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Dumbarton House

Built circa 1800, Dumbarton House is considered one of the finest examples of Federal period architecture in America. It was the home of Joseph Nourse, the first register of the U.S. Treasury, and his wife Maria between 1804 and 1813. Its next owner was Charles Carroll, a cousin of the signer of the Declaration of Independence. In the midst of the War of 1812, on August 24, 1814, he sent his carriage to fetch first lady Dolley Madison to safety as British troops marched on the capital and set fire to the White House. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America purchased the property in 1928. After restoring the house to its early 19th century character, the organization opened the historic house museum to the public. A visit to Dumbarton House offers guests a look at Federal period architecture, furniture, and decorative arts, as well as life in Georgetown during our nation's earliest days. Dumbarton House is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Year-Round, Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00AM to 3:00PM (last museum entry is 2:45PM). Guided Tours available by prior appointment, 202-337-2288. For holiday closures, please visit:

Adults/seniors $5; children & youth, free

Calendar of Events
Dec 11Tasting Thru Time: An Early American Christmas
Dec 13Tea with Santa
Dec 16 - Sep 16Chamber Music Recital

Plan Your Visit

Dumbarton House
2715 Q Street, NW
Washington, DC 20024
202-337-2288 phone

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