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Washington, D.C.

Obscura Day 2016: Legends of the Octagon House

Join us as we go behind-the-scenes after hours at the District's most notorious house.

Designed by the US Capitol's architect William Thornton, the Octagon House has had more than its fair share of tragedies and mysterious deaths.

Completed in 1800 for Colonel John Tayloe, the odd six-sided house was one of the only buildings spared in the city when the British burned Washington in 1814. After the destruction of the White House, the home became a temporary residence for the President Madison and the First Lady. Through the years, the house has seen much tragedy, including the supposed deaths of two of Tayloe's daughters. It's also where the Treaty of Ghent was signed ending the War of 1812.

Join us on Obscura Day for an exclusive curated tour from Octagon House Manager Teresa Martinez. We will explore the history and unique architecture of the house, and discover how it earned it's deathly reputation. We will be given the privilege of seeing parts of the house that are not open to the public and have been recently renovated.

We will end the tour with a glass of home-brewed ginger beer, a favorite treat of architect William Thornton.

Details -

Location: The Octagon House, 1799 New York Ave. Northwest

Cost: $18

Time: 9:30 AM to 11 AM

Notes for this adventure:

- We will meet in the lobby at 9:30 AM. The program will start promptly.

- Part of the proceeds will be donated to the Octagon Museum. 

- The closest Metro to the Octagon is Farragut West on the Blue, Orange and Silver Lines.

- Street parking is available, though he recommend public transportation.

- This event is family-friendly!

- After a day full of exploring, join us at Georgetown's Tudor Place for music, drinks, and merriment! Click here for information and tickets.

All ticket sales are final. Please direct any questions or concerns to Fiona Clem at [email protected].