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Georgetown and the Federal City

  • 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 ...
  • Legal Trouble: Martha Washington’s Will and the Early U.S. Courts
    February 19, 2015
    · Georgetown and the Federal City · Court delays, punishing attorney fees, and prolonged disputes are nothing new in American law, a fact nowhere made clearer than in this account of legal proceedings following the 1802 death of Martha Washington, “The Court Will Come to Order: Dandridge vs. Executors of Martha Washington’s Will,” by Tudor Place ...
  • Orator and Advocate Francis Scott Key & the Partner’s Desk
    January 4, 2015
    By Tudor Place Curator of Collections Erin Kuykendall Francis Scott Key (1779 – 1843) was considered a great patriot in his lifetime. On a diplomatic mission during the War of 1812 to secure the release of an American prisoner, the eloquent lawyer witnessed the fierce September 1814 attack by British Admirals Cockburn and Cochrane on Baltimore’s ...
  • “Hogs are in the highest perfection” — Recipes for the Smokehouse’s Best
    September 4, 2014
    · Georgetown and the Federal City · “You see bacon upon a Southern table three times a day either boiled or fried,” New Englander Emily P. Burke observed in Reminiscences of Georgia, published in 1850. Given pork’s ubiquity — and popularity — as a staple of Washington area tables, it is not surprising that Mary Randolph’s 1824;Virginia ...
  • On the Track – Thomas Peter, Henry Clay, and the Duchess of Marlborough
    December 10, 2013
    · Georgetown and the Federal City · Horse racing was popular among the landed gentry and elite of the city well before the nation’s capital became a reality. With a notice published on April 10, 1769, offering a purse of 25 pounds for the winner of a race in Georgetown, a social tradition was established that ...
  • Enslaved Labor and Building the Smithsonian
    November 27, 2013
    · Enslaved and Free · Historian Mark Auslander details the roles of enslaved workers in building the original Smithsonian “castle.” Some of the slave workers involved labored at Maryland quarries owned by Peter family members and had roots in enslaved families owned by First Lady Martha Custis Washington, who bequeathed 90 such “dower slaves” to Martha ...
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