Tudor Place Historic House & Garden

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden Open February-December, T-SAT 10-4, SUN 12-4. 1816 Georgetown estate & 5½ acre garden with family ties to George Washington. House tours & self-guided garden tours Tuesday-Sunday. Rentals for weddings, meetings & private parties.
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America's Story Lives Here! A National Historic Landmark, Tudor Place holds two centuries of history and family life and the largest collection outside Mount Vernon of items tied to George and Martha Washington. The estate was built in 1816 by an early Washington "power couple," Martha Washington's granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and her husband, Thomas, whose landowner father, a Scottish immigrant, was Georgetown's first mayor. Their estate, with its famed Neoclassical dome and 5.5 acres of landscaped gardens, was home to six generations of their descendants and many workers, free and enslaved, before opening to the public. Hear their stories. Walk through their history. Guided house tours offered hourly, Tues-Sunday. Events + programs throughout the year found at www.tudorplace.org/programs.

Get tickets now for Eggstravaganza! on April 4, 9, 10, or 11. Kids have fun with the egg hunt, egg roll, and crafts. Tak...
02/09/2020

Get tickets now for Eggstravaganza! on April 4, 9, 10, or 11. Kids have fun with the egg hunt, egg roll, and crafts. Take photos with the Easter Bunny! Sells out quickly each year, so choose your date today. #Easter https://tudorplace.org/programs/220/eggstravaganza/

Sunshine on this rainy day! A cymbidium orchid blooms in the conservatory, greeting visitors at the beginning of the hou...
02/08/2020

Sunshine on this rainy day! A cymbidium orchid blooms in the conservatory, greeting visitors at the beginning of the house tours. #flowerfriday buff.ly/2H1SFMl

So you think you know DC well? Find something new in the Washingtonian list of 92 Hidden Gems & Attractions. Tudor Place...
02/07/2020
92 Hidden Attractions and Gems in Washington, DC

So you think you know DC well? Find something new in the Washingtonian list of 92 Hidden Gems & Attractions. Tudor Place is happy to be 1 of 10 "under the radar attractions." Come visit T-SUN for $1 suggested donation in February. https://buff.ly/2ugQ52q #featuredinwashmag

Leave the obvious stuff to the tourists.

The first wedding of the year at Tudor Place was this elopement! Looking forward to more romance in this historic settin...
02/06/2020

The first wedding of the year at Tudor Place was this elopement! Looking forward to more romance in this historic setting. Could you be next? https://buff.ly/2U57BB6 Photo: CoPhoto #weddingwednesday

A proposal here in the gardens at Tudor Place. Reserve a romantic garden space for your proposal. https://buff.ly/2U57BB...
01/30/2020

A proposal here in the gardens at Tudor Place. Reserve a romantic garden space for your proposal. https://buff.ly/2U57BB6 #weddingwednesday

Have you have attended Tudor Place Landmark Lectures, enjoyed a cocktail at Tudor Nights, or sipped a cup of Earl Grey d...
01/28/2020
The Dower House Celebrates a Milestone Birthday | Tudor Place

Have you have attended Tudor Place Landmark Lectures, enjoyed a cocktail at Tudor Nights, or sipped a cup of Earl Grey during one of the Tea & Tours? Then you've been in the Dower House, shown here in 1912. Learn its 150 years of history in a 2019 article by Tudor Place Curator Grant Quertermous, then explore more articles in the online Reading Room.

View of the Beall House looking across the North Garden of Tudor Place, ca. 1912 Architectural rendering of the Beall House, unknown architect, ca. 1868 The Beall siblings photographed by Armistead Peter Jr. Clockwise from Left: Jane. E.H. Beall, Frank Beall, Bessie Beall, and William M. Beall. Ctr:...

In "Tudor Place and the Civil War Home Front" you'll find the story of Britannia Peter Kennon (the second owner of Tudor...
01/24/2020

In "Tudor Place and the Civil War Home Front" you'll find the story of Britannia Peter Kennon (the second owner of Tudor Place, shown here in 1860) and how she preserved her family home during the #CivilWar. New information was added in 2019 to this often cited essay, identifying for the first time the Union Army officers who boarded at Tudor Place in the war years, and how they coexisted. Original research by Tudor Place Archivist Wendy Kail. https://buff.ly/2RIDnRt

Photo: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden Archive. #throwbackthursday

An historic location for elopements and small weddings--the Dower House at Tudor Place. Call now to reserve your Valenti...
01/23/2020

