Press Release: Tudor Place Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program

Press Release 

April 13, 2021         

Washington, DC – Tudor Place Historic House & Garden has been selected for the year-long national Museum Assessment Program (MAP), administered by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Through guided self-study assessment and on-site consultation with a museum professional, Tudor Place’s participation in MAP 3 supports its new strategic plan focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. “Through this assessment, we hope to better understand the needs of the people in our community in order to serve them better,” said Executive Director Mark Hudson.

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Photo: Drawing by Artist-in-Residence, Peter Waddell.

Press Release: Tudor Place Reopens Its Doors

Press Release 

April 6, 2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Washington, DC — Tudor Place reopens the Historic House & Garden on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. beginning Saturday, April 10. A model of Federal-period architecture in the nation’s capital, Tudor Place shares the stories of multiple generations of Martha Washington’s descendants and the enslaved workers and servants who lived and worked here. With over 18,000 objects, including the largest Washington Collection outside of Mount Vernon, Tudor Place sits on 5 ½ acres in the heart of Georgetown.  Admission is free with a timed ticket entry. One ticket offers three options: (1) Self-guided tour of the Historic House (2) Garden visit or (3) both. For tickets scheduled at 3:00 p.m., the grounds close at 4:00 p.m. Entry after 3:30 p.m. will not be permitted.

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Press Release: Tudor Place Announces 29th Annual Garden Party

Press Release

March 2, 2021

Washington, DC Executive Director Mark Hudson and President of the Board Mary Moffett Keaney are pleased to announce that the 29th Annual Garden Party at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden will take place on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Tudor Place was completed in 1816 by Martha Parke Custis Peter, a granddaughter of Martha Washington, and her husband Thomas Peter. Owned by six generations of the Peter family for nearly 200 years, it opened as a public museum in October 1988.

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Alessandra Branca to Headline Garden Party Tent Landmark Luncheon

May 24 is the Renowned Designer’s Sole D.C. Appearance

CONTACT

202.580.7329 | press@tudorplace.org

Washington, DC –International designer Alessandra Branca will headline the Landmark Luncheon in the Garden Party tent on May 24, following Tudor Place’s annual Spring Garden Party, on May 23. A 2018 Kips Bay Show House designer known for dramatic fabrics and interiors that blend the classic and the everyday, Branca makes this exclusive D.C. appearance in honor of her friend, the late Elizabeth Powell, whose memory the Garden Party likewise honors. Powell’s 18th-century Georgetown home was one of Branca’s signature projects and featured in Veranda magazine.

The luncheon begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, on the Tudor Place South Lawn. Tickets and details can be obtained here. The elegantly catered event will conclude at 2 p.m. Capacity is limited, so early booking is recommended.

Born and raised in Rome and now based in Chicago, Branca learned early how to mix classical beauty into everyday surroundings. Her design firm, founded more than 25 years ago, is known for fusing the chic workmanship of a couturier with energy and practicality in individual designs. In addition to residential clients, Branca works with commercial properties including clubs, restaurants and hotels, and has developed fabric, furniture, and tabletop collections for her eponymous Casa Branca line.

Branca’s work has been profiled in Architectural Digest, Departures, Town & Country, the New York Times, and Elle Décor, and she has appeared on Elle Décor’s A-List every year since 2011 as well as House Beautiful’s Master Class. The author of New Classic Interiors, Branca is working on her second book, due in 2019. With nearly 50,000 following @abranca on Instagram, her singular view on design, art, travel and culture make her one of the most popular tastemakers in her field today.

Tudor Place Landmark Lectures, offered throughout the year, explore topics in history, horticulture, architecture, art and the decorative arts inspired by the unparalleled collections, buildings and landscape of the National Historic Landmark site. The annual post-Garden Party luncheon, held in the event’s beautiful marquee on the South Lawn since 2015, has become a popular social occasion and opportunity to hear from modern tastemakers.

Tudor Place Celebrates 30 Years of Open Doors

30th Anniversary house image

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Time sleeps and his scythe is broken for those who live in this house.
— Armistead Peter 3rd, last private owner of Tudor Place

Washington, DC –The house and garden at Tudor Place suggest a timelessness that is only partly accurate. As an estate, it’s survived more than two centuries and served six generations of one family. As a public museum, though, it’s an up-and-comer, an adolescent on a growth spurt with admired and award-winning education, collections, and research programs. Loyal support from members and donors since its 1988 opening has advanced the museum’s mission of bringing people closer to their own stories and the American story.

