Dumbarton House, NSCDA Museum & Headquarters

Dumbarton House, NSCDA Museum & Headquarters 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 preservation and of the early history of our nation, so that the lives and ideals of early Americans inspire present and future generations.

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Looking for ways to give back this holiday season? Make us your preferred charity on Amazon Smile in time for Cyber Mond...
11/29/2020

Looking for ways to give back this holiday season? Make us your preferred charity on Amazon Smile in time for Cyber Monday! Just go to smile.Amazon.com and select “The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America” from the list of charities. Shop away and when you check out .5% of the price of your purchase will support our work as a historic house museum with no additional cost to yourself!

Still searching for that elusive gift for Dad? Trying to find something your sister doesn't already have? This weekend i...
11/27/2020

Still searching for that elusive gift for Dad? Trying to find something your sister doesn't already have? This weekend is #MuseumStoreSunday, so get 10% off our online gift shop by entering the code "MuseumSunday2020"! https://dumbarton-house.mybigcommerce.com/

We have new merchandise that's guaranteed to please everyone, from candles that will transport you to another time and place to water bottles that will be the envy of every future Zoom meeting - and they're all sourced from local DC businesses!

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful to all our wonderful visitors, members, volunteers, and donors for your support. ...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful to all our wonderful visitors, members, volunteers, and donors for your support. We could not preserve this beautiful, historic site without you all. We are open this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, get timed tickets and stop by to check out the new exhibits and gift shop merchandise or just say hi!

Please get timed tickets at linktre.ee/dumbartonhouse! Capacity is limited to 10 people at a time and COVID safety precautions enforced.

11/24/2020
Friday Morning Music Club

Check out the Friday Morning Music Club’s latest concert while cooking Thanksgiving dinner! Airing today, the video will be available for two weeks. See links below!

Since this is a short week due to Thanksgiving, we're celebrating with everyone by airing our next Virtual Chamber Concert on Tuesday this week! We hope you will join us for this afternoon's concert filmed at Dumbarton House, NSCDA Museum & Headquarters. We are so grateful to them for letting us record there with our strict distancing policies in place. The concert will premiere at 12pm, but the concert will be available for two weeks after that.

Today's concert is particularly special as it features the four wonderful winners of our 2020 High School Strings Competition. These young musicians are incredibly talented and we hope you will enjoy the wide variety of repertoire they present from J.S. Bach to Max Reger to George Crumb to Niccolò Paganini. Special thanks to them for their participation and artistry!

To see the full program: bit.ly/3lZf8wh
To watch on YouTube: youtu.be/4Zosgxpjwbg
To learn about the project: bit.ly/2S3AA6f
To donate: fmmc.org/donate

Looking for activities to fill the long holiday weekend? Bring your family to the museum! We're open Friday through Sund...
11/24/2020

Looking for activities to fill the long holiday weekend? Bring your family to the museum! We're open Friday through Sunday with timed tickets. Students and children are always free, and adults are just $10. Be transported to 1804 with our colorful wallpaper and learn more about life in the past through our exhibit on popular Federal period beverages, "Pick Your Poison" (yes, children drank beer!)

Please get timed tickets at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse! Capacity limited to ten people at a time and COVID safety precautions enforced.

#GivingTuesday is December 1 this year - next week if you can believe it! This international day of philanthropy reminds...
11/23/2020

#GivingTuesday is December 1 this year - next week if you can believe it! This international day of philanthropy reminds us how grateful we are for our supporters like you. With your help this year, Dumbarton House can continue to instill an understanding and appreciation of history in our virtual visitors and in person visitors with new exhibitions, online programs and well-kept grounds. Keep an eye out for our post on December 1 to join us in supporting our programs and exhibits with a donation!

Gather your hot cocoa and cookies and join Santa on Zoom on December 6 or December 12 for storytime, games, and fun! San...
11/20/2020

Gather your hot cocoa and cookies and join Santa on Zoom on December 6 or December 12 for storytime, games, and fun! Santa will send a personalized activity packet, including a signed photo, to each kid who joins us.

Each 30 minute time slot will be limited to 10 tickets to ensure everyone gets to talk with Santa. Tickets at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse.