An historic location for elopements and small weddings--the Dower House at Tudor Place. Call now to reserve your Valentine wedding on February 14 or 15. First photo Hannah Bjorndal Photography, second photo Hannah Foster Photo with dress from Modern Trousseau D.C. #valentinesday #weddingwednesday https://buff.ly/36F6T0Q

Teacher training this summer about the Civil War: Tudor Place is part of the Washington Civil War Consortium, with summe...
01/21/2020

Teacher training this summer about the Civil War: Tudor Place is part of the Washington Civil War Consortium, with summer Commuter and Residential programs. Apply by March 31. Partners include Ford's Theatre, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site , President Lincoln's Cottage. https://buff.ly/3akvCK8 #MLK2020 #MLKday #teachCivilWar

Reopening February 1 with Washington Dollar Days all month. Tour for just $1 as suggested donation. Tudor Place is the o...
01/19/2020

Reopening February 1 with Washington Dollar Days all month. Tour for just $1 as suggested donation. Tudor Place is the only historic house museum in DC with family ties to Martha & George Washington. Highlights of the Washington Collection will be on display as part of all house tours. Reserve online NOW. https://buff.ly/3765hh0 #visitDC #GeorgeWashington

The Dower House at Tudor Place in Georgetown offers historic backgrounds for bridal portraits and #ValentinesDay wedding...
01/16/2020

The Dower House at Tudor Place in Georgetown offers historic backgrounds for bridal portraits and #ValentinesDay weddings. Call now to reserve for February 14 & 15. https://buff.ly/36F6T0Q Photos: Mason Photography, L. Hewitt Photography. #weddingwednesday

This important Andrea del Verrocchio Renaissance bronze is on display at the National Gallery of Art in DC through Sun.,...
01/11/2020

This important Andrea del Verrocchio Renaissance bronze is on display at the National Gallery of Art in DC through Sun., Jan. 12. A copy has graced the Tudor Place garden in DC since 1961-62. The last owner of Tudor Place, Armistead Peter 3rd, acquired a replica of the putto from Erkins Studio and had the statue made into a fountain, placed atop a birdbath for the Bowling Green area of the garden. As he wrote in his book, Tudor Place (1969), “The little Verrocchio angel is a fine bronze casting made by the lost wax process.” The original bronze, "Putto with a Dolphin" c. 1465/1480, is in the collection of the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy. https://buff.ly/2Nc3yyy

You can’t beat #cherryblossom season in DC, and what better backdrop for your big day? Let Mother Nature be your florist...
01/09/2020

You can’t beat #cherryblossom season in DC, and what better backdrop for your big day? Let Mother Nature be your florist and take advantage of the cherry blossom blooms at Tudor Place. There is still availability for events in the last two weeks of March and early April. Contact the Private Events Manager today for more information. https://buff.ly/36F6T0Q Photo: Ashley Boyan Photography. See more of this spring elopement at United With Love https://buff.ly/2tHuWNU

In January Tudor Place is closed to the public and the Collections staff is busy with the annual January Clean. The cont...
01/08/2020

In January Tudor Place is closed to the public and the Collections staff is busy with the annual January Clean. The contents of each room of the historic house are carefully removed, the rooms are cleaned, and collection objects are dusted. Emptying the rooms also provides an important opportunity to evaluate the house itself, an historic artifact which is over 200 years old. Finally, the rooms are reinstalled for the reopening on February 1. Stay tuned for more updates from the January Clean! tudorplace.org

01/07/2020
Reading Room | Tudor Place

Cold days are ideal for curling up with a good website. The Reading Room added new history essays in 2019, on Eliza Hamilton, DC author Charles Lanman, Tudor Place's Dower House, and the popular portrait, "Carol", on display in the Tudor Place dining room.

Reading Room Welcome to Tudor Place’s virtual library, where you’ll find original essays, research, maps and other resources. Please browse! Family & Friends Georgetown and the Federal City Land & Business Historic Events Architecture Conservation Archaeology Enslaved & Free

Join the last owner of Tudor Place, Armistead Peter 3rd, and his wife Caroline Ogden-Jones Peter in raising a glass of c...
01/01/2020

Join the last owner of Tudor Place, Armistead Peter 3rd, and his wife Caroline Ogden-Jones Peter in raising a glass of champagne to the New Year. Good wishes to you for the new decade! Tudor Place will be closed in January for the annual cleaning; please visit in February when Washington Dollar Days feature $1 tours all month. https://buff.ly/2JvkYkV #NewYearsEve #2020

Ornamental kales are resilient friends in the winter garden. How do you like that splash of purple? They're in the orcha...
12/28/2019