Unlike most historic houses, Tudor Place presents not one specific era or topic, but six generations of public and private life, indoors and out, from the agricultural era to the Cold War. No head count can be found for the museum’s inaugural house tour, on October 8, 1988. What can be known is that the site, which in its first three years combined served just 25,000 visitors, now hosts almost that many every year. Of 400,000 counted since 1988, more than a quarter, 121,820, visited since 2013. They include more than 3,000 pre-K-through-high school students annually.

When the museum was new, “the typical visitor was a Washingtonian,” often from the neighborhood, said Elizabeth Taylor, a former economist who delivered the museum’s first tour and still serves as a docent. Today, the museum attracts visitors from across and beyond the United States, as well. In 2017, TripAdvisor listed Tudor Place among the top 100 Things to Do in Washington (number 72 at press time), a rare accolade for a small site among more than 500 competing listings.

In addition to guided tours, a full calendar of public programs gives locals and members more reasons to visit and to return. The museum is known for innovative education and public programs for all ages, supported by a cohort of roughly 50 docents and garden and program volunteers. Its field trip modules meet standards of learning in several disciplines for both one-time visits and year-long partnerships. community favorites like Eggstravaganza, the Earth Day plant sale and picnic, and Tudor Nights themed evenings rank alongside meaty staples like Landmark Society lectures, weekly enrichment programs for tots, and garden programs from guided tours to botanical art classes. The annual spring garden party, first hosted by the Peters in the 1960s, is now a staple of Washington’s social season and the museum’s largest single fundraiser.

Tudor Place enters its third century with a Master Preservation Plan to ensure the future of collections and archive and foster sustainability in building landscape management. The museum has made great strides in 30 years to assess its collection and archive and plan for their future maintenance. When the museum opened, the collection was only partially plumbed; surprises and unlabeled treasures lay in boxes and unopened trunks stacked in closets, back rooms, and attics. More than 200,000 archival items and 15,000 objects now have been assessed, catalogued, and formally accessioned, as have thousands of trees, shrubs, and plants across the five-and-a-half-acre site, enriching interpretation and the visitor experience.

The staff increasingly extends interpretation off-site, as well, through lectures around the region and staff appearances on C-Span and other media. The publication in 2016 of “Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here, in collaboration with the White House Historical Association, also broadens access to the treasures housed here.

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Tudor Place South Facade

ABOUT TUDOR PLACE: America’s story lives here! Having celebrated its 2016 Bicentennial, Tudor Place is one of the nation’s finest and best preserved neoclassical estates, built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter and lived in by six generations of her family. Through landscape, architecture, and collections, it tells the story of a family and their young nation, showcasing American design, labor, politics, and technology from the agricultural to the digital age. The William Thornton-designed historic house features furnishings, art, and domestic artifacts collected and used by a family and their enslaved workers and servants over 200 years. In the 5½-acre garden, dotted among varied garden “rooms” and landscape features, visitors will find a 1919 Pierce-Arrow motorcar and the District’s oldest exhibited smoke house. House tours are offered hourly, Tuesday through Sunday.

At Brews, Booze & Bites Festival, Food History’s on the Menu

[updated September 6, 2017]

WASHINGTON, DC – Georgetown – An upcoming festival at Tudor Place in Georgetown will feature heritage food and drink, outdoor music and games, and their ties to local history. Brews, Booze & Bites, from 1 to 4 p.m. on September 16, will bring more than 20 purveyors of artisanal and local food, drinks, desserts and music to the historic Georgetown estate’s rolling South Lawn. A single ticket — $30 for members; $35 general; discounts available for groups of 6+ — covers all, including:

  • a full menu of sips and tastings in the historic garden;
  • two guided food tours focused on indoor and outdoor food traditions;
  • traditional American lawn games;
  • live music performed by the Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers; and
  • free keepsake tasting glass.

The menu includes a side of history with every satisfying bite or sip, highlighting local history, foodways, and Tudor Place tie-ins for everything from barbecue, oysters, bruschetta, honey, olive oil, and vegetarian sushi, to ice cream, pastries, beer, cider, whiskey and spirits. (Confirmed vendors listed below.)

