Tudor Place


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  • 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 (formerly ...
  • 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 time. ...
  • American History TV · Washington’s Descendants at Tudor Place
    April 12, 2016
    Curator of Collections Grant Quertermous talks on American History TV about the Washington descendants at Tudor Place. The family, which built and remained at Tudor Place through six generations, descended from Martha Custis Washington’s son John Parke (“Jacky”) Custis, George Washington’s stepson. Quertermous shares how and what we can learn about the Washingtons, the owners, servants and slaves at Tudor Place, and the history ...
  • Land for Sale: Inquire Within
    September 24, 2015
    · Land & Business · George Washington’s ties to the land — to Mount Vernon and his other farms and his extensive knowledge of Lord Fairfax’s vast Virginia properties — are widely known. But far less has been written about the details of his land speculation far to the west, in the Ohio River valley extending ...
  • 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 the ...
  • The Custis-Peter Family Tree
    May 5, 2014
    · Family and Friends · Tudor Place was home to six generations of one family, descending in direct lineage through four owners, from 1805 to 1983, when it became a museum held in the public trust. View a snapshot of their family tree, from Martha Washington to the modern era. On the Papers of George Washington ...
  • Letters of Love: Archival Remnants of Fathers’ Devotion
    January 30, 2014
    · Family and Friends · Among the legal documents and receipts, official correspondence, and journals found in the Tudor Place archive, you’ll also find letters of love. Those described in this essay by Archivist Wendy Kail were penned by career military men tied to the estate through marriage to Peter family daughters. Two were the sons-in-law ...
  • Letter from George Washington to his wife Martha Washington, June 18, 1775
    November 27, 2013
    · Family and Friends · My Dearest, I am now set down to write you on a subject which fills me with inexpressible concern—and this concern is greatly aggravated and increased when I reflect on the uneasiness I know it will give you… After her husband’s death, Martha Washington ordered the burning of all their personal letters. This ...
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