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Decatur House

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Address: 748 Jackson Pl NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4912
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Right across from the White House, this is one of the oldest surviving...

Right across from the White House, this is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington DC and was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

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One of the oldest surviving houses in Washington, D.C.

In the rush to see the U.S Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and the many museums and historical sites along the National Mall, the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the rush to see the U.S Capitol, White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial and the many museums and historical sites along the National Mall, the Decatur House is usually overlooked. But one of the oldest surviving houses in Washington, D.C., is only a short walk across Lafayette Square from the White House. Significantly, it is one of... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This is a small museum located near the White House. There is no admissions chsrge. The first floor can be completely viewed in less than a half an hour. The museum provides an overview of the White House's neighborhood and houses. There are a number of antiquarian items of interest such as Decatur's sword. Worth a short visit. Remember that... More 

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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Spend about a half of a week here for a conference. We had the opportunity to tour the house and it was well worth it! This is the home of the White House Historical Assoc., but they have restored the house to the look of the original tenants and also have created a great exhibit, currently about the Presidents Neighboorhood.... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

One interesting exhibit is a book with the signatures of every president with the exception of President Franklin Roosevelt's that was signed by Eleanor, his wife. A group of us were invited yo a dinner hosted by the White House Historical Society, and the food and service were excellent.

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Thank AnnKirby
Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

This is the place to stop first before exploring the Lafayette Park area. The important sites are shown here with a write up on each one. Friendly staff to answer questions and direct you to the sites themselves. Helps you to get around quickly without having to keep checking a map.

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Thank McWett
Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 22 May 2016

A nice little museum with few select special pieces. I would have liked to see more of the house itself but it's not the point of the exhibition.

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Bebop12345
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Reviewed 24 March 2016

We were walking around the White House when the Secret Service suddenly closed the street, which prompted us to change our route. We sort of stumbled upon this gem of a museum. Though small, it's worthwhile to take a peek. The building is lovely and the history is interesting. You won't need much time, but history lovers will likely find... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

Our “Washington, DC History & Culture” Meetup group visited the Decatur House / White House Historical Association Holiday Open House. This was a great event, just as advertised, and it was free. We had gingerbread and hot chocolate, learned about holiday traditions at the White House and the making of ginger bread houses from a former White House pastry chef,... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed 5 July 2015

If you have an hour to kill in downtown DC, here is a nice spot to do it. The Historical Society maintains this and it is located at the NW corner of Lafayette Square. Attached to it is a quaint gift store of Early American Memorabilia, with nice things not trinkets. The tours go ever hour and last for about... More 

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Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
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Reviewed 28 June 2015

Closed the day we went there, but glad Jackie Kennedy helped preserve this house. We went in the giftshop & the pictures there we very informative

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