This is the second annual fall food festival at Tudor Place; the first, in October 2016, commemorated the site’s bicentennial. Food history and land use has been intertwined with the history of Tudor Place since the day in 1805 when it was purchased by the Peter family as 8½ acres of farmland. Completed in 1816 and lived in by six generations of one family, the house and landscaped garden on 5½ acres are now a museum with a collection including food and agriculture implements, lore, and documents including recipe books and planting notes.

Brews, Booze & Bites will take place rain or shine. Admission is limited to ages 21 and older. Registration is recommended, and can be purchased here. Discounts are available for groups of six or more.

Contacts and Registration
  • Register.
  • For vendor information, email us.
  • For group discounts, email or call 202.580.7321.
  • For press inquiries, email or call Mandy Katz, 202.486.7645.
Tour Schedule
  • Outdoor Edibles – 1 and 3 p.m
  • Follow the Bacon house tour – 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Confirmed Performers and Purveyors

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Tudor Place Book Wins Prestigious Awards

Tudor Place is the product of all our different pasts. Its artifacts, images, voices, and ghosts—even the all-knowing tulip poplar—carry us back to our own origins as people and as a nation.

Joseph Ellis, Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here, Foreword

WASHINGTON, DCTudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here, the first full-length book on the Tudor Place estate, collections, and history, has received two prestigious prizes. Deemed “Best Regional Non-Fiction (Mid-Atlantic)” in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, the book was also named top regional title in the Independent Book Publishers Association’s 29th Annual Ben Franklin Awards. Covering the people, collections, architecture, and landscape of the National Historic Landmark, the book was published jointly in fall 2016 by the Tudor Place Foundation and the White House Historical Association. It richly chronicles life on the Georgetown estate that was home to six generations of one family descended from Martha Washington.

“We are proud of the book and pleased to see this recognition from the publishing industry,” said Executive Director Mark Hudson. “A historical study and catalog of the collections, it also makes a beautiful coffee table book and appeals to readers with a variety of interests.” he added. (Hudson said as much in December 2016 to The Washington Post.)

The IBPA awards are one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. The Independent Publishers’ “IPPY” Awards, the world’s largest international and regional book awards competition, recognize exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles. This year’s winners, selected from among 5,000 entries, will be celebrated May 30 during the annual BookExpo convention in New York. “One word to describe this year’s IPPY medal-winning books is vivid,” said awards director Jim Barnes – an adjective that certainly applies to the Tudor Place book’s stunning historic prints and images by photographer Bruce M. White as well as the accompanying essays.

Edited by former Tudor Place Executive Director Leslie L. Buhler, the text includes essays by Architect Emeritus of the U.S. Capitol William C. Allen, landscape historian Patricia Marie O’Donnell, and Buhler and former Tudor Place Curator Erin Kuykendall. The foreword is by historian Joseph J. Ellis. White’s arresting photographs appear alongside historic maps, prints and photographsfrom the Tudor Place and other archives.

Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here can be purchased at the Tudor Place Museum Shop, the museum’s online shop, through the White House Historical Association, and on Amazon.com.

Buy It Now

25th Annual Garden Party Set for May 24, 2017

CONTACT

INVITATIONS

Development Director Mary Michael Wachur Invitations have been mailed,
202.580.7323 | mwachur@tudorplace.org please register online.
Communications Director Mandy Katz
202.580.7329 | mkatz@tudorplace.org

 Ticket Info

Washington, DC – Blair Bourne and Sassy Jacobs will chair the 25th Annual Spring Garden Party at Tudor Place, the 1816 National Historic Landmark estate in Washington’s Georgetown Historic District. The popular event is the museum’s most significant annual fundraiser, supporting education, operations, and preservation of the historic house and the 5½-acre landscape where the party takes place.

Co-Chairs Sassy Jacobs (top left) and Blair Bourne to honor Tim Matz (below).

Chairs Sassy Jacobs (top left) + Blair Bourne to honor Tim Matz.

Cousins, Co-Chairs Blair and Sassy previously served as members of the Garden Party Committee, and Sassy — in one of her first jobs — scheduled events and weddings here as a Tudor Place employee. Gala honoree Timothy B. Matz is a loyal and longtime friend and supporter of the museum. A partner in the law firm of Silver, Freedman, Taff & Tiernan, Tim served on the museum’s Board of Trustees from 2006-2014, serving two terms as board president. He also led the search committee that selected Mark Hudson to succeed retiring Executive Director Leslie Buhler in 2015.

