The Old Stone House

For historic home Thursday let's explore the oldest home and property still standing in Washington, DC, The Old Stone House. 

Old Stone House in 1890.

Old Stone House in 1890.

The Old Stone House fits snuggly on M Street in Georgetown surrounded by giant retailers and bars. It has an aesthetic all its own regardless of the modernization that surrounds it. The Old Stone House was built in 1765 and was constructed of locally quarried blue granite. 

The house was built by a cabinetmaker, Christopher Layman, who used the three-story home as a residence as well as a shop. During this time M street was then called Bridge Street and was still used as a main thoroughfare much like it is used today. 

Old Stone House 2008.

Old Stone House 2008.

In 1953, the home was purchased by the U.S. government and today is administered by the National Park Service. It is free and open to the public from 11am - 6pm EST Monday through Friday. It also has a beautiful garden in the back that is also open to the public. The Old Stone house is the perfect oasis to get your historic fix between shopping trips and other Georgetown explorations. 

Below are photos of the Old Stone House as it stands today. 

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Georgetown in the Fall

There are few places more stunning than Georgetown in the Fall. The leaves are just starting to turn color and the weather still surprises us creeping into the 80's. School is starting, people are busy, and everyone is happy. Happy, and decorating!

During the Halloween season, the decorating competition is fierce among Georgetown residents. In addition to the amazing foliage, you can see gorgeous seasonal flowers as well as spooky(ish) decorations. Today we're sharing a sneak peak at just how fun Georgetown can be as well as some must-see historic homes. 

If you're visiting Georgetown and looking for some great, historic places to see, look no further. Below is a list of some amazing homes to see in the Fall:

Dumbarton House
Tudor Place
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection
The Old Stone House 

All pertinent information regarding these homes and their individual websites can be found at

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