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Decatur House

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Address: 748 Jackson Pl NW, Washington DC, DC 20006-4912
Phone Number: 202-842-0920
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Right across from the White House, this is one of the oldest surviving...

Right across from the White House, this is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington DC and was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

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Great historical stop

Spend about a half of a week here for a conference. We had the opportunity to tour the house and it was well worth it! This is the home of the White House Historical Assoc., but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spend about a half of a week here for a conference. We had the opportunity to tour the house and it was well worth it! This is the home of the White House Historical Assoc., but they have restored the house to the look of the original tenants and also have created a great exhibit, currently about the Presidents Neighboorhood.... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

One interesting exhibit is a book with the signatures of every president with the exception of President Franklin Roosevelt's that was signed by Eleanor, his wife. A group of us were invited yo a dinner hosted by the White House Historical Society, and the food and service were excellent.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

This is the place to stop first before exploring the Lafayette Park area. The important sites are shown here with a write up on each one. Friendly staff to answer questions and direct you to the sites themselves. Helps you to get around quickly without having to keep checking a map.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

A nice little museum with few select special pieces. I would have liked to see more of the house itself but it's not the point of the exhibition.

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Bebop12345
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We were walking around the White House when the Secret Service suddenly closed the street, which prompted us to change our route. We sort of stumbled upon this gem of a museum. Though small, it's worthwhile to take a peek. The building is lovely and the history is interesting. You won't need much time, but history lovers will likely find... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Our “Washington, DC History & Culture” Meetup group visited the Decatur House / White House Historical Association Holiday Open House. This was a great event, just as advertised, and it was free. We had gingerbread and hot chocolate, learned about holiday traditions at the White House and the making of ginger bread houses from a former White House pastry chef,... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

If you have an hour to kill in downtown DC, here is a nice spot to do it. The Historical Society maintains this and it is located at the NW corner of Lafayette Square. Attached to it is a quaint gift store of Early American Memorabilia, with nice things not trinkets. The tours go ever hour and last for about... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Closed the day we went there, but glad Jackie Kennedy helped preserve this house. We went in the giftshop & the pictures there we very informative

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

I enjoyed my tour of this house today. Our guide, Katie, was upbeat, enthusiastic, and informative. The spaces are all bare, however, so look at the impressive floors. I wish there had been a little more info about the various owners and purposes of the house, but overall it was a good tour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

If you are wondering by and can go it it's worth a look around. The house is beautiful, has some interesting history and nice features but the tour is basic and the house is not really furnished.

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