The original owners of Tudor Place were Martha Custis Peter and Thomas Peter: the former, the step-granddaughter of first U.S. president, George Washington, and the latter, the son of Georgetown’s first mayor. Tudor Place encompasses a historic house, built in 1816, and a garden. It is the only property in D.C. connected to George and Martha Washington.
In the house, you will find a rich collection of objects that detail the history of America. The Washington Collection, second only to George Washington’s Mount Vernon’s in size, contains artifacts both lavish and humble. Among the objects you might find are: a 40-piece Sèvres porcelain dinner set used in the first Presidential household, fragments of silk clothing, and personal correspondences.
My first visit to Tudor Place was unplanned — I just happened to walk by. Making my way through the garden, I felt as though I was momentarily transported to a different world. With 5 ½ acres of gardens and grounds, Tudor Place provides a welcome retreat from the city.
Armistead Peter 3rd, the last owner of Tudor Place, who transformed it into a public space, hoped “that it be considered not as a period museum but as a house lived in and loved by generations of our family and in which they found great happiness.”
*Due to Covid-19, only the garden is open.