Ornamental kales are resilient friends in the winter garden. How do you like that splash of purple? They're in the orchard beds here but also look great in containers. Did you plant any this year? #flowerfriday #kale #wintergardens #gardenDC

Come see "1899: Christmas by Gaslight" through Dec. 31, with docent explanations of the special arrangements. https://bu...
12/27/2019

Come see "1899: Christmas by Gaslight" through Dec. 31, with docent explanations of the special arrangements. https://buff.ly/2JvkYkV

Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating! #MerryChristmas #Christmas #VictorianChristmas #ChristmasTree
12/26/2019

Merry Christmas to all who are celebrating! #MerryChristmas #Christmas #VictorianChristmas #ChristmasTree

A boost of winter color in the Tudor Place garden, courtesy of Common winterberry (Ilex verticillata). Add this native s...
12/21/2019

A boost of winter color in the Tudor Place garden, courtesy of Common winterberry (Ilex verticillata). Add this native shrub to your garden? Grows up to 12' tall & wide, takes full sun to part shade. Wants acid, moist soil & can even tolerate wet feet. #flowerfriday #nativeplants

12/20/2019
IMG_0357 xmas 1899 tree

Come enjoy flickering "candles" on the #ChristmasTree and "gaslights" as they were used in the Mansion. All to celebrate the "1899 Christmas by Gaslight" theme. See this #VictorianChristmas display through Dec. 31 (closed Mondays & Dec. 24-25). https://buff.ly/2PXQDks

‘Tis the Season! The Dower House makes the perfect setting for a beautiful indoor winter wedding. The Holiday Special fo...
12/19/2019

‘Tis the Season! The Dower House makes the perfect setting for a beautiful indoor winter wedding. The Holiday Special for bookings in January and February 2020 is still running. Contact the Private Events Manager to book now. https://buff.ly/2J02ZTy Photos by Darcy Troutman Photography. #weddingwednesday #elopement

Garden staff carefully dressed the Boxwood Circle with white lights. See this and other garden lights if you attend a Ca...
12/14/2019

Garden staff carefully dressed the Boxwood Circle with white lights. See this and other garden lights if you attend a Candlelight Tour (tickets still available for Dec. 17). Enjoy free admission to the winter gardens, Tuesday-Sunday (closed Dec. 24 & 25). tudorplace.org #flowerfriday #gardenDC #Georgetown

This blown-glass pear ornament and others in our museum collection are hanging on the Christmas tree along with other Vi...
12/13/2019

This blown-glass pear ornament and others in our museum collection are hanging on the Christmas tree along with other Victorian-style ornaments, a garland of strung popcorn, and candles clipped to branches, echoing the type of Christmas decor that would have been found at Tudor Place in 1899. This year the Christmas tree features a number of historic ornaments used by the Peter family during the late 19th and early 20th century to help evoke our holiday theme focused on the year 1899, on display through December 31 (closed Mondays, and December 24 and 25). buff.ly/2t8XZ9p

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Looking for a quaint elopement space in the New Year? Book the Washington OR Britannia Elopement Packag...
12/12/2019

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Looking for a quaint elopement space in the New Year? Book the Washington OR Britannia Elopement Package for January or February 2020 and get an additional hour for photography free of charge. Contact the Private Events Manager for additional information https://buff.ly/2J02ZTy Photos: Kir2Ben. #weddingWednesday

On #MuseumStoreSunday, Dec. 1 from 12-4 receive a 20% discount on all items in the Tudor Place Museum Shop. Through the ...
12/01/2019

On #MuseumStoreSunday, Dec. 1 from 12-4 receive a 20% discount on all items in the Tudor Place Museum Shop. Through the end of the year, get 30% off on all Tudor Place signature tea tins, featuring both loose leaf & pillow sachet tea. https://buff.ly/2KZkAyG

#OTD Armistead Peter Jr. was born at Tudor Place on Nov. 30, 1870, and is shown seated on the front steps about 1879. Th...
12/01/2019

#OTD Armistead Peter Jr. was born at Tudor Place on Nov. 30, 1870, and is shown seated on the front steps about 1879. The second of five children born to Dr. Armistead Peter and his wife Martha “Markie” Kennon Peter, Armistead became the owner of Tudor Place following his grandmother Britannia Kennon’s death in 1911. During the 50+ years that he owned Tudor Place, he updated the house adding electricity, six modern bathrooms, and a steam-heat radiator system. Upon his death in 1960 the house was inherited by his son Armistead Peter 3rd. Photo: Tudor Place Historic House & Garden Archive. tudorplace.org

