The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mansion Houses

Today we went to look at two mansions.  They were both within walking distance. The first stop was the Tudor Place. Tudor Place is a Federal-style mansion in Washington, D.C. that was originally the home of Thomas Peter and his wife,[3] Martha Parke Custis Peter, a granddaughter of Martha Washington. Step-grandfather George Washington left her the $8,000 in his will that was used to purchase the property in 1805. The property, comprising one city block on the crest of Georgetown Heights, had an excellent view of the Potomac River. A couple of famous people that visited and stayed there were Marquise Lafayette and Robert E. Lee.  From where they lived they saw the Capitol set on firer.  The home was owned by only one family for four generations and then turned over for a historical museum.  It is full of great family treasures.  It has period pieces from when it was built in 1815 to when it was made a historical landmark in 1960.  So you see the first radios and cameras as well as pieces that belonged to George Washington.  There are wonderful book collections.  There are over 5000 book there.  They charge to go through the house and they will not allow pictures to be taken inside.  So I came home and found a couple on the internet.  

The second place we visited was the Anderson's part time home.  It was free admission and was like visiting the Mansions in Europe.  It was spectacular.  When we rang the bell to enter the door opened and it was one of our students standing there.  We both were so surprised and so was Terry.  He was the tour guide for that particular hour.  He volunteers there once a month on a Saturday.  What would be the likely hood that we would get him on that Saturday and he would be up for the next tour. 
Anderson House, also known as Larz Anderson House, located at 2118 Massachusetts AvenueNW, on Embassy Row in the Dupont Circle neighborhood ofWashington, D.C., houses the Society of the Cincinnati's national headquarters, historic house museum, and research library. Anderson House was built between 1902 and 1905 as the winter residence of Larz Anderson, an American diplomat, and his wife, Isabel Weld Perkins, an author and American Red Cross volunteer. Architects Arthur Little and Herbert Browne of BostonMassachusetts designed Anderson House in the Beaux-Arts style. The Andersons used the house to entertain the social and political elite of America and abroad, as well as to showcase their collection of fine art and historic artifacts that the couple acquired in their extensive travels. The Andersons had no children. Following Larz Anderson's death in 1937, his widow donated the Anderson House and its contents to the Society of the Cincinnati, of which Larz Anderson had been a devoted member for more than forty years. The Society opened Anderson House as a museum in 1939. Anderson House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971

Mrs. Anderson

Larz Anderson

The rent this place our for weddings.  They had a wedding going on tonight. 

We had another fun day seeing the sites in Washington. 


  1. How cool! I think I like the Anderson home the best.

  2. The Anderson home is lovely!! Its amazing you haven't seen every site in DC yet!

  3. So much to see there! Amazing!