Tudor Place is off the beaten path. I ride by the place on a regularly basis, always wondering what lies behind the gates and trees of one of the most discreet destinations in Georgetown. Tudor place is a nice reprieve from everything that we have come to love Georgetown for. It is on a quiet tree lined residential street with…. (gasp)……. ample street parking. Everyone knows this is a rarity in D.C. , especially Georgetown. We were able to park right outside the gates!
We started our self-guided tour in the gardens. On a Saturday afternoon, the garden wasn’t too crowded—just enough people to let us know that we weren’t alone, but still allow us plenty of privacy. There were many places to sit and plants to admire.
The garden has a lush green lawn with a few scattered statues and too many plant species to count. It offers quiet nooks and coves to rest tired feet, take a short nap, enjoy a book or just take in the beautiful scenery.
After a nice visit with nature, we headed inside for our three o’clock house tour. The gift shop is the gathering space for house tours. Ordinarily, the tour groups consist of no more than 13 people with the last tour taking place at 3 p.m. Because of overwhelming demand on the day of our visit, an extra 3:15 p.m. tour was added to the regular schedule.
When visiting historical sites, I enjoy learning about the history. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide took us through the various rooms of the mansion, including the saloon, the dining room, kitchen, a full bathroom and two bedrooms, and explained in great detail the history of the family who owned this home for over 175 years.
Thomas Peter married Martha Custis, the granddaughter of Martha Washington. In 1805, the couple used an $8,000 legacy from George Washington to purchase 8+ acres in Georgetown. Dr. William Thornton, a self-taught architect whose other notable designs include the U.S. Capitol and the Octagon House, designed the house. Tudor Place, a National Historic Landmark, is a premier example of American neoclassical architecture.
Tudor Place offers a variety of events throughout the year. Every Friday at 10 a.m. between May and September, there is yoga in the garden. There are Civil War Georgetown House and Walking Tours every second Saturday of the month, various Tea Parties, and, in August there is the Family Fair, just to name a few.
Another great thing about Tudor Place is that they rent the garden out for weddings, corporate events, birthday parties and various other social gatherings. The day we visited we came upon a nice little cove that was being set up for an evening wedding. It was a nice green and cozy area with plenty of privacy. I noted the privacy, because they keep the grounds open to visitors during events. The rather dramatic and sprawling back lawn can be used for events as well. There are open acres of yard for which the home can serve as a nice back drop.
1644 31st NW
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