Garden Party 2016

2016 Garden Party Honors Tudor Place on Its Bicentennial

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The 24th Annual Garden Party to support Tudor Place will take place on May 25, 2016, celebrating a rare American milestone, the National Historic Landmark’s year-long Bicentennial, with a party for 500 under an elegant lawn tent in the estate’s 5½-acre garden. Chaired by Ms. Marcia V. Mayo, the event recognizes the 200th anniversary by naming as honoree Tudor Place itself. Now a historic house museum and garden, the estate was completed in 1816 by Martha Parke Custis-Peter, a granddaughter of Martha Washington, and her husband Thomas Peter, a prominent Georgetown landowner and investor.

The music-filled evening runs from 6 to 9 o’clock p.m. and will showcase, in addition to the historic landscape, the 1919 Pierce-Arrow motor car and the elegant, art-filled rooms of the 1816 neoclassical mansion. The event is also known for its “exhibition” of hats, from elegant to fanciful, worn by many guests. Attendees will include Georgetown and Washington civic leaders, trustees, donors, and other supporters, neighbors and friends of the museum, and members of the Diplomatic Host Committee, so far consisting of ambassadors for the nations of Denmark, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Members of the Washington National Opera Young Artist Program will perform with costumes and repertoire reflecting the estate’s early American origins.

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden hosts more than 23,000 visitors annually, with education programs that serve more than 3,000 school children each year from schools in D.C. and surrounding communities with a living classroom on American history, the environment, architecture and other subjects. The Garden Party is the institution’s most important fundraiser of the year.

Arrival and Parking Information

Welcome! The party is from 6 o’clock to 9 o’clock on Wednesday, May 25, rain or shine. Enter through the main gate on 31st Street.

Are last-minute tickets available?

Yes. Easiest is to buy online.

Where do I park?

All guest parking  is in the reserved GARDEN PARTY LOT at 2233 Wisconsin Avenue NW (next to Einstein Bros. Bagels), between W Street and Hall Place — look for the gray/blue “Atlantic Parking” sign. Shuttles will transport guests between this lot and Tudor Place. View map.

We recommend taxis or ride services like Uber and Lyft. There will be no parking at Tudor Place.

Can I drop off guests at the party entrance?

Absolutely! Prior to parking, please bring guests to the main gate where ushers will await them and all shuttle arrivals. The Tudor Place main gate, 1644 31st Street NW, between Q & R Streets. Drivers can then proceed to the Garden Party Lot before rejoining their party. View map.

Is there valet parking?

There will be NO VALET PARKING for this event, in accordance with neighborhood zoning restrictions.

What if I have a question?

We’re party-prepping away from our desks, so call us:

  • regarding the guest list, call Felice, 202.580.7321.
  • regarding sponsorships, vendors, and other party-related matters, call Mary-Michael, 202.580.7323.
See 2015 Garden Party photos: Facebook · Flickr · Washington Life · Capitol File.
Continue the celebration!

The elegant Garden Party marquee remains for an additional event on May 26, a Landmark Society luncheon featuring Carol Joynt’s Q&A Cafe on Southern entertaining, with author Julia Reed.