Guests in town for #ThanksgivingWeek? Bring them to #TudorPlace for a guided tour of the historic mansion, decorated for...
11/30/2019

Guests in town for #ThanksgivingWeek? Bring them to #TudorPlace for a guided tour of the historic mansion, decorated for an 1899 Christmas by Gaslight. Open FRI-SAT 10-4, SUN 12-4. https://buff.ly/2sX4U65

Wishing you a #HappyThanksgiving with these early-20th-century postcards. Tudor Place is closed Thanksgiving Day. Come w...
11/29/2019

Wishing you a #HappyThanksgiving with these early-20th-century postcards. Tudor Place is closed Thanksgiving Day. Come walk off your Thanksgiving dinner with house tours and self-guided garden tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. https://buff.ly/2JvkYkV

A perfect escape from the busy city, the intimate Bowling Green will make your guests feel as though they stumbled into ...
11/28/2019

A perfect escape from the busy city, the intimate Bowling Green will make your guests feel as though they stumbled into a secret garden made just for you. Our elopement and small ceremony packages allow you to focus on the intentional moments of your wedding day. https://buff.ly/2JZX8hO Hannah Foster Photography #weddingWednesday

Guests coming to town for #Thanksgiving? Bring them to Tudor Place for a guided tour of the historic mansion, newly deco...
11/26/2019

Guests coming to town for #Thanksgiving? Bring them to Tudor Place for a guided tour of the historic mansion, newly decorated for an 1899 Christmas by Gaslight. Closed Thanksgiving Day, open Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. https://buff.ly/2sX4U65

Come shop with Tudor Place and 16 other organizations. The Museum Shop Holiday Market at Strathmore brings together the ...
11/09/2019

Come shop with Tudor Place and 16 other organizations. The Museum Shop Holiday Market at Strathmore brings together the area’s best museum and cultural shops for a festive four days, TH-SUN Nov. 7-10. Members receive a 10% discount at the Tudor Place booth. https://buff.ly/32NYUN5

CANCELLED: this lecture will be rescheduled in 2020.FREE Lecture--Bound by Fortune and Fortitude: The Calverts of Rivers...
11/08/2019

CANCELLED: this lecture will be rescheduled in 2020.
FREE Lecture--Bound by Fortune and Fortitude: The Calverts of Riversdale House Museum & Peters of Tudor Place. Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m. Archival letters and images will illuminate a relationship that linked the high society of Georgetown and Maryland. Reserve your seat now https://buff.ly/2rhPNWY

An intimate indoor wedding at the Dower House of Tudor Place. Book now for Dower House weddings. Photography: Kir2Ben ht...
11/07/2019

An intimate indoor wedding at the Dower House of Tudor Place. Book now for Dower House weddings. Photography: Kir2Ben https://buff.ly/2JZX8hO #weddingWednesday

Do you love historic gardens? Enjoy the LAST docent-guided garden tour for 2019. Stroll the 5½-acre Tudor Place gardens ...
10/18/2019

Do you love historic gardens? Enjoy the LAST docent-guided garden tour for 2019. Stroll the 5½-acre Tudor Place gardens featuring heirloom trees and plants. Sign up now for Friday, October 25 at 10:30 a.m. Get ideas for your home garden! https://buff.ly/2MUCOSe

To celebrate the Washington Nationals going to the #WorldSeries, here's the last owner of Tudor Place, Armistead Peter 3...
10/16/2019

To celebrate the Washington Nationals going to the #WorldSeries, here's the last owner of Tudor Place, Armistead Peter 3rd, with his ca. 1905 baseball gear. He was a great-great-great-great grandson of Martha Washington. #StayInTheFight #FinishTheFight #WorldSeries2019

During the recent repaving of 31st Street NW in front of the the main gate, the 19th-century paving stones were exposed ...
10/15/2019

During the recent repaving of 31st Street NW in front of the the main gate, the 19th-century paving stones were exposed after several layers of old asphalt were removed. This road surface is visible in the second image depicting Armistead Peter Jr. with his bicycle on 31st Street in May of 1890.

See if you know about the "unexpected" part of Tudor Place that the Washington Post covers here.
10/11/2019
Unexpected finds at historic properties

See if you know about the "unexpected" part of Tudor Place that the Washington Post covers here.

Surprising features include the "Prohibition President's" wine cellar, slave quarters near the White House and a bomb shelter at a 1816 neoclassical mansion.

