Tudor Place

Tudor Place is a historic home in Georgetown that was built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter and her husband in 1816. What sets it apart from other historic houses is that it remained in the same family for six generations. It appears as it did when the last generation lived there from the 1920s to the 1983.

The family preserved many of Tudor Place’s historic features and adapted them for modern use, such as the light in the room below, which has been wired for electricity.

The closet in this bedroom contains vintage dresses (possibly 1950s), but unfortunately, it was too dark to photograph them.

Due to the Washington connection, there are paintings of George Washington and objects from Mount Vernon in the house (not this tea set, as far as I know). The Marquis de Lafayette once visited, and gifted the family with a portrait of himself that still hangs in the room where the family first placed it.



Printed Textile Exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg

Ana and I drove to Colonial Williamsburg yesterday to see an exhibit on printed fashions. Although the museum is large, the textile exhibit was smaller than I expected: one room, with about five pieces of clothing on mannequins and other pieces of fabric in display cases.

I definitely had a favorite:

This dress was made in England in 1785, of cotton and linen. I really like the color combination.

Also, Williamsburg is beautiful in the fall, like something out of a painting. My photo doesn’t do it justice.

Random Thoughts

  • As we were driving home from Dunkirk earlier this month, Ben and I accidentally discovered a resort that’s about 2 1/2 hours from Alexandria. We stopped for dinner, not realizing that the restaurant that I’d found on Google was part of a place called Bedford Springs. It’s a luxury resort in the mountains with a spa and a heated mineral springs pool. We ate outside next to the fire pit at the Frontier Tavern. I love fire pits.
  • I’ve been making up for my lack of sightseeing lately. I visited Tudor Place and Woodlawn Plantation last weekend (posts on those are coming up).
  • Ben and I went to see the new Kingsman movie. Two thumbs up (except for the stereotypical portrayal of Americans…but we probably deserve it).