Washington DC Historic Sites

Historic Sites in Washington DC, DC

Washington DC Historic Sites

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  • dlenane78
    Rochester, NH498 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    You can get access to the theatre where Lincoln was shot, plus on the bottom level, there is a “museum” all about Lincoln. I found this very informative and fascinating. Then you get to go across the street to the house where Lincoln died. A lot of history here!!
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • burtw
    Memphis, TN196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a wonderful place to spend the day. While not as overwhelmingly grandiose as places like Biltmore House and Hearst Castle, it is equally impressive in its own right. The staff of volunteers and hosts are helpful, know a great deal about the house, gardens, amazing collections and Marjorie Post as a person. We tagged on to one of the docent-led house tours and learned a great deal framed by insights about how Ms. Post lived life. We were amused to hear about her love for square dancing and how they would rearrange the valuable furnishings to make room for the dancing! The gardens were lovely since we were there when the tulips, azaleas, and other flowering shrubs were at their prime. Enjoyed a delicious meal at the on-site cafe. If you are a per lover, don't miss the pet cemetery.
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • DCMANYC
    New York City, NY114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative tour and good use of audio/visual effects. Nicely told story. Could do without so much of the questions - “what do you think?” Etc that is in vogue in interpretive tourism today. Visitor center was well sized and a good complement. Highly recommend!
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • tannerinasia
    Calgary, Canada100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to easily get descent views of the city. The views aren't as good as the Washington Monument, but it's much easier to get to the top.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Karin K
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting "off the beaten path" tour. Evening Prohibition and Wine Cellar tour was excellent. Our guide was very well informed and clearly had a passion for history. We learned about the times, the home and the neighborhood.
    Written February 6, 2024
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  • The Sanchez F
    Pittsburg, CA5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Missed exit coming from DC because some of the streets were closed. Went around town. Very beautiful. Love the University. Just want I had expected to see. Esy to get around town.
    Written July 20, 2023
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, CA8,316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like stately homes, this tour is for you. Anderson House has been on my list of to did for many trips, so on my return visit (my first since The Before Times) I made sure to fit in a Saturday morning visit.

    The house is the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization dating back to Revolutionary War times. There's a small exhibit that outlined the society, and the roles the house has set ex over the years, that visitors can peruse before a tour. The free guided tours are the only way to view the splendors of the house interior, and it's worth it.

    The different styles of design combined together reminded me a bit of Hearst Castle, but on a more refined, smaller scale. The artwork, particularly the murals and the painting over the main staircase, are stunning.

    There is a huge, airy ballroom (as was the case with most of the homes constructed at the time) which is a popular choice as an event venue. The tour also takes in the library and various reception rooms. Everything is carefully maintained and polished to perfection.

    As a retired educator and a dedicated architecture geek, I found this excursion to be well worth my time and am glad I squeezed it in to a busy Saturday.

    Tours are free, donations are welcome. The website details tour days and times.
    Written November 16, 2023
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  • doublenaturelover
    Kissimmee, FL122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spend a couple hours touring this property. He stood up for Civil Rights way before the rest. 1800s ! He and Lincoln were best pals I understand. Enjoyed the Ranger talking.
    Written March 14, 2024
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  • FoodLovrr
    Minnesota140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you're going to be in the Georgetown area, I recommend visiting Tudor Place. Interesting history and architecture, and the gardens are lovely. The docent said each tour is different based on their interests/emphasis. I would happily go back.
    Written July 20, 2023
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  • JenniferLynn
    Chicago530 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were looking for unique tours while in DC last weekend and fortunately found this one. We got tickets ahead of time and one thing to note is the $10 suggested donation / person. Personally, seeing as it was "suggested", we didn't donate when we initially booked. Since it was suggested, I wanted to do the donation after the tour - based on the experience. You don't quite get that luxury b/c they call you out at the beginning of the tour and "encourage/urge" you to donate right away.

    When you first get to the house - you wait outside for the next tour. There is no waiting inside. A foursome missed the 11:30 am tour by five minutes and could not join "late". There was only 1 tour guide and she starts the tour in the back of the house - so if you're waiting in the front, she'll never see you. So - be on time!

    Even after all that - I really enjoyed the tour. It ended up being over an hour and you really got to see most of the house. Even though the furnishings are from that time, I thought it was preserved very well, and our guide was very thorough in her descriptions.

    I would recommend the tour to others.
    Written February 28, 2020
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  • LostInTime
    Pittsburgh, PA11,868 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This old house is in the Georgetown area. It’s right on the Main Street and has a big yard behind it. It’s cool to think of the changes that it has seen since 1766.
    Written March 5, 2024
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  • Brendan S
    Arlington, VA1,690 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This House was one of the headquarters of the National Women's Party, which was instrumental in getting the 19th Amendment passed, securing women the right to vote. It was designated a National Monument just four years ago and the NPS is working to renovate the House and add more to the site. Currently, there are two floors of exhibits and information on the suffrage movement, including banners and placards from protests and desks and chairs owned by key leaders of the movement. You can view all the exhibits in under one hour. I did not arrive at the right time for a tour, but think it would be helpful to take one, especially if you are unfamiliar with the history.
    Written March 1, 2020
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  • kammy horne
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! Here for business and this unexpected tour was one of the best tour experiences of my life! Brenda was thoughtful, knowledgeable, funny, kind, interesting…awesome! She kept up the energy and excitement of the house and the stories from history. Bravo Brenda!
    Written March 28, 2022
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  • Dave C
    Alexandria, VA1,628 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is not a very large space, but it's special, and has been lovingly and well-restored with interesting displays that are a good mix of interpretive and relic-based. Fun little gift shop with some excellent reading material. Staff is knowledgeable and helpful. If you're in the area, this is a quick and excellent museum. Depending on your status, admission is at or around $10.
    Written February 19, 2023
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  • Dan_Yucaipa_CA
    Yucaipa, CA433 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dumbarton Oaks is nearby, but Dumbarton House is worth a visit. The house dates to the beginning of the federal government in Washington and was home to one of its first civil servants who worked in the Treasury Department under six presidents. How the early inhabitants of the Federal City, both free and enslaved, lived is described. Our guide did a great job during a 30 minute tour of the rooms.

    Parking is just east of the house off 27th St. Don’t let the “no outlet” sign deter you.
    Written February 3, 2019
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