Dumbarton House Tour & WNDC Lunch
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
TIME: Meet at WNDC at 10:30 (share cab) or at Dumbarton House at 10:55 am (2715 Q Street NW) Tour begins at 11:00.
PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members (includes lunch); $15 Tour only
EVENT TYPE: Tour & Lunch (at WNDC)
A unique Federal style house located in Georgetown, Dumbarton House was constructed in 1798-99. Its first occupant was Joseph Nourse, the first Register of the Treasury. Now a house museum with about an acre of gardens, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and displays a fine collection of period decorative arts (furniture, silver, ceramics, etc.). Dumbarton House was purchased by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) for its headquarters in 1928, who created the name it has today. In addition to meeting its administrative needs, the NSCDA wanted to illustrate domestic life in Georgetown in the early federal period. To achieve this, its two principal floors were opened to the public as a museum in 1932, on the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. (Tour limited to 20 participants)