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The Decatur House was home to Stephen Decatur. He was an early American naval hero. He very likely would have become president had he not died in a duel. He was one of the most famous Americans in his day and yet we hear little...More
Decatur House is located on the northeast side of Lafayette Square near the White House. It was the site of many high end parties, gatherings, celebrations, and receptions in the inner circles of DC social life. But when Commodore Decatur died in a duel, his...More
Stephen Decatur, the Decatur for whom this house is named, was perhaps the first post-Revolutionary War American hero. Named after his father, a commodore who commanded warships during the Revolutionary War, Decatur himself joined the Navy at 19 as a midshipman. He served with distinction...More
Make sure if you want to go to this museum, you go on a Monday. Unknowingly, it’s only open on Monday. There is a nice gift shop. It has a nice display of Presidential Christmas ornaments for sale. The most recent ornament is Eisenhower.
We were invited to a Member Holiday Party for the White House Historical Association to be held in the historic Decatur House. What a beautiful setting for a holiday party! The house was decorated to the hilt. We were treated to light refreshments and holiday...More
This Building is on the fringes of the impressive Lafayette Square, with public entrances on H Street - just a short walking distance from the Farragut Square METRO Stations.
It was originally a residential property, built in 1819 for American Naval Commodore, Stephen Decatur -...More
This was the first private house to come up near the White House occupying nearly six acres of land. It was built by Commodore Decatur, an American war hero. He was subsequently killed in a duel with another officer. Many important persons lived in this...More
Decatur House is a very special venue for hosting an event with a bit of history. The sophisticated venue has a docent to tour your through the historic house during passed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. There is a beautiful garden that on this particular evening...More
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