Tudor Place was built in 1805 by the granddaughter of Martha Washington (i.e. the step-granddaughter of our first president). To celebrate George Washington’s birthday today, Tudor Place is holding a celebration of our presidents:
Celebrate our country’s Presidents at Tudor Place. Families enjoy an interactive tour of the 1816 mansion and children’s crafts, including an art workshop with Tudor Place Artist-in-Residence Peter Waddell. George Washington’s 1775 letter to Martha Washington will be on public viewing for this day only. The letter, written on the eve of Washington’s departure from Philadelphia to take command of the Continental Army, reveals the human and sentimental side of this revered hero. Martha Washington herself will read the letter at 11:00! After the reading, join Martha for a traditional tea ceremony featuring her famous pound cake! Artifacts and manuscripts from other Presidents will also be on view.
Sure, Mount Vernon would seem to be a more appropriate place to celebrate Washington, but that’s all the way down in Virginia! Why not take in one of Georgetown’s most elegant estates instead.