Rethinking the story of Orton Williams and Walter G. Peter

by David White, Docent

The history of Tudor Place includes unresolved questions. One such mystery concerns two Peter family cousins—Orton Williams and Walter Gibson Peter—Confederate officers who were convicted by a Union court martial of being spies and hanged. To this day there are questions of whether they were indeed spies or were engaged in some other mission.

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Nation’s Capital Blessed with Wondrous Gardens

Charleston Gazette-Mail

by David Zuchowski WV Travel Team | July 9, 2022


WASHINGTON — Our nation’s capital, some 370 miles from Charleston, has seemingly an endless list of attractions, museums and monuments that can keep you busy for days.  But one type of attraction that often goes unnoticed is the wonderful gardens, which offer a refreshing outdoor alternative with fewer crowds than they deserve.

As playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “The best place to find God is a garden.”  On a recent visit, I took Shaw up on his word and visited four of the capital’s loveliest gardens.  It was a refreshing change from the usual (but wonderful) places many tourists often visit.  I began my visit at Tudor Place, originally the home of Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Parke Custis Peter.

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