More than 25,000 members of the public visited Tudor Place during its Bicentennial year, 2016. The site opened to the public as a museum in 1985 following nearly two centuries of ownership by a single family descended from Martha Washington.

Tours and education programs serve more than 3,000 school children each year from D.C. and nearby communities, including numerous Title I schools, and serve as a living classroom for all ages on history, the environment, art, and architecture.

Funds raised at the Garden Party support these programs, as well as award-winning conservation, archaeological research, and advanced horticultural practices in one of the District’s best preserved green spaces.

Party Like It’s 1816! May 25 Gala to Feature Historic Personages + Vintage Motor Car

Media Advisory
May 18, 2016
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Lavishly Honoring the Bicentennial of American Treasure Tudor Place

May 25, 2016 | 6 – 9 p.m.

Washington, DC–Traditional Georgetown understatement will be nowhere in attendance at the annual Garden Party fundraiser for Tudor Place this Wednesday, May 25, when 500 guests are expected to celebrate the site’s Bicentennial in grand style. Along with philanthropists, elected officials, donors, diplomats from 10 countries, and others, “historic attendees” will include Tudor Place’s founders and their servants, kin, and famous friends including the Marquis de Lafayette; John Luckett, who escaped both slavery and the Union Army before working at “Tudor;” and the first President himself, “Grandfather” George Washington.

Party Chair Marcia V. Mayo has spared no extravagance of imagination for this music-filled evening adorned with lush lighting, abundant blooms and costumed interpreters representing fascinating personages from the site’s storied past.

Pierce-Arrow grill and hood ornament

Automotive Special Appearance: 1919 Pierce-Arrow

Members of the press wishing to cover this lavish event and/or extensive preparations for it in the days preceding are asked to contact us now.

In ardent supporter and museum Trustee Ms. Mayo, Tudor Place has found an extraordinary chairperson to mark an extraordinary milestone, the 200th anniversary of an immaculately preserved American house and garden.In keeping with the site’s slogan, America’s Story Lives Here, she has created an event to evoke the site’s storied history and key figures who helped shape it.

In addition to unusual people and lavish music, spectacular cars will feature at the event. As guests enter, they can enjoy examining the museum’s dashing 1919 Pierce-Arrow motorcar, relocated to the front of the historic house (weather permitting) for special viewing. As they depart, they will be met by the fantastically patterned “Lilly Jeep” from Lilly Pulitzer, which opens its Georgetown boutique this week. In between, they can mingle in the five-and-a-half-acre garden, reception rooms of the historic house, and the elegant South Lawn dining marquee dripping with chandeliers and blooms.

TO SEE AND HEAR:collage of Garden Party hats

  • Costumed interpreters representing the historic estate’s past owners, servants, and famous guests, with cast and costumes by Washington National Opera
  • Performers from the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
  • Original, custom-built 1919 Pierce-Arrow motor car and Lilly Jeep.
  • 5 ½ acres of historical gardens and elegant event marquee on South Lawn.
  • Hats.

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 6-9 pm

WHERE: 1644 31st St. NW, Washington, DC 20007

ABOUT TUDOR PLACE & THE GARDEN PARTY:

Garden Party guest in North Garden

The annual Garden Party, now in its 24th year, is the most significant annual fundraiser for Tudor Place, one of the nation’s first National Historic Landmarks. Tudor Place Foundation since 1983 has preserved and operated the National Historic Landmark as a museum. Its historic landscape, buildings, collections, and archive comprise one of the nation’s largest and most intact urban estates from the Federal era. Cultivated since the 18th century, the landscape provides a living history of American land use over time and a rare expanse of green space in the urban environment. The house and collections, including more than 200 objects owned by George and Martha Washington, mark American progress and change from the agricultural to the digital age, an unparalleled record of social, cultural, political, and labor history.

As a pioneer in historic horticulture and sustainable public gardening, the Tudor Place landscape serves as a learning laboratory for school groups, garden clubs, artists, researchers, and horticulturalists. More than 23,000 people visit the house and garden each year, including more than 3,000 school-aged children from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, many in Title I schools.

Pierce-Arrow image by Bruce White.
North Garden image by James Brantley.