Tudor Place

Master Preservation Plan

February 1, 2018

Fire Protection Study
February 1, 2018

One of the most essential priorities of the Master Preservation Plan is updating fire detection, notification, and suppression systems to protect the main house and collections. While many systems are available on the market, Tudor Place’s unique requirements necessitated a comprehensive study to find the solution that meets fire protection demands while posing the least […]

Restoration of the Gazebo and Arbors
January 31, 2018

As part of its Master Preservation Plan, Tudor Place recently completed restoration of the wooden gazebo and arbors to the west of the main house. The service yard and its significant structures have served a variety of uses since the late 1700s. And the Asian-inspired gazebo built in the 1960s has provided a serene garden […]

Bee-Gone Bygone: Farewell to a Long-Serving Poplar
January 8, 2018

After nearly four years, the 20-foot stump of a tulip poplar that has stood sentinel at the southeast corner of Tudor Place’s South Lawn for nearly two centuries, was removed this week. Arborists in 2013 deemed the tree irredeemably weakened by age and structural damage from the June 2012 Derecho. But they also made a […]

An Illuminated Christmas, 1914
November 30, 2017

New Holiday Installation Recalls the Mansion’s First Electrified Winter In December 1914, the Peters of Tudor Place and their servants returned after a long absence to a newly renovated mansion, just in time for Christmas. For the museum’s 2017 holiday installation, Curator Grant Quertermous has recreated that moment when family traditions met the novelties of […]

BBQ in the Smokehouse – Great Day Washington
September 20, 2017

Hearkening back two centuries on this estate, pork butt was on the menu and the Brews, Booze & Bites heritage food fest on our minds as we showed the 1794 Smoke House WUSA-9’s Andi Hauser (and told her about our unusual Elopement Package). The Smoke House can be seen on any garden visit — just $3 […]

A “Revealing” Project in the Office
June 29, 2017

From a stuffed bird under a dome to manual typewriters to crystal and silver desk sets, the Office at Tudor Place is so densely stuffed with fascinating objects that it can be hard to know where to look first. The room appears almost exactly as it did in the 1920s, when Armistead Peter, Jr., the estate’s third […]

Peter Waddell: Artistic Visions of Tudor Place
June 12, 2017

Tudor Place Artist-in-Residence Peter Waddell is a history and architectural painter who has created major works with the White House Historical Association, Mount Vernon, the U.S. Capitol and other sites. For Tudor Place, he has created images that depict the house, gardens, and history of the site. This post — and its slideshow — will […]

Tudor Place Book Wins Prestigious Awards
May 11, 2017

Tudor Place is the product of all our different pasts. Its artifacts, images, voices, and ghosts—even the all-knowing tulip poplar—carry us back to our own origins as people and as a nation. Joseph Ellis, Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here, Foreword WASHINGTON, DC – Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here, the first full-length book on […]

Garden Lighting Enhancement
May 4, 2017

Completed in February 2017, Phase One of the Master Preservation Plan’s lighting plan called for restoring historic lighting features across the grounds while installing discreet contemporary lighting for enhanced security and esthetics. Improved illumination at the main entrance, along the walkway to the Visitor Center, and on the path to the Dower House look beautiful […]

Enhancing Water Management
May 3, 2017

With environmental stewardship a key aim of the Tudor Place Master Preservation Plan, sound water management becomes an essential goal. The museum will take a key step in that direction this summer with the expected installation of a cistern to conserve and control stormwater run-off. The project expands on past efforts to improve drainage around the historic house, […]

#DayOfFacts at Tudor Place
February 16, 2017

On February 17, 2017, Tudor Place joined hundreds of other museums, historic sites, archives, libraries, science centers and cultural organizations on social media to address confusion over “alternative facts.” This “Day of Facts,” in the words of its grass roots organizers, reaffirmed “values of curiosity, intellectual pursuit and openness. Facts matter, our visitors matter, and […]

The Papers of Martha Washington at Tudor Place
November 23, 2016

As a granddaughter and namesake of Martha Washington, Tudor Place founder Martha Parke Custis Peter inherited several important pieces of her correspondence following the death of the first president. Since 2015, the University of Virginia has been annotating and publishing the Mrs. Washington’s letters as part of an ongoing partnership between The Washington Papers project […]