We've had a great time hosting DCPS students for our virtual Parthenon to Portico and Capital Quest programs! These high...
11/19/2020

We've had a great time hosting DCPS students for our virtual Parthenon to Portico and Capital Quest programs! These highly interactive one hour tours include close-looking activities using our 3D house tour and dialogue. They are supplemented by an activity guide that can be completed on the class' own time. Register at bit.ly/DHclass20.

Unable to join us for a live program? We have recorded programs and other activities at dumbartonhouse.org/education.

Photo from 2019

Erika and Billy celebrated their love with us exactly a month ago in a lovely fall microwedding. The only contagious thi...
11/18/2020

Erika and Billy celebrated their love with us exactly a month ago in a lovely fall microwedding. The only contagious thing was their happiness! Check out more of their photos at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3514552491947325&type=3

Book our site for your own safe celebration at dumbartonhouse.org/rates-fees. #WeddingWednesday

Repost Marlayna Photography

Thank you so much to everyone who came out and patiently waited to enjoy our Maker's Market on Saturday! It was a great ...
11/17/2020

Thank you so much to everyone who came out and patiently waited to enjoy our Maker's Market on Saturday! It was a great success, with over 500 people attending and following all COVID-19 safety restrictions. What a perfect fall day!

We're loving the warm fall colors of autumn all around our property. The brisk air is just perfect for a slow morning wa...
11/16/2020

We're loving the warm fall colors of autumn all around our property. The brisk air is just perfect for a slow morning walk. Check out some examples of the vibrancy on our grounds below!

During this season in the 1800s, families would make sure their larders were stocked full of root vegetables, jams, jellies, and smoked meat for the long winter. What is your favorite food to eat when it's cold outside?

Calling all Downton Abbey fans! Look familiar? Hebe (the Goddess of Youth) was a remarkably popular subject in European ...
11/13/2020

Calling all Downton Abbey fans! Look familiar?

Hebe (the Goddess of Youth) was a remarkably popular subject in European and American art from about 1750 to 1880. Many portraits depicted ladies as Hebe, shown in a flowing white dress, some flowers in the hair and a cup to hold, often with an eagle in the background.

Right: Downton Abbey fans may remember a portrait of "Mrs Musters as Hebe" (1782) hung on the stairs. The Crawleys pass it frequently; Lady Mary poses in front of the portrait on her wedding day.

Left: We have a print of Hebe feeding an eagle in our Parlor (meant as an allegory about youthful America).

Queen of France Marie Antoinette (1755-1793) was also painted as Hebe. Read more at bit.ly/DowntonHebe

Today we consider the contributions of our veterans and active military and express our gratitude for their sacrifice. J...
11/11/2020

Today we consider the contributions of our veterans and active military and express our gratitude for their sacrifice.

Joseph Nourse, who lived here in this house from 1804-1813, immigrated to the US at the age of 15 in 1769. Just a few years later, he was serving in the Revolutionary War in support of the new American nation. His son Charles Nourse would follow in his footsteps and serve in the War of 1812, sometimes referred to as the "second war for American Independence." #VeteransDay

Get outside this Saturday, November 14, for our second Annual Maker's Market from 10am-3pm! Enjoy the fall foliage and s...
11/10/2020

Get outside this Saturday, November 14, for our second Annual Maker's Market from 10am-3pm! Enjoy the fall foliage and shop for holiday gifts from nine different vendors. Our Cardamom Apple candles are perfect for fall. Pair a candle with some Colonial Bohea tea and honey and you have all the ingredients for a perfectly cozy fall afternoon!

Check back each day for a new vendor highlight in our Facebook and Instagram stories!

Did you know that the Kennedy family has a rich history in Georgetown? Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Profes...
11/09/2020

Did you know that the Kennedy family has a rich history in Georgetown? Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, on November 22 from 12-1pm for a virtual tour of Georgetown. See neighborhood spots frequented by President Kennedy and Jackie during their years in Washington, including where the couple became engaged, their Georgetown home, and where Jackie stayed after JFK’s assassination in 1963. Tickets at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse

📷 John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Georgetown, 1954.
The Lowenherz Collection of Kennedy Photographs, Friedheim Library and Archives, The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

Need a little pick-me-up as a reward for turning your camera on for the first Zoom meeting of the week? Getting nervous ...
11/07/2020

Need a little pick-me-up as a reward for turning your camera on for the first Zoom meeting of the week? Getting nervous about getting gifts for the holidays? Want to support local DC businesses? Check out our online gift shop! NEW in stock are waterbottles, candles, and cards made by local, women-owned businesses! https://dumbarton-house.mybigcommerce.com/dumbarton-house-items/

