Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in Washington DC

Exploring the Historic House Museum in Georgetown

Tudor Place
© Tudor Place

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, a 5-acre estate built in 1816, is one of Washington, DC's hidden gems. Located in Georgetown's Historic District, this National Historic Landmark was originally owned by Martha Custis Peter, the granddaughter of Martha Washington, and housed six generations of the Peter family over the course of 180 years.

Now, open to the public, Tudor Place is a fine example of neoclassical architecture with a distinguished collection of decorative arts and a beautifully landscaped garden.

The Tudor Place collection includes more than 8000 objects from the period 1750-1983, including silver, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, ​manuscripts and furniture. The early-19th century style garden features a Bowling Green, Tennis Lawn, Flower Knot, Boxwood Ellipse, Japanese Tea House and Tulip Poplar.

The Tudor Place Collection

Tudor Place is an interesting place to visit because the historic home displays furnishings and personal items that belonged to the six generations of the Peter family, reflecting more than 200 years of American history. Some of the unique items include:

  • 40 pieces of a Sèvres porcelain dinner and dessert service used at Mount Vernon
  • George Washington ’s letter to Martha announcing his 1775 appointment to lead the Continental Army
  • a camp stool Washington commissioned in 1776 for use during the Revolutionary War
  • Armistead Peter's 1895 Bookpress
  • ceremonial weaponry including a carved ivory dagger made in Japan and two swords used during the Mexican War
  • Robertson’s portrait miniature of George Washington, painted in Philadelphia in 1794 for Martha Peter
  • Francis Scott Key's law desk
  • a unique square pianoforte with mahogany and satinwood frame made in 1804 by the English firm John Broadwood & Son
  • The Peter family's 1919 Pierce-Arrow Roadster (a custom-made car)
  • and much more

1644 31st Street NW Washington, DC.
Located in Georgetown, two blocks east of Wisconsin Avenue, between Q and R Streets
See a map of Georgetown

Adults: $10.00
Seniors (65+): $8.00
Children ages 5-17: $3.00
Children ages 4 and under are free
Persons with a Military ID: $8
Self-guided Garden Tour is $3.00 per person
Groups of 10 or more, reservations required (call 202-965-0400, ext. 115)

Tudor Place House and Garden Tours

The house is shown by guided tour only.  The docents are very knowledgeable and there is a lot to see, so be sure to ask questions. Garden tours are self-guided. Group tours, Tea & Tour Packages and special events are regularly scheduled.  Special events include seasonal favorites for kids like the Tudor Explorers” Summer History Week Camps, Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic, Deck the Halls: A Family at Christmas, Nutcracker Storytime and more. Adult programs focus on a variety of themes like Civil War Georgetown: A Community Torn and Tudor Nights: Whiskey & Weaponry, Williams & Peter.

The estate is also available to rent for dinners, receptions, luncheons, and corporate events.

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday - 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm
Sunday - 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm
Monday - Closed

The garden is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from Noon to 4:00 pm. The house is closed on Mondays and the month of January

Website: www.tudorplace.org

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