HIS­TORIC HOUSES

Where Washington - - SUMMER GUIDE -

DUM­BAR­TON OAKS MU­SEUM AND GAR­DENS

Site of the United Na­tions 1944 be­gin­nings. A 19th­cen­tury manse (re­cently ren­o­vated) plus Philip John­son­de­signed pavil­ion. Li­brary for Byzan­tine, pre- Columbian and gar­den stud­ies. Gift shop. Mu­seum: Tues.-Sun. 11:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. Ten-acre for­mal gar­dens: Tues.-Sun. 2- 6 p.m. (closes July 10 for ren­o­va­tions). Mu­seum free. Gar­dens $10, se­niors $8, stu­dents/chil­dren (12 and un­der) $5. Ar­range in ad­vance for guided tours. 1703 32nd St. NW, 202.339.6400

FRED­ER­ICK DOUGLASS NATIONAL HIS­TORIC SITE

Hill­top res­i­dence of the 19th- cen­tury or­a­tor and abo­li­tion­ist, re­stored to its 1895 ap­pear­ance with orig­i­nal ob­jects. By guided tour only. Re­serve in ad­vance by call­ing or vis­it­ing web­site. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1411 W St. SE, 202.426.5961 Metro: Ana­cos­tia

HILL­WOOD ES­TATE, MU­SE­UMS AND GAR­DENS

Ce­real heiress Mar­jorie Mer­ri­weather Post’s res­i­dence with her czarist trea­sures, jew­elry. Guided, au­dio, printed tours of mansion and gar­dens plus “spe­cial ac­cess” tours. Teas. “Friends and Fash­ion: An Amer­i­can Diplo­mat in 1820s Rus­sia,” wa­ter­col­ors cap­tur­ing en­voy life in St. Peters­burg, through

June 11. “Spec­tac­u­lar Gems and Jew­elry from the Mer­ri­weather Post Col­lec­tion,” nearly 60 pieces from the ce­real heiress’ ex­quis­ite bauble col­lec­tion, open

ing June 10. Cafe, gift shop. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $18, se­niors $15, col­lege stu­dents $10, chil­dren (6-18) $5, un­der 6 free. Park­ing. 4155 Lin­nean Ave. NW, 202.686.5807

MOUNT VER­NON

Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s hill­top home by the Po­tomac River, with 14 rooms fur­nished per a 1799 in­ven­tory, plus “Chintz Room.” The first cou­ple’s tomb, gar­dens, black­smith shop, 16-sided tread­ing barn, re­con­structed slave cabin. High-tech Ford Ori­en­ta­tion Cen­ter and Don­ald W. Reynolds Mu­seum and Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter. Tours in­clude “National Treasure” and slave life. “Lives Bound To­gether: Slav­ery at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s Mount Ver­non,” ar­ti­facts (many ex­ca­vated from the grounds) high­light­ing 19 en­slaved peo­ple and their re­la­tion­ship with the first pres­i­dent, on­go­ing. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $20, se­niors $19, chil­dren (6-11) $10, un­der 6 free. Dis­count pack­ages avail­able. Ad­mis­sion price in­cludes dis­tillery and grist­mill three miles away. Six­teen miles south of D.C. via G.W. Me­mo­rial Park­way, Alexandria, Va., 703.780.2000

PRES­I­DENT LIN­COLN’S COT­TAGE

Re­stored re­treat where Lin­coln drafted the Eman­ci­pa­tion Procla­ma­tion, site deemed a national monu- ment by Bill Clin­ton in 2000. Ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter. Guided tours only, reservations on­line. “Amer­i­can By Be­lief,” the 16th pres­i­dent’s poli­cies fea­tur­ing the im­mi­gra­tion act signed into law by Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan in 1986, ongo

ing. Mon.-Sat. first tour 10 a.m., last tour 3 p.m. Vis­i­tor Cen­ter 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Sun. first tour 11 a.m., last tour 3 p.m. Vis­i­tor Cen­ter 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m. $15, mil­i­tary $12, chil­dren (6-12) $5. 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, 202.829.0436

THE PRES­I­DENT WOODROW WILSON HOUSE

The 1920s time cap­sule home to the 28th pres­i­dent af­ter the White House. Ob­jects owned by or given to Wilson dur­ing his pres­i­dency. Monthly vin­tage game nights en­cour­ag­ing pe­riod at­tire. Check web­site for sched­ule. Wed.-Sun. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. $10, se­niors $8, stu­dents $5, un­der 12 free. 2340 S St. NW, 202.387.4062

SEWALL- BEL­MONT HOUSE

Now a fem­i­nist mu­seum and li­brary, Capi­tol Hill’s old­est house (1798, with parts dat­ing to 1680), once the home of suf­fragette Alice Paul, drafter of the Equal Rights Amend­ment. HQ to the National Woman’s Party. Tours Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. ADA ac­ces­si­ble. Gift shop. $8, mem­bers/un­der 7 free. En­trance on 2nd St. next to Hart Se­nate Of­fice Build­ing. 2nd St. NE & Con­sti­tu­tion Ave. NE, 202.546.1210 Metro: Union Sta­tion

TU­DOR PLACE

Neo­clas­si­cal (1816) Ge­orge­town mansion, home of Martha Wash­ing­ton’s grand­daugh­ter, and 5.5-acre gar­dens. National His­toric Land­mark with largest col­lec­tion of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s per­sonal items other than at Mount Ver­non. Gar­den tours ($3). Guided tours on the hour. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Sun. noon- 4 p.m. $10, se­niors/ col­lege stu­dents/mil­i­tary $8, stu­dents (5-17) $3, un­der 5 free. Self- guided gar­de­nonly tour $3. 1644 31st St. NW, 202.965.0400

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