This 1816 neoclassical Georgetown neighborhood gem, once the home of Martha Custis Peter, a granddaughter of First Lady Martha Washington, stands as a microcosm of early American history and culture witnessed through the eyes of six generations of the prominent Peter family spanning 178 years. Guided tours take you inside, which have graced US Presidents, leading politicians, military leaders, and dignitaries, and feature over 15,000 objects from the mid-18th to late-20th centuries, among them the largest collection of George Washington's personal items outside of Mount Vernon. Books, silver, ceramics, jewelry, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, manuscripts, furniture, glass, weapons, musical instruments, a 1919 Pierce-Arrow 48-B5 Roadster (the Peter family car), and one of only three surviving letters from George to Martha Washington can be viewed. Afterwards, explore the beautifully manicured 5.5 acre gardens, with Bowling Green, Boxwood Circle, Tennis Lawn, dining terrace, gazebo, open lawns, and various garden structures and spaces replete with flowering trees, roses, and English Boxwood.
By Christian Mirasol, AFAR Local Expert
1644 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Sun 12pm - 4pm
Tue - Sat 10am - 4pm