Cozy up with us to celebrate the delights of fall on November 21, when we shall be indulging in a virtual fancy tea part...
11/06/2020

Cozy up with us to celebrate the delights of fall on November 21, when we shall be indulging in a virtual fancy tea party from 1pm to 3pm. Tickets at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse

We will make tea sandwiches and cookies together (each from our own homes) and then sit down and enjoy. Following tea, we will make a lovely fall craft to decorate your home. In the midst of the pandemic, it is hard to make new friends and enjoy spontaneous moments of human connection- the autumn afternoon tea provides an opportunity for just that!

Photo by Protocol School Of Texas | Diane Gottsman
Read about Diane's suggestions for tea party etiquette at /dianegottsman.com/2020/10/13/virtual-tea-party-etiquette/

On November 18th at 2pm, join Dumbarton House, Georgetown Heritage, and Tudor Place Historic House & Garden for a new sc...
11/05/2020

On November 18th at 2pm, join Dumbarton House, Georgetown Heritage, and Tudor Place Historic House & Garden for a new school program called "Changing City: Tobacco, Transportation & Georgetown." Perfectly suited for classrooms, learning pods, and homeschool groups ages 8-11 (grades 3-5), students will 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.

Register for free at bit.ly/ChangingCity20

We love the way beautiful fall colors are transforming our site and surrounding neighborhood of Georgetown! Our grounds ...
11/04/2020

We love the way beautiful fall colors are transforming our site and surrounding neighborhood of Georgetown! Our grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk, so stop by for a midday break in a cozy sweater with a hot cup of tea. What's your favorite thing about fall?

Although our Dining Room has always been interpreted as an eating space, it has looked quite different in past years. #T...
11/02/2020

Although our Dining Room has always been interpreted as an eating space, it has looked quite different in past years. #TransformationTuesday

During dinner parties in the early 1800s, the table would have been set with the best porcelain and silver. The number of utensils would have signified the number of courses - three courses were typical at the time. The types of food a hostess would prepare for her guests displayed her power, wealth, and character. Foods that we take for granted today such as sugar, spices, and almonds, were expensive and valuable items in early America. Most people would eat dinner anytime from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. This was because there was more daylight and you did not have to burn candles all evening.

Happy Halloween! Although our 200 year old floorboards creak a lot and it can be spooky to be in the house after hours, ...
10/31/2020

Happy Halloween! Although our 200 year old floorboards creak a lot and it can be spooky to be in the house after hours, no staff have had any supernatural experiences in the house. That being said, we have a secondhand account of a ghost sighting by the window on the second floor of the house.

Commodore John Rodgers' (who lived here in 1815) sister-in-law told the ghost story to her granddaughter, saying that as she went up to bed, "she turned, at that moment a vivid flash of lightning fell on the form of a woman standing at the window...an old colored woman with her arms out stretched, in perfect silence." Is the story true? Maybe you'll just have to visit and judge for yourself...

10/30/2020
Protocol School Of Texas | Diane Gottsman

Two weeks ago, our tea party programs were featured on NBC in San Antonio, Texas! Etiquette expert Diane Gottsman described the proper manners to use when attending or hosting a virtual tea party. Check it out in preparation for joining us for our (virtual) Autumn Afternoon Tea on November 21! Tickets at linktr.ee/dumbartonhouse.

Read Diane's article at https://dianegottsman.com/2020/10/13/virtual-tea-party-etiquette/?fbclid=IwAR2xjiFhy0r5Zz0x_tSf4bFHuPx8i9y2UpshnFl5z3VWt8qcgpUUegMGHs8

Sharing a cup of “Colonial Bohea” tea from Dumbarton House, NSCDA Museum & Headquarters, along with a few virtual tea party etiquette tips on San Antonio Living with Shelly Miles.

Thank you, Mary Lesher, Programs Manager for Dumbarton House for the gift of your tea and beautiful cookbook. What a wonderful fall treat!

Looking for a way to safely browse for holiday gifts without having to stare at your computer screen for one more second...
10/28/2020

Looking for a way to safely browse for holiday gifts without having to stare at your computer screen for one more second? Join us in the fresh air on November 14 for our second annual Maker's Market! Vendors will be spread out on the property and capacity will be limited so you can drop by to safely and happily support local DC businesses as you shop!

