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The Tunnels & Trapdoors of Tudor Place

Join us for an unprecedented underground look into a Tudor Place the public never sees.

Walk below one of the most historic buildings in Georgetown in this rare tour into the tunnels and trapdoors of Tudor Place

Six generations of the Peter Family—from founders Thomas and Martha (George Washington's step-granddaughter) to their great-great-great grandson, Armistead Peter 3rd—were born, married, and died in the rooms of this National Historic Landmark in Georgetown.

Designed by the architect of the capitol (and the Octagon House) William Thornton, the house stayed in the family until 1983, when it was deeded over to the Tudor Place Foundation. It's one of America's last intact urban estates from the Federal Era.

Join Obscura Society DC, Curator Grant Quertermous, and Education Coordinator Laura Brandt for an exclusive underground, behind-closed-doors investigation of Tudor Place. Highlights will include: a fallout shelter constructed by owner Armistead Peter 3rd during the height of the Cold War, the so-called "dungeon," the kitchen's trapdoors, and other hidden spaces under this 5.5-acre property.

Plus, we will join the spirits of Tudor Place in enjoying wine and light snacks in the Conservatory.   

Additional Details

  • There will be a considerable amount of walking on this tour, some of which will be outside. Please dress for the weather.
  • This ticket includes admission to Tudor Place.
  • Tudor Place is accessible via DC Metro Bus, DC Circulator and walking distance from Metro train. For more information in regards to particular lines, follow this link.
  • Free 2-hour street parking available on 31st street.
  • This is a specialized tour of Tudor Place. For a regular guided tour, click here.
  • When arriving, enter through the main gates at 1644 31st Street and follow signs to the Visitor Center. This is where the tour will begin.  
  • This 21+ plus event.



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