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Octagon Museum

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It was a temporary White House for James and Dolly Madison. The Treaty of Ghent was signed here... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2019
brideforlife
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Virginia
Quaint little historic home...

Visited the Octagon House with my family and some friends. It was a nice little museum, with... read more

Reviewed December 19, 2018
Kurt_Mich75
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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The Octagon Museum was built between 1798-1800 by John Tayloe at the suggestion of George Washington. In 1814, the house was offered to President Madison as temporary quarters after the White House was burned in the War of 1812. The Treaty of Ghent...more
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1799 New York Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-5207
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Yes an octagon has 8 sides; you’re forgetting the basement floor and roof are sides too! It was cool to walk through where a former president lived. The period pieces complement the decor nicely as do the stories you read as you go. I liked that I wasn’t rushed by a tour guide
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It was a temporary White House for James and Dolly Madison. The Treaty of Ghent was signed here. Open Thursday-Saterday from 1-4 pm.
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They explain what life was like for the inhabitants and when James and Dolley Madison stayed there after the White House burned down. They also do a good job of highlighting what is known about enslaved persons who worked there.
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Visited the Octagon House with my family and some friends. It was a nice little museum, with interesting architecture, colorful history, a helpful guide and a ghost story. Both adults and teenagers were perplexed at the design of the home, surprised by the colors of the walls,
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This house is run by the American Institute of Architects and does have both history and beauty. However, it is small (three stories are open with approximately 3 rooms a piece) and lacking in how it's presented. Two rooms upstairs are essentially modernized for exhibits but
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