Thomas and ‘Patty:’ Meet Tudor Place’s Founders
October 20, 2016

Who were they, the founders of Tudor Place? Martha Parke Custis Peter and Thomas Peter, civic leaders in Georgetown and the capital city, helped shape our national life but few Americans today know their names. That anonymity belies the tangible legacy they left, thanks to the constancy of their descendants and an almost genetic devotion to […]

Tudor Place Family Hero: George Peter and the War of 1812
September 12, 2016

In the state of Maryland, every September 12 is Defenders Day, commemorating a crucial American victory in the War of 1812. The Battle of Fort McHenry helped reverse American losses and also inspired a British prisoner’s poem that became our national anthem. It also recalls a hero with ties to Tudor Place who, less than a month before, had defied U.S. Army […]

Many Admirers… But Still a Widow: Reflections on Britannia Peter Kennon’s Widowhood
August 25, 2016

Nora Pehrson explains the origins of her essay on Britannia, written while interning here during her senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. Nora now attends Colby College in Waterville, Maine. I was drawn to Britannia’s story because of an abiding interest in women’s history. I wanted to situate  Britannia in the broader context of her […]

We are a Blue Star Museum! (What is that?)
June 1, 2016

Visit us free all summer! We invite active-duty members of the U.S. military, including National Guard and Reserve, and their family members traveling with or without them, to tour free from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Like about 2,000 other U.S. institutions, we are a Blue Star Museum, part of a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and […]

Oakland: Far from the Madding Crowd
April 2, 2016

Though grand by city standards even when the Peters first purchased it in 1805, the original eight and a half acres of Tudor Place was by no means their largest property. Most affluent urban families of the time owned large farms, and the Peters were no exception. Among the lands Thomas Peter inherited from his father Robert was a tract in […]

Tudor Place Returns to Agrarian Roots: Re-Interpreting for Its 3rd Century
April 1, 2016

To meet Americans’ growing fascination with land use, ecology, and food sources, and to mark the site’s bicentennial, the Tudor Place Foundation has reassessed the National Historic Landmark’s interpretive focus. As of today, April 1, 2016, in a nod to its semi-agrarian origins, the site has been converted to a working farm. Executive Director Mark Hudson, who came to Tudor Place in October, spearheaded […]

Garden Party 2016
March 26, 2016

2016 Garden Party Honors Tudor Place on Its Bicentennial Add Your Gift! CONTACT INVITATIONS Mary Michael Wachur Invitations have been mailed. Director of Development Please register online. 202.580.7323 | mwachur@tudorplace.org Purchase Tickets The 24th Annual Garden Party to support Tudor Place will take place on May 25, 2016, celebrating a rare American milestone, the National Historic […]

From the January Clean: An Unexpected Repair
January 14, 2016

Cleaning, counting, and assessing conditions are all part of the drill when the museum closes each year for what we call the “January Clean.” Rugs are rolled up, paintings removed from walls for examination, and the walls themselves examined. In the garden, bricks are relaid and trees trimmed amid the usual plant care and preparations for […]

Remembering Austin Kiplinger, Tudor Place Champion
November 23, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT November 23, 2015 Mandy Katz   Director of Communications   ph: 202.580.7329 This is a charmed place. It just raises your spirits whenever you’re here. And I feel that way and I have felt that way for many years and I’m continuously reminded that there is a continuity in life, and the more […]

From Our Garden | The Pecan Tree
November 12, 2015

By Kellie Cox, Director of Gardens and Grounds With the season upon us for nutty treats like stuffing and candied pecans, our thoughts turn to an arboreal star at Tudor Place, its widely admired pecan tree. (If this makes your thoughts turn to nutty treats, try our Candied Pecans recipe!) In our historic gardens, we are […]

From Our Garden | The Bowling Green
October 1, 2015

By Kellie Cox, Director of Gardens and Grounds For this first post in From Our Garden, a new monthly blog at Tudor Place, I want to share with you one of the property’s several garden “rooms” and one of my favorite places here, the Bowling Green. The Bowling Green was also a favorite spot of Armistead […]

What Lies Beneath? Dower House Dig
September 3, 2015

In a site as well preserved as Tudor Place, history and artifacts are not just all around, but underfoot. Archaeology offers unique insights into how past occupants used and occupied the land, which inform our understanding and interpretation of the estate today.   A recent excavation near the 1867 Dower House on the property’s northern […]

Mark Hudson Appointed to Lead Tudor Place Into Its Third Century
July 27, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2015 contact: Mandy Katz Tudor Place is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hudson as the museum’s next executive director, commencing October 5, 2015, on the cusp of the National Historic Landmark’s bicentennial year. Mr. Hudson succeeds Leslie Buhler, who is retiring after 15 years of extraordinary leadership during […]

Silhouettes to Selfies: Slow Art, Fast Change
April 9, 2015

Join us, June 4, 2015 at 6 p.m. for a cocktail kick-off! Portraits: Trying to Tell Us Something Portraits are a mainstay of any Tudor Place house tour, useful for identifying family members, workers, prominent friends, and others who animate the site’s history. In any medium, likenesses help us learn the site’s stories. But examined closely, […]

May 20 Garden Party to Honor Museum Champion Ellen Charles
March 30, 2015

CONTACT TICKETS Mary Michael Wachur Click here. Associate Director for Annual Giving & Events   202.580.7323 | mwachur@tudorplace.org Some 500 celebrants will gather at Tudor Place on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 6 p.m. for the site’s 23rd Annual Spring Garden Party. The festive social event, chaired by Elizabeth Powell of Georgetown, draws prominent Washingtonians […]

Director Leslie Buhler to Retire, Leaving Tudor Place Strengthened
January 22, 2015

January 22, 2015 Knot Garden and Grape Arbor [CREDIT: Ron Blunt Photography] A Change in Leadership Leslie L. Buhler has announced she will retire as Executive Director of Tudor Place at the end of June 2015 after 15 years of transformational leadership. Since 2000, Leslie created on the historic site an engaging and educational modern […]

“Tradition”? Finding Surprises in Christmases Past
December 3, 2014

Those age-old Christmas “traditions” we revel in – how traditional are they really? Whether we celebrate the holiday or not, most of us consider Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and paper-wrapped gifts almost timeless. But like the American melting pot itself, many holiday staples came from overseas and changed over time. See for yourself how customs […]

New for Fall: “Eating Local — Feeding the Urban Estate”
September 4, 2014

Now extended! On view through Thanksgiving weekend (November 30). The harvest and the Tudor Place Smokehouse are in focus this fall. For the first time, the recently restored Smokehouse is open to public view. During “Eating Local” only (through November 23 Extended! Now, through November 30, 2014), all regular tours and certain special tours and programs will […]

Tudor Place Friends and Collaborators Celebrate National Preservation Award
June 26, 2014

Current and past staff members, consultants, conservators, and other supporters gathered June 18 to celebrate the bestowal on Tudor Place of the coveted Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections. Cool wine and beverages offered relief from the heat for the 64 guests gathered for the awards ceremony, catered […]

Lives Measured in the Garden: “As Time Goes By”
June 13, 2014

· Family and Friends · In the tradition of his grandmother, Britannia Peter Kennon, the third owner of Tudor Place cherished the labors and traditions of the estate’s landscape. Britannia inherited the property from its founders, her parents. Her grandson Armistead Peter, Jr., honored these forebears and in many ways measured out his own life by following […]

Showers and Smiles: The 22nd Annual Garden Party Makes a Splash
June 5, 2014

OUT: Air kisses. IN: Hugs. This is the trend statement from the 22nd Annual Tudor Place Garden Party fundraiser… From the receiving line on into the grand party tent and out on the freshly “watered” (by rain!) South Lawn, Honoree Niente Ingersoll Smith set the tone. She and her kin — including daughter Liz Dougherty […]

Tudor Place Recognized with National Award for Preservation and Collections Care
May 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT May 21, 2014 Communications Officer Mandy Katz 202.486.7645 | mkatz@tudorplace.org The Tudor Place Foundation has been honored with the 2014 Ross Merrill Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections at Tudor Place Historic House & Garden. The award, established in 1999, is presented jointly by Heritage Preservation […]

1st Annual Tree Fest
Celebrates the Tudor Place Canopy

March 24, 2014

March 29, 2014 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register Now The shelter and dignity of the property’s historic trees — and the risks they face from the violent weather of recent years — have inspired a new event at Tudor Place: a Tree Fest, free and open to the public. Our local environment and the canopy of heritage […]

Seasonal Themes and Installations
February 3, 2014

Something for every taste and season! Schedule your visit around these special installations! Tudor Place tours offer immediacy and authenticity. Now, there’s more! Don’t miss these seasonal displays, included at no extra charge in every tour, of rare Collections objects, each with a story of its own. And any time we’re open, come to the Visitor Center at […]

Orlando Ridout V: In Memoriam
April 8, 2013

Executive Director Leslie Buhler offers this tribute to Orlando, who died April 6, 2013. A pillar of architectural history and preservation, he was a deeply admired friend to her and others fortunate enough to have known and worked with him.  Orlando on the Tudor Place roof. There are few people one meets in life who stand heads […]

Tudor Place Archaeology Survey Earns Excellence in Historic Preservation Award
June 18, 2012

Press Contact: Communications Officer Mandy Katz, mkatz@tudorplace.org Mobile: 202.486.7645 Website: www.tudorplace.org Tudor Place Historic House and Garden 1644 31st Street NW Washington, DC 2007 Download the PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18, 2012 Washington, D.C. – June 18, 2012 — For its intensive site-wide archaeological survey, Tudor Place Historic House & Garden has been awarded […]

Ribbons, Roses and Wine in the Garden: Box Knot Rededicated
May 19, 2012

Tudor Place Trustee Bruce Whelihan, here flanked by wife Alice (RIGHT) and Executive Director Leslie Buhler,was celebrated for helping to secure funding for the project from The Ruth S. Willoughby Foundation.  Celebration came to these historic gardens this month when Tudor Place Trustees and staff gathered with neighbors and other supporters to “cut the ribbon” on the newly restored Box Knot Garden. This formal layout […]

What Lies Beneath, Part II: Secrets of the Temple Portico Roof
March 26, 2012

By Elizabeth Peebles, Preservation Manager The Temple Portico is sporting a new roof, its first in almost a century and a half. (Keep reading for the details behind that estimate.) Just as important as a repaired roof to keep the house interior dry, conservators and historians are excited by what the preservation process “uncovered” about […]

A Day to Celebrate Washington and Experience Life Before Electricity
March 5, 2012

By Haylee Wilson, Tudor Place Communications Intern Stepping into George Washington’s shoes, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other young people experienced life without apps, engines and appliances on Presidents’ Day. They joined more than 100 visitors of all ages in “Celebrating George” and his influence at Tudor Place, along with the chance to see Washington […]

We’re in the Comics! An Animated History of D.C.’s Start
February 16, 2012

Note: Post updated, February 23, 2012, with addition of an older comic — sort of a ‘flashback Flashback,’ regarding another real estate transaction involving Tudor Place forebear Robert Peter. (Click on comics to see enlarged.) Close those history books. It’s time to learn a little D.C. history from the “funnies” page! First, some background: Many people know […]

What Lies Beneath: A Peek Behind the Physical Fabric of Tudor Place
January 19, 2012

By Elizabeth Peebles, Preservation Manager While Tudor Place is closed to the public in January, the entire property buzzes with activity to ensure the long-term preservation of collections and buildings. As an added bonus, what’s good for maintenance and preservation is good for scholarship and inquiry. Tudor Place Foundation exists not just to maintain its historic treasures, […]

Tales of a Tudor Place Intern: The Peppercorn Puzzle
September 26, 2011

By Sarah Dickey, 2011 summer Collections Intern Sealed for 90 years, this packet revealed surpriseswhen our Collections experts opened it. Sarah was one of several internsinventorying collections in 2011. One day this summer, conducting textile inventory with Collections Assistant Joni Joseph, we came across a box that contained several feather fans. Many were in small […]

Getting to Know the Trees at Tudor Place
August 18, 2011

By Kelly Whitson, Summer Intern, Garden & Grounds My internship in collections management at Tudor Place this summer introduced me to a type of “artifact” I had never worked with before: trees. Tudor Place is rare among historic house museums in undertaking a complete inventory of its woody plant material – some 400 trees on 5.5 leafy acres – to officially […]

Old Roses
May 25, 2011

  Old Blush Rose The Peter family has had a long history of admiring and cultivating a very special type of plant…the rose. In the early years of Tudor Place, roses were found in almost every area of the garden: down near the southern perimeter which borders what is now Q St, along the lower […]

National Public Garden Day
May 2, 2011

On May 6th, we will be participating in National Public Garden Day sponsored by the American Public Garden Association and Rain Bird. This event gives us an opportunity to highlight our historic landscape and our ongoing preservation efforts. The Tudor Place gardens have evolved over the past 200 years with each generation of the Peter […]

Garden Restoration at Tudor Place
April 12, 2011

Over 178 years of Peter family ownership, Tudor Place’s garden has seen many changes and improvements. In 1969, the last Peter owner, Armistead Peter, 3rd, published his book on the history and evolution of Tudor Place. Included at the end of the book was a formal landscape plan that he had commissioned for that purpose. […]

April 6, 2011

As warmer temperatures arrive, more plants begin to emerge from their winter slumber. Along with the abundance of white flowers like those of the cherry trees (P. x yedoensis and P. subhirtella), bridalwreath spirea (S. prunifolia) and Kobus Magnolia (M. kobus), the garden at Tudor Place boasts some bold spring color.  Spread throughout the garden, […]

March 25, 2011

The last two weeks have been very busy in the Tudor Place garden. We have sheared the box hedges throughout the north garden and renovated the center axis grass pathway. We have also completed the overseeding of our turf areas in preparation for our upcoming events. Spring has arrived at Tudor Place… Mertensia virginica, Summerhouse […]

In the Garden, Early March
March 20, 2011

This week has been busy in the garden and our recent weather has everyone eager for spring. Visitors and staff have remarked on how great the garden looks and have stopped to admire the early flowering bulbs like the crocus coming up in the Thistle Terrace lawn. We have been working hard this winter to […]

Have a Cocktail with the 1919 Pierce Arrow Roadster
September 22, 2010

Strolling the grounds of Tudor Place, across the back driveway and to the garage, if the weather is nice, you will find the garage door open to display a 1919 Pierce Arrow Roadster.  This antique car, now decommissioned, belonged to Armistead Peter, 3rd and was one of many Pierce Arrow Roadsters owned by the Peter Family.  It is […]

Pocket Treasures
August 11, 2010

It seems Armistead Peter Jr. did not empty his pockets before storing away his hunting jacket in the 1930’s!  While inventorying the textile collection here at Tudor Place, Collections Assistant Joni Joseph and Intern Rachel Jakab found a whistle, a cup, a leather strap, and a match case in the pockets of that jacket.  Joni says –  “We […]

Teaching Teachers at the Civil War Washington Teacher Fellowship
July 21, 2010

As the Education Director of Tudor Place, I work on developing and implementing a number of educational programs and one of my favorite programs, Civil War Washington Teacher Fellowship, takes place over the summer. We partner with Ford’s Theatre, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and Lincoln Cottage to create a week long program that focuses […]

Martha Washington’s Waxwork Tableau
July 2, 2010

Fine Arts Conservator Amy F. Byrne of Amy Fernandez, Inc, and Textile Conservator Jennifer Zemanek, examine a tableau made of wax and shells, that once belonged to Martha Washington. The tableau, which depicts the parting of Hector and Andromache, is now part of the collection at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in Washington, DC. Below […]

Why I Love Tudor Place Volunteers…
June 17, 2010

Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS! –author unknown As the Communications Director here at Tudor Place, visitor feedback is vital to many of my marketing decisions.  So, in 2010 we started distributing an improved visitor survey.  Over the last 6 months I have analyzed data from hundreds of these […]

"Gentlemen, you have played this d—d well."
June 9, 2010

The outbreak of Civil War brought turmoil and tragedy to citizens in Georgetown and across the capital city. For the Peter family, the most tragic occurrence of the conflict was the execution by hanging of two family members accused of being Southern spies. They were executed 147 years ago today June 9, 1863. The below […]

Book Inventory Revelations!
May 17, 2010

For the last few months interns Torrance Thomas and Yyonette Fogg have been unpacking, cataloguing, photographing and re-housing over 3,000 books currently in storage in the garage building at Tudor Place. No one really knew what they would find when they started the project, as these books had been sitting in storage for years. What […]

Jewelry Made With Human Hair? (You have to see it to believe it!)
March 23, 2010

Last summer, we wrote about our discovery of a note in the attic that contained a lock of hair. (on facebook: Found in the Attic Part III and Secrets Revealed! Found in the Attic Part IIIa)  The note eventually helped staff discover the true owner of a locket inscribed “our child” in our hairwork jewelry collection. Well, this inspired us to […]

18th Century Double-Barreled Pistol Discovered During Dig on Historic Tudor Place Grounds
March 15, 2010Press Contact: Heather Bartlow, hbartlow@tudorplace.org 202.965.0400 ext. 104 Website: www.tudorplace.org Tudor Place Historic House and Garden 1644 31st Street NW Washington, DC 2007 Download the PDF FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2010 Washington, D.C. – March 15, 2010 — A late 18th to early 19th century brass flintlock pistol was discovered early in the day […]
Blizzard Damage 2010
March 3, 2010

One of the stories that we tell during the house tour at Tudor Place is how the original boxwood Flower Knot was destroyed during the Civil War by intruders making Christmas wreaths.  Before February of this year we were fortunate that we could only imagine what that must have looked like… Though the snow was pretty while it was […]

We’re Cleaning House! (Part I)
January 13, 2010

Every January Tudor Place is closed to the public for the entire month. It may seem quiet on the outside, but the inside is buzzing with activity! Right now our Collections and Conservation staff is doing an extra thorough clean and assessment of the historic house and objects on display. The rugs are pulled up, furniture is […]

There’s no place like (a historic) home for the holidays!
December 4, 2009

Home for the Holidays: Celebrate the Season at Tudor Place! Once again Tudor Place has decked the halls this holiday season.  This year there is a 1930’s theme. In 1932 the Peters came home for a family Christmas. Owner Armistead Peter, Jr. was joined by his son and daughter-in-law, Armistead Peter 3rd and Caroline, their daughter Anne, […]

Sugar Shakers and Handkerchief Holders: A Collection of Unusual Silver
November 3, 2009

We have a new exhibition in the visitor center! Tudor Place has one of the finest domestic silver collections in the country.  Within that collection are 24-piece sets of flatware, impressive tureens and serving dishes, tea and coffee services and bonbon dishes galore! The collection also contains many unusual and rare objects that are little used, if even recognized […]

Found in the Attic V: Just in time for the PGA Tour Championship
September 17, 2009

Tees from the 1920’s! Slightly different than the golf tees of today, apparently these tees will help you win championships (or so the Walter Hagan box says). The Reddy Tee box even goes as far as to give you 12 reasons (see below) to use their tees. While I doubt either one of these tees […]

In the Garden: Groundnut – It’s what’s for dinner.
August 28, 2009

Groundnut Apios americana, twinning vine, herbaceous, tuberous roots used as food by the American Indians. Native to North America, purple pea flowers are fragrant in late summer. The raw roots are edible but tough with a milky juice and a pleasantly sweet turnip-like taste. The roots may also be eaten roasted or fried. It’s blooming […]

Found in the Attic – Part IV: Back to School… in 1898

Just in time for the “back to school” season we catalogued this unique pencil box from 1898! The pencil box is made of tin and ceramic and was found containing 20 ceramic pointed sticks (not writing utensils – we think they were for some type of game). Upon closer examination, we could see it was […]

History in Bloom
August 14, 2009

A gift that keeps on giving- – This Flamingo Plant (a.k.a Justicia carnea or Jacobinia carnea) was given to Britannia Peter in the mid to late 1800’s by an “admirer.” It still flowers and is blooming right now by the garage!

Found in the Attic – Part II: Music and Medicine
August 7, 2009

Late 19th Century Harmonica, with BoxA large F scale harmonica with 24 holes in excellent condition! The wooden core is flanked by metal on both sides, which is attached by screws and nuts on each end. There are fingerprints on the metal which may be from any number of Peter family musicians, but are more […]

Found in the Attic!
July 31, 2009

While cataloguing boxes of objects stored in the attic, Collections Assistant, Joni Joseph made some interesting finds: Buttons from 1800!These three porcelain buttons c. 1800, are hand painted with images of a classical female profile. Our resident Jeweler y expert believes they would have originally on a man’s waistcoat, though they were found in a […]

Tudor Place Sago Produces Rare Flower!
July 15, 2009

Native of Java (island of Indonesia), fossil records date the Sago to the early Mesozoic Era. The Sago is not related to the common palm except for in general habit of growth. The male & female flowers grow on separate plants and are pollinated by the wind, insects or human intervention. Male flowers, or inflorescence, […]

Topics: Master Preservation Plan