Vendors include:
Lita+Ro, Mayapple Soaps, Petite Soeur DC, iconsDC, The Wellness Apothecary, Ella-Rue, Scilla + Luna, Jaryam, mongolian_atelier

Cheyenne, Dumbarton House Archives Intern here! I just wanted to better introduce myself as we wrap up American Archives...
10/26/2020

Cheyenne, Dumbarton House Archives Intern here! I just wanted to better introduce myself as we wrap up American Archives Month. I am originally from Northern California, and recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Anthropology. After a few years of doing archaeological field work, I decided that I like taking care of collections already inside museums instead of digging up new ones, so I transitioned my career interest to museums. I enjoy learning about and find value in all aspects of preservation and care of museum and archive collections. I am so fortunate for the experience to be the Archive Intern for Dumbarton House this semester!

In the next few weeks, we'll be publishing a blog article more about my digitization work here at Dumbarton House. In the meantime, feel free to let us know your questions below!

10/23/2020
How to use a "microspatula"

One of the tasks our Archives Intern, Cheyenne, has been completing is to remove all metal from folders as she goes through digitizing materials. She uses this thin tool called a "microspatula" to carefully slide staples out of fragile paper. Staples and paper clips cause damage to paper, including staining, weakening, or distorting the paper and should be avoided and removed when possible. #AmericanArchivesMonth

Please join us in congratulating our Executive Director, Karen Daly as she is named the new President of Stratford Hall,...
10/22/2020

Please join us in congratulating our Executive Director, Karen Daly as she is named the new President of Stratford Hall, the 1738 plantation home of the Lee Family of Virginia. In her new role, Karen will be the first woman to lead Stratford Hall. While her departure is bittersweet for us here at Dumbarton House, we are incredibly proud of Karen’s many accomplishments during her 17 years with us. We look forward to seeing her success continue in her new role.

Read the full press release here: dumbartonhouse.org/about/board-and-staff/karen-daly/

Big news at Stratford Hall!
Karen L. Daly has been named our new president and will assume her role in January 2021.

Karen is a leader in the museum field, having served as executive director of Dumbarton House, the headquarters of The National Society of The Colonial Dames in Washington, DC.

She is an educator, a strategic thinker, and has great energy. Join us in welcoming Karen to Stratford Hall, click to learn more about her, and comment below with your favorite Stratford Hall memory.

For the full Press Release, click the link below:
https://www.stratfordhall.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Stratford-Hall-New-President-Announcement-October-2020.pdf

Photo by Chad Williams

We were happy to play a small part in Citizens Association of Georgetown CAG's annual meeting last month, as it was reco...
10/21/2020

We were happy to play a small part in Citizens Association of Georgetown CAG's annual meeting last month, as it was recorded in our Belle Vue Room! CAG helps keep our community connected, safe (thank you CAG officers!), and beautiful (by planting thousands of trees!) in addition to their historic preservation and educational work.

CAG can trace its origins to 1878, when the Georgetown Citizens Association was established as the District of Columbia’s first civic group.

Just a few more days! We can’t wait!
10/19/2020

Just a few more days! We can’t wait!

Get your tickets at https://linktr.ee/DumbartonHouse for a live 30 minute O Henry mystery this coming Oct 21, 22, & 23. Watch our live adaptation online as two strangers meet in a park....Vote in real time on how the story ends -- happily ever after or Halloween fright! Tickets $10 to benefit Dumbarton House, NSCDA Museum & Headquarters. Shows at at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm performed by two brilliant casts. Pictured here, the cast of "Team O." Kevin Rooney, Nova James Daly, Ali Dukakis, Antonio Olivo, Christina Sevilla, and Directed by Steve Rochlin

Our Archives Intern, Cheyenne, is helping digitize our archival materials, organize them in the computer with metadata -...
10/19/2020

Our Archives Intern, Cheyenne, is helping digitize our archival materials, organize them in the computer with metadata - which will help us find what we're looking for - and keep the archives maintained, in addition to helping us write a new archives policy for the freshly digitized materials.

Digitizing our archives will help preserve these records for posterity as well as make them more accessible to scholars and the public. Learn more about Cheyenne's work in a post later this week! #AmericanArchivesMonth

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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.

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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.