Established by Martha Parke Custis Peter (Martha Washington’s granddaughter) and her husband Thomas Peter in the early 19th century, Tudor Place is celebrated for its centuries of history, Federal-style architecture, ornamental gardens, and its extensive collection of rare objects (including over 5,000 books, photographs, and items that once belonged to George and Martha Washington). Owned by the Peter family from its founding until 1983, the landmark is now a museum, and is one of the few historical urban estates that has retained its original landscape and design.
To simplify your visit to Tudor Place, book tickets to the historic landmark online in advance of your trip. Guided tours are offered once per hour and reservations are recommended, particularly during busy visiting times. The garden can be explored on flexible, self-led tours.
Things to know before you go
- Tudor Place was designed by William Thornton (who created the US Capitol) and is a popular stop for architecture enthusiasts.
- The first floor is accessible to wheelchair users, though requests must be made in advance; the second floor is not accessible, and the garden has limited accessibility.
- The self-guided garden tour is free for all participants; maps and smartphone audio guides are provided by the Visitor Center.
- The house hosts annual Eggstravaganza! Easter celebrations and a garden party in May.
How to get there
Tudor Place is located in the heart of Georgetown. To access the landmark by public transportation, take the Metro Red line to Dupont Circle, or the Blue and Orange lines to Foggy Bottom; it’s a short walk or taxi trip from each. The house is also served by local bus lines, and can be accessed by car (free curbside parking is usually available), Capital Bikeshare services, or on foot.
When to get there
Tudor Place is open to visitors Thursday through Saturday and on Sunday afternoons. It is closed during the month of January, and on Easter Sunday, Independence Day (July 4), Thanksgiving Day (the last Thursday in November), Christmas Eve (December 24), and Christmas Day (December 25). Note that the landmark is at its busiest during the summer months and on holiday weekends, and that walk-ins are not guaranteed entry.
Historical Highlights in Georgetown
The historical neighborhood of Georgetown is known for its colorful houses, leafy streets, and plethora of shops and restaurants. Following a tour of Tudor House, continue your excursions to other local highlights. If the weather is nice, stroll along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal or the banks of the Potomac River, explore the Dumbarton Oaks Museum, or even see the house where JFK once lived.
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