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  • 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)

  • 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 reception, and socializing in the Dower House administration building.  In recognition of a conservation focus that permeates all aspects of the house, collection, and grounds, select museum areas were open for viewing, with the spotlight on collection pieces that have received special conservation care.

    “Tudor Place excels ... (continue reading)

  • 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 the garden’s rhythms and answering its demands. This essay by Archivist Wendy Kail traces inter-generational change within the Peter family through diaries, notes, and the natural history of Tudor Place.

    SHOWN ABOVE. L to R: Anne Peter, Armistead Jr.’s granddaughter; a mid 20th-century view of the Box ... (continue reading)