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“Amazing Home with History to Match” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Anderson House

Anderson House
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran
Ranked #86 of 418 things to do in Washington DC
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the Society of the Cincinnati's historic headquarters, Anderson House, a National Historic Landmark that has been the Society's home since 1938. The Society and its American Revolution Institute work to honor the men and women who won American independence in the Revolutionary War by supporting advanced study, presenting exhibitions and other public programs, advocating preservation, and providing resources to teachers and students. Tours of Anderson House reveal the history of the Society of the Cincinnati, the significance of the American Revolution, and the lives and collections of the home's first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson. The mansion was completed in 1905 for the Andersons, a wealthy couple who devoted their lives to public service, travel, entertaining, collecting, and philanthropy-interests and activities that are reflected in Anderson House, where much of the couple's art collection and furnishings are still on display. Guided tours begin at 15 minutes past each hour. Anderson House also offers a changing exhibition gallery, a research library, and an active calendar of public programs.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Summerville, South Carolina
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Amazing Home with History to Match”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Anderson House was part of my Plan B since my original sightseeing plan was derailed due to the shutdown but it really should be moved up on anyone’s list. It has an excellent story well matched to its beauty and staging. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of the Society of the Cincinnati before visiting here but it is an inspiring part of American history, even if not well known, dating back to 1783 which continues today. And, the Anderson’s were an amazing and generous couple who would be pleased to know their home is so well cared for and appreciated by both the Society and the public. This building is very close to the Phillips Collection and Woodrow Wilson house so you could easily do all three in a day. Our tour guide was well informed and provided many interesting details and stories about the Andersons, the Society and the house. Highly recommended, if somewhat off the beaten path.

Visited October 2013
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Ocean City, NJ
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“More than expected”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

We thought it was just an old house to walk through, but were surprised when offered a guided tour by a very knowledgeable docent. The history of the house and its occupants was fascintating and well worth the time spent.

Visited July 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

We stumbled upon a tour of this magnificent mansion/ house on Massachusetts Avenue, NW, when we were visit in open Embassies on the Embassy open house days. A docent takes groups around explaining the history of the house and the lives of the Andersons who filled it with antiques and artifacts. The Society of Cincinnati, for which this house was bequeathed, has it's own interesting history. It is worth viewing all the antiquities and collections of the Anderson's in this beautiful and expansive mansion.

Visited May 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Great tour and its free! European and Asian collections to see. From budha statues over japanese art to britian style rooms.

Visited June 2013
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Near Detroit
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Like a palace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2013

This free tour is tucked away near the embassies. The house is fabulous and so are the pieces in it.

Marcelle, our guide, was just a delight. She knew absolutely everything about the house and is pretty brushed up on all her history. She didn't rush us at all and we got to see this wonderful house and enjoy the museum atmosphere serenely and fully.

I toured several houses this time - The Old Stone House, The Dumbarton House, The Tudor House - and while they all had interesting things, none of them was as fabulous as the Anderson House.

Visited April 2013
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