dining room! Our curatorial staff are using Dumbarton Ho...
12/19/2023

Say goodbye to the vibrant green wallpaper in Dumbarton House's dining room! Our curatorial staff are using Dumbarton House's winter hiatus to reinterpret this space in a period-correct manner.

Stay tuned to see the transformation of the room in the coming weeks!

Photo: Dining Room at Dumbarton House, photo by Jennifer Heffner, East 27 Creative

Today is the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which played a pivotal role in intensifying colonial support for...
12/16/2023

Today is the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which played a pivotal role in intensifying colonial support for the American Revolution. On December 16, 1773, members of the Sons of Liberty movement disguised themselves as Native Americans and destroyed a shipment of tea in Boston Harbor. The protest was a response to the Tea Act, which colonists believed violated their right of "no taxation without representation."

Image: N. Currier. Destruction of tea at Boston Harbor. [New York: N. Currier] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, .

Happy Hanukkahs! We wish you peace and light from all of us at Dumbarton House this holiday season.
12/08/2023

Happy Hanukkahs! We wish you peace and light from all of us at Dumbarton House this holiday season.

Don't miss out! This Sunday is the last chance to visit Dumbarton House's restored period rooms before the museum goes i...
12/07/2023

Don't miss out! This Sunday is the last chance to visit Dumbarton House's restored period rooms before the museum goes into hibernation for the winter.

The museum will be open 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday. We look forward to seeing you there!

We want to be on your wish list this holiday season!While you're holiday planning, be sure to add Dumbarton House to you...
12/05/2023

We want to be on your wish list this holiday season!

While you're holiday planning, be sure to add Dumbarton House to your itinerary; open Friday-Sunday. Don't wait, Dumbarton House will go into hibernation during the holiday season as we continue to make improvements to our offerings!

Happy Thanksgiving!This year, we're thankful for the care and generosity of everyone in our Dumbarton House community. W...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, we're thankful for the care and generosity of everyone in our Dumbarton House community. Whether you are a member, volunteer, patron or neighbor, we thank you for being a part of our family!

Dumbarton House will remain closed until Monday, Nov. 27 as our staff take time to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Dumbarton House Museum and the NSCDA offices will be closed for maintenance and in celebration of the Thanksgiving holid...
11/21/2023

Dumbarton House Museum and the NSCDA offices will be closed for maintenance and in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday beginning today, Nov. 21, until Monday, Nov. 27.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Dumbarton House next week following the holiday weekend!

Join us TODAY from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for our annual Maker's Market!Local artisans are taking over the museum ground...
11/18/2023

Join us TODAY from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for our annual Maker's Market!

Local artisans are taking over the museum grounds, so you can get your holiday shopping in early!

This event is free to the public and does not require a ticket, so stop by and experience the event for yourself!

  in 1800, Congress met in Washington, D.C., for the first time. Although the building was not yet complete, Congress me...
11/17/2023

in 1800, Congress met in Washington, D.C., for the first time. Although the building was not yet complete, Congress met in the newly finished north wing of the Capitol.

Fun fact: the young United States had nine capitals between 1776 and 1800: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lancaster, York, Princeton, Annapolis, Trenton and New York, before finally making Washington, D.C. the permanent capital.

Image: Architect of the Capitol

Here's your reminder that this Saturday is our Fall Maker's Market! Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support loca...
11/13/2023

Here's your reminder that this Saturday is our Fall Maker's Market!

Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support local businesses throughout the Dumbarton House grounds selling handmade goods, locally sourced items, art, stationery, home goods & more. The Market will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with LOADS of exciting items to choose from. Come by and see!

We'll be sharing the shops that will be there in our stories, so keep an eye out!

Here's your reminder that this Saturday is our Fall Maker's Market! Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support loca...
11/13/2023

Here's your reminder that this Saturday is our Fall Maker's Market! Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support local businesses throughout the Dumbarton House grounds selling handmade goods, locally sourced items, art, stationery, home goods & more!! The Market will be open from 10 am to 3 pm, and is sure to be a great day with LOADS of exciting items to choose from! Come stop by and see! Also, we'll be sharing the shops that will be there in our stories, so keep an eye out!

Join Dumbarton House in celebration of Veterans Day and thank those who served in our nation's armed forces. Please note...
11/10/2023

Join Dumbarton House in celebration of Veterans Day and thank those who served in our nation's armed forces.

Please note that our offices will be closed today (11/10) and tomorrow (11/11) in observance of the holiday. The museum will be open at regular times - Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.

As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day this Saturday, we highlight the commitment of our NSCDA and Dumbarton House fami...
11/09/2023

As we prepare to celebrate Veterans Day this Saturday, we highlight the commitment of our NSCDA and Dumbarton House family to honoring the legacy of America's veterans.

Specialist Rosendo Montana was killed in action in 1970 during the Vietnam War. A loving father and devoted patriot, Specialist Montana earned many awards for his conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star.

His son Rolando, Dumbarton House's Facilities Manager, keeps his memory alive through active participation in veterans support organizations, including SDIT (Sons and Daughters in Touch), VVMF (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund), and Mission POW/MIA.

Join us this Saturday to remember Specialist Montana and every American veteran.

Here's your reminder- Friday Morning Music Club's first performance of the season at Dumbarton House is tomorrow! Come l...
11/08/2023

Here's your reminder- Friday Morning Music Club's first performance of the season at Dumbarton House is tomorrow!

Come listen to live classical music concerts performed by the Friday Morning Music Club, a community of music lovers and musicians promoting classical music in the Washington area for over 130 years. This performance is free, and seats are first-come, first-served.