New information about the Union officers, surgeons, and others who boarded at Tudor Place during the Civil War. How a ho...
10/10/2019
Tudor Place and the Civil War Home Front | Tudor Place

New information about the Union officers, surgeons, and others who boarded at Tudor Place during the Civil War. How a household of owners, boarders and servants, including some previously enslaved, coexisted in wartime. Original research by the Tudor Place Archivist.

Dr. Jonathan Letterman was Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac. His wife, Mary, boarded at Tudor Place. Photo: National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Dr. Jonathan Letterman in the field with his staff. Photo: National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Dr. Charles Carroll Lee, brother of Mrs. Let...

Hold your next meeting or business retreat here. Leafy and open, Tudor Place can feel like a rural retreat, but this his...
10/09/2019

Hold your next meeting or business retreat here. Leafy and open, Tudor Place can feel like a rural retreat, but this historic Georgetown estate is right in DC, and convenient to Virginia and Maryland. Tasteful rooms furnished with all you need for successful meetings of up to 25 people. Make your function even more inviting by providing on-site breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea or cocktails. You can even include a guided house or garden tour. https://buff.ly/2ojBT5M

This ca. 1874 photograph of the south façade of Tudor Place shows three generations of the Peter family and several serv...
10/07/2019

This ca. 1874 photograph of the south façade of Tudor Place shows three generations of the Peter family and several servants. From left to right, the cook (unidentified); longtime gardener John Luckett; Jane Boyce Peter with her husband, George Washington Peter; in front of the Temple Portico are Dr. Armistead Peter, his wife, Martha “Markie” Kennon Peter, and her mother, Britannia W. Peter Kennon (then owner of Tudor Place); two small children, Armistead Peter Jr. (who would become the owner of Tudor Place from 1911 until 1960) and his brother Walter Peter; and an unidentified nurse holding one of Dr. and Mrs. Peter’s sons, likely B. Kennon Peter. This is one of many images of the house found in the Tudor Place Collection. tudorplace.org

A peaceful midday moment here in the historic gardens. Come see for yourself on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Fall Plant Sale ...
09/27/2019

A peaceful midday moment here in the historic gardens. Come see for yourself on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Fall Plant Sale & Picnic from 12-4. Bring a blanket and a picnic and spend the afternoon. Take a “de-tour” through the fall foliage and blooms with the gardeners and educators. See you rain or shine! The Plant Sale features heirloom plants traditionally grown by the Peter family, including perennials for sun, part-shade, or shade. https://buff.ly/3003B9e

This National Historic Landmark with a full temple portico makes a dramatic setting for your wedding photos. https://buf...
09/25/2019

This National Historic Landmark with a full temple portico makes a dramatic setting for your wedding photos. https://buff.ly/2JZX8hO. Photo by Audra Wrisley Photography. #weddingWednesday

Come see the Spanish flag vine waving near the Dower House, as part of the guided garden tour Friday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 ...
09/23/2019

Come see the Spanish flag vine waving near the Dower House, as part of the guided garden tour Friday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 a.m. Explore the 5½ acres of gardens with a docent, hear lore about the design of the garden rooms, and encounter unusual plants. Reserve now https://buff.ly/2Y10t8o

Stop by the Tudor Place pop-up park created in a parking spot on Friday, Sept. 20, the global #PARKingDay that celebrate...
09/19/2019
Volunteer | Tudor Place

Stop by the Tudor Place pop-up park created in a parking spot on Friday, Sept. 20, the global #PARKingDay that celebrates public spaces. Find the Tudor Place pop-up park in Georgetown at 3158 O St. NW, just off Wisconsin, from 9 to 4. Meet the garden staff and volunteers and find out if you'd like to volunteer too. Lavender sachets (filled from the gardens) and hypertufa containers of succulents will be there, plus a plant ID station featuring cuttings of Tudor Place flora, and a sneak preview of plants that will be sold at the Sept. 29 Fall Plant Sale & Picnic. http://www.tudorplace.org/get-involved/volunteer/ #PARKingDay2019 #ASLAParkingDay

Volunteer Few activities bring you closer to the historic site than serving as a valued volunteer. Museum volunteers spend time in splendid historic surroundings alongside others who share their enthusiasm and interests in history, gardens, architecture, and more. Volunteers also join in optional en...

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

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Historic house and garden open T-SAT 10-4, SUN 12-4. Closed in January for cleaning. Closed Mondays, Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

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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, and today offers hourly guided house tours Tuesdays through Sundays, February-December. Hear the stories. Walk among the rooms and artifacts. Experience the history. For scheduled events and programs, visit www.tudorplace.org/programs.

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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:)