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Where They Lived, Where They Lie

The story of the lives and deaths of Georgetown's illustrious Peter family.

If these walls could talk, they would tell extraordinary tales about those who called Tudor Place home for nearly two centuries.

Six generations of the Peter Family— from founders Thomas and Martha (George Washington's step-grand-daughter) to their great-great-great grandson, Armistead Peter III—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 home 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 Tudor Place staff for a behind-the-scenes visit to this generations-old mansion and the nearby historic Oak Hill Cemetery, where many of the Peter family descendants rest eternally. Spaces and objects not typically on view will be shown as part of this special tour.


  • This tour will have a considerable amount of walking, including a 1/2-mile stroll to Oak Hill Cemetery.
  • Tudor Place is accessible via DC Metro Bus, DC Circulator and is walking distance from the Rosslyn Metro station. For more information, go here.
  • For those who are driving, there's free two-hour street parking available on 31st Street.
  • When arriving, enter through the main gates at 1644 31st Street and follow signs to the Visitor Center. This is where the program will begin.  


Contact Matt Blitz at matt@atlasobscura.com.

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