Friday Morning Music Club returns to Dumbarton House this season! Enjoy their first performance this Thursday, November ...
11/04/2023

Friday Morning Music Club returns to Dumbarton House this season! Enjoy their first performance this Thursday, November 6th at 7:00! Experience music that would have been listened to in the Federal Period at this free event! For more information, visit the link in our bio.

Dumbarton House's annual Fall Makers Market! Join us Nov. 18 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for your opportunity to get a jum...
11/03/2023

Dumbarton House's annual Fall Makers Market! Join us Nov. 18 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for your opportunity to get a jump start on all your holiday shopping while supporting small, local businesses from around the area.

Follow along during the lead-up to the market to hear more about the vendors in attendance!

November is Native American Heritage Month. Several Native Peoples called the area now known as Washington home prior to...
11/01/2023

November is Native American Heritage Month. Several Native Peoples called the area now known as Washington home prior to the arrival of European colonists, including the Piscataway, Pamunkey, Nentego (Nanichoke), Mattaponi, Chickahominy, Monacan and Powhatan cultures.

The Nacotchtank village (where the name Anacostia comes from) was the largest of three Native American villages located in the Washington area and a significant trading center. Nameroughquena was a village on the Potomac’s west bank in present-day Arlington, VA and Tohogae was where Georgetown now sits. This image shows a map drawn by John Smith in 1606 of the Chesapeake Bay and depicts a Native American man in the corner.

Image: John Smith's Map of the Chesapeake Bay, 1606. Image courtesy of The Library of Congress

Happy Halloween from all of us at Dumbarton House!
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween from all of us at Dumbarton House!

Today is Visit a Cemetery Day! Did you know that Dumbarton House is right next to several cemeteries? The Mt. Zion and F...
10/30/2023

Today is Visit a Cemetery Day! Did you know that Dumbarton House is right next to several cemeteries?

The Mt. Zion and Female Union Band Society cemeteries were active from 1808 until the 1950s. These cemeteries served members of neighborhood Methodist congregations, primarily those of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, the oldest Black congregation in DC.

The Female Union Band Society provided monetary relief for Black and Native American women when they were sick and ensured they received a proper burial in death. Today, Black Georgetown Foundation, Inc. preserves these graves and the legacy of those buried there.

We don't just do research in our own archives - sometimes, we go to other archives to search through their resources to ...
10/27/2023

We don't just do research in our own archives - sometimes, we go to other archives to search through their resources to help our research! For example, this summer, our Curatorial and Collections Assistant, Abby, went to The Library of Congress to research photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston's images of Dumbarton House!

Swipe to see two of the original photos Abby researched during her time at the Library of Congress!

Image credit: Library of Congress

Happy National Pumpkin Day! Last week, we had a blast with pumpkins at our annual Halloween-themed Dumbarton at Dusk pro...
10/26/2023

Happy National Pumpkin Day! Last week, we had a blast with pumpkins at our annual Halloween-themed Dumbarton at Dusk program! Here are some of the pumpkin highlights of the evening!

Are you carving any pumpkins this season? Show us in the comments below!

On Oct. 23, 1928, Dumbarton House was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. Founded in 189...
10/24/2023

On Oct. 23, 1928, Dumbarton House was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. Founded in 1891, the national women's organization had raised money to preserve several historic properties but had no national headquarters. In 1927, they resolved to purchase a historic house in Washington to serve as a museum, repository for Society archives, and headquarters​.

The NSCDA bought a Federal period home in Georgetown, known as Belle Vue, and renamed it Dumbarton House after the historic name for the neighborhood. The NSCDA restored the house to its Federal appearance and opened it as a museum to the public in 1932.

Want to hear some of Georgetown's creepiest stories this Halloween season? Join DC tour guide Dwane Starlin Oct. 21-22 f...
10/14/2023

Want to hear some of Georgetown's creepiest stories this Halloween season?

Join DC tour guide Dwane Starlin Oct. 21-22 for an evening out on the spooky streets of Georgetown! This walking tour covers the scariest history of Georgetown between the Old Stone House and the Exorcist Stairs. Are you in for a scare? Sign up for the walking tour at DumbartonHouse.org or via our link in bio!

Did you know that October is Archives Month? At Dumbarton House, we hold the archives for the museum and The National So...
10/13/2023

Did you know that October is Archives Month? At Dumbarton House, we hold the archives for the museum and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. That means these boxes of paper hold important records about life in early Washington, as well as meeting minutes and other documents about the organizational history of the NSCDA. Luckily, these moving shelves mean we have lots of space to keep all that material!

Keep an eye out over this month as we highlight different works and artifacts from the archives!

Here's your reminder to join us in one week for October's Dumbarton at Dusk, happening October 19 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Ou...
10/12/2023

Here's your reminder to join us in one week for October's Dumbarton at Dusk, happening October 19 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Our annual fall festival features live music from local musicians, free food and candy, chinoiserie pumpkin decorating, and carving.

Learn more about Dumbarton at Dusk and our other Fall programs at DumbartonHouse.org!

Unfortunately, due to unexpected circumstances, Dumbarton  House will be closed todayOctober 7, 2023. Please come visit ...
10/07/2023

Unfortunately, due to unexpected circumstances, Dumbarton House will be closed today
October 7, 2023. Please come visit us again tomorrow!

What does the fortune teller see in your future? Pumpkins, snacks, drinks, music, and activities! Join us on October 19t...
10/05/2023

What does the fortune teller see in your future? Pumpkins, snacks, drinks, music, and activities! Join us on October 19th from 5:30-8:00 for our Dumbarton at Dusk: Fall Festival! The event is free, but we encourage registering online. For $5, you can add to the fun with pumpkin carving. We hope to see you there!

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

Opening Hours

Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Sunday 10am - 3pm

Telephone

(202) 337-2288

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