Saturday, June 23, 2012
LAST HURRAH- SITE SEEING FOR FUN
We took a quick little trip into the city to see a couple of things I had wanted to
see before we head home. It was great.
First stop was Georgetown. There are many famous Homes
in this area and I wanted to see some of these and I was impressed.
Dumbarton Oaks- this palatial home on 16 acres of land hosted big-power talks in 1944 to lay foundations for the creation of the United Nations.
The original home was built in 1801 and named by its owner after the Rock of Dumbarton in Scotland.
In 1940 it was given to Harvard College by Mildred and Robert Bliss
and contains a museum with an extensive collection of art, jewelry and archaeological relics.
Even the walls were beautiful.
This is the entrance to Tudor Place. This historic home is an imposing neo-clasical treat. Completed in
1816 it was home to Thomas Peter and his wife, Martha Custis Peter, a granddaughter of Martha and
President George Washington. Succeeding generaltions of the same family lived in Tudor place through 1983.
The surrounding homes are beautiful.
This is the entrance to DUMBARTON OAKS
Entrance to the main museum
Another buildingin the complex
I thought the brickwork was even magnificent. Curved bricks from the 1800's
there was a beautiful cemetary right next to the estate that had this lovely little church
more beautiful homes from Georgetown
This is the home that First Lady, Dolley Madison took temporary shelter in immediately after fleeing the White House as Bristish troops advanced on Washington in 1814.The Sec of the Navy wrote that he fled here with Dolley. At the time it was named Bellevue.
This is Dumbarton House, (unrelated to the Dumbarton Oaks estate)
also built in the closing yrs of the 18th century and is
filled with exquisite period furniture, portraits, porcelain and musical instruments. It is
now a museum and the headquarters of the National Society of the Colonial Dames
of America. Long-time Register of the Federal Treasure, Joseph Nourse, bought this mansion for $7500. in 1804.
The mainstreet in Georgetown. A Mecca of shopping and dining.
Georgetown is in the northwest slice of the District of Columbia and boasts
some of the ritziest homes, the quaintest boutiques, and the widest listing of restaurants.
Notable Americans have lived in Georgetown for almost 200 years.
John F Kenneday lived here as president-elect, And after his assassination Jacqueline Kennedy
returned to Georgetown. Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher, and Al Gore have also lived
Brownstones are the most common type of home in the area
Above and below: the home where President Kenneday lived while running for office.
The home where Jacqueline Kennedy lived after the assassination of her husband.