Take a Virtual Tour of Tudor Place

Enjoy a virtual visit to Tudor Place.

The words of past owners Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon and Armistead Peter 3rd will guide you on an inspiring video tour of Tudor Place Historic House & Garden.

Happy Holidays from Tudor Place 2020

Here at Tudor Place we had prepared an illuminated garden for you this December. But given the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in our region, and our deep concern for the health and safety of our visitors and staff, the outdoor “Merry & Bright: Tudor Place Garden at Night” event was canceled. We wish you Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing you next year.

Standing in Solidarity: A Message from Mark Hudson, Executive Director

Events of the past week serve as painful reminders of our nation’s legacy of racism and the struggles that remain with us today. As an historic site that bears the scars of slavery, Tudor Place seeks to look this injustice in the eye. In acknowledging this part of our story, we pursue a common understanding that may help our nation and our community transcend its troubled past.

We mourn for all those who have suffered at the violent hand of racism and stand with those whose voices cry out for justice, longing for the day when protests will no longer be needed.

-Mark S. Hudson
Executive Director

New Gifts: Keep Busy Boxes

New Gifts at Tudor Place: Keep Busy Boxes

Support Tudor Place when you purchase a limited edition Keep Busy Box. Each care package includes an exclusive selection of items from the Museum Shop.

Prices include tax and shipping.


The Local Enthusiast $50

*Embassy Row Puzzle (100 pieces)
*Cherry notecards
*Homegrown Loofah from the Tudor Place Garden


The Tudor Place Fan $30

*Tudor Place Puzzle (54 pieces)
*Tudor Place Souvenir Book
*Blank notecard featuring Tudor Place South Façade
*Tudor Place Magnet


The Tea Lover $50

*Blackberry Tea Tin
*C.S. Lewis Mugmat
*Tudor Place Mug


The Book Lover $65

*Tudor Place Souvenir Book
*Literary Circles of Washington DC
*The Washingtons by Flora Fraser


The Garden Enthusiast $35

*Homegrown Black Eyed Susan and Cleome Seeds
*Harvest Log notepad
*Homegrown Loofah from the Tudor Place Garden

Taking Time to Notice

Tudor Place is launching a month-long initiative that will run from April 15 to May 15 as part of City Nature Month, Earth Day and National Public Gardens Week. Tudor Place will post activities and lessons, chat with students in their new home classrooms and share moments captured in the garden.

Look for updates from Tudor Place on the Education at Home portal and on social media.

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a unifying movement of parents, students, scientists and concerned citizens that began when Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson called on Americans to care for both the natural world and their neighbors.

In 2020, naturalists and horticulture hobbyists provide sound advice: go outside and look.

Notice the details and changes in the natural world around. Even if that means just beyond the doorstep.

Tudor Place partners with iNaturalist, City Nature Challenge and the American Public Gardens Association. Each organization embraces the healing power of nature. iNaturalist is a platform that crowdsources professional plant identifications, using photos by everyday citizens to create a worldwide scientific catalog. City Nature Challenge encourages stewardship of the natural world in urban spaces. The American Public Gardens Association is committed to making gardens inclusive public spaces.

These organizations rely on professional knowledge and citizen science – they need everyday observers.

The request, in the end, is simple: sit back, take a moment, and notice.

COVID-19 Update


We consider the welfare and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers to be our first priority. In response to concerns about the COVID-19 virus,

Tudor Place is closed through July 31.

Check our Education at Home portal for an array of activities, crafts and more updated weekly.

Mark recently participated in a panel discussion about the future of historic house museums in the wake of Covid-19. Organized by Dumbarton House, the panel included their Executive Director, Karen Daly, and Erin Carlson Mast, CEO of President’s Lincoln’s Cottage.

You are a vital part of keeping Tudor Place a site of discovery, curiosity and learning today and for generations to come. In times such as these, we are ever more grateful for our extended network of friends, family and supporters who continue to stand alongside us. Brighter days lie ahead.

Thank you for supporting Tudor Place.



2018 Tudor Place Annual Report

APGA Garden Cognoscenti Visit Tudor Place

Think of it this way — a group of famous interior designers stop by to check out the inside of your house.

Tudor Place had the garden equivalent on June 20, when the national conference of the American Public Gardens Association came to town, and a breakfast tour of the Tudor Place gardens was on the agenda.

The steamy heat scared off some of the would-be wanderers, but it takes a lot to deter horticulturists who are used to working outdoors in all seasons.

Director of Buildings, Gardens & Grounds Josh Meyer gave an introduction to the historic garden, with stories of the varied ways the spaces were used by six generations of the Peter family.

Here the group is standing on what was once the long entrance driveway for horses and carriages.

Touring the North Garden with its series of garden rooms, like the Box Knot studded with roses and lavender.


Then on to the sloping South Lawn, passing the Conservatory where the citrus trees, clivias and cycads spend the winter.


Tudor Place was proud to be an APGA Conference Partner for the gathering of 1,100 staff from public gardens around the country.

Tudor Place gardeners weren’t the only ones prepping for the scrutiny of their horticultural peers. Find out what Josh Meyer, and the heads of other local gardens, told Washington Gardener magazine about how they got ready for the big APGA week.


Stars and Stripes–Tudor Place Riddled with Military History

The U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes received an introduction to the military history of the Peter family and Tudor Place from Executive Director Mark Hudson and Curator Grant Quertermous.

Tudor Place is a Blue Star museum, and is free for active U.S. military and their families from Armed Forces Day (the third Saturday in May) until Labor Day each year.

Tudor Place also honors all active and retired service families with this offer on Veterans Day, November 11.

Tudor Place is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours begin on the hour and the last daily tour starts at 3 p.m. Reserve tours online or at the Visitor Center.

The Washington Post– It took this artist two years — and tiny brushes — to create bird’s-eye views of D.C.

Artist-in-Residence Peter Waddell used his historical knowledge and artistic skill to create two paintings of the Federal City — as dreamed by L’Enfant and Washington, and how it was built by 1825.

Read the full article that appeared in the Washington Post here: