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  • November 23, 2015
    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 we know about it, the better we can cope with changes that are coming… 

    — Austin Kiplinger, Honoree, 20th Annual Tudor Place
    Spring Garden ... (continue reading)

  • 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 fortunate to have a magnificent pecan tree (Carya illinoensis), Washington, D.C.’s, oldest and largest living specimen, according to the Casey Trees Living Legacy Campaign. This 80-foot-plus tree was planted from a seed nut ca. 1875, when Britannia Peter Kennon (Thomas and Martha Peter’s daughter) owned Tudor ... (continue reading)

  • 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 Peter 3rd (1896-1983), the property’s last private owner.  Since joining the staff of Tudor Place as director of gardens and grounds in August, I have been studying the plant collections and history in these wonderful gardens. This has meant getting to “know” Armistead 3rd and ... (continue reading)

  • 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 boundary uncovered not only relatively recent (19th-century) domestic artifacts and architectural debris, but also remnants of prehistoric tool-making.

    Before any project that might disturb soil on the site, Tudor Place studies the substrata to preserve its hidden layers of history and material culture.   An award-winning site-wide Phase ... (continue reading)

  • July 27, 2015
    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 which she established Tudor Place — first opened to the public in 1988 — as a noteworthy contributor to the nation’s historic and cultural life.

    “Mark brings to the position extensive professional experience, a strong academic background, and remarkable enthusiasm for the future of Tudor Place,” said ... (continue reading)

  • April 9, 2015

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    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, these works can tell us far more than just “who” and “with whom.” A newly opened installation, Silhouettes to Selfies: Capturing Portraits Over Time, on view through ... (continue reading)

  • March 30, 2015



    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 and guests from around the nation and abroad. Ellen MacNeille Charles, a transformative and longtime leader of Tudor Place, will be honored . Mrs. Charles’s special blend of experience, wisdom, and good humor benefits and enriches every organization she touches — including Tudor Place, where ... (continue reading)

  • January 22, 2015

    January 22, 2015

    Knot Garden with Arbor by Ron Blunt
    Knot Garden and Grape Arbor

    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 museum serving a diverse audience of Washington-area residents, visitors to the nation’s capital, and a worldwide digital audience. ... (continue reading)

  • 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 change, during the festive installation, Red, Green & Gold, The New and the Old, running through December, as Tudor Place “Sparkles for Christmas” — on view during all regular tours and seasonal programs.

    Throughout the 1816 mansion, compare nearly 200 years of ... (continue reading)

  • 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 highlight the estate’s semi-agrarian past, as reflected in its people, collections, and structures — one of which proves to be among D.C.’s oldest. Displays include original kitchen utensils and seldom seen agricultural implements from the estate’s early days. Photographs and stories ... (continue reading)