Historic Houses & Antiquing in Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. is one of the most historic cities in the United States. It’s impossible to walk the streets of the city without feeling as though you’re witnessing hundreds of years of history culminating in this very moment, which makes it one of our favorite places to visit! Even better: the place is overflowing with our two favorite things…
Historic Houses & Antiques!
To help you explore all the rich history Washington D.C. has to offer, we’ve hand-picked a few of our favorite artisans, antique dealers, and historic house tours to visit while you’re in the area. We’ve also compiled some other must-see attractions like iconic DC restaurants, hotels, and historic activities for you to enjoy.
Our Favorite Antiques in Washington
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The Best Historic House & Museum Tours
These homes are bursting with history, incredible architecture, and awe-inspiring stories. We couldn’t possibly fit all the amazing historic houses in D.C. into one article, but here’s some of our favorite picks.
2715 Q Street NW
The Dumbarton House Museum shares the stories of women in preservation and promotes the understanding of historic preservation and of the early history of our nation through museum tours, so that the lives and ideals of early Americans inspire current and future generations.
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA
Mount Vernon is George Washington’s treasured estate. Located outside of the city, the beautiful home and grounds are well worth a day trip. Learn all about the nation’s first President the preservation of his gorgeous colonial home. Reservations are recommended; you can buy tickets here.
1411 W Street SE,
The legacy of Frederick Douglass is enshrined at Cedar Hill, the home where he spent the last 17 years of his life. Visitors to this National Park experience a beautiful tour of Douglass’ home. Reservations are recommended, and must be made at least one day in advance.
1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
The Heurich House Museum preserves the legacy of historic brewer Christian Heurich and enriches the creative economy of Washington, DC. The museum actively conserves the building, grounds, and significant original collections, all of which visitors can enjoy.
1776 D Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
The DAR Museum was founded in 1890 by a group of women who wanted to promote and encourage historic preservation and the documentation of American history. The DAR’s home is located in Constitution Hall, which they had built in 1928. The Hall itself is host to many concerts and events and, of course, the annual DAR conference. The DAR Museum focuses on “historic preservation, education and patriotism by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the material culture and social history of pre-industrial America." Entrance is free.
Looking for somewhere to eat?
675 15th Street NW
The Old Ebbitt Grill has had quite the journey throughout history. One of Washington’s first saloons, the institution changed locations and ownership a handful of times, until landing at its current location downtown (just a block East of the White House). Carefully designed to embody the rich history of the city, the Old Ebbitt Grill offers upscale American dining and drinks, in a dress-flexible setting. The Old Ebbitt serves over 2,000 guests every day, so reservations are recommended!
Just for Fun…
Just a 10 minute walk from the Old Ebbitt Grill is the legendary Ford’s Theatre–yes, the very place where President Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. Today, the historic landmark hosts a museum dedicated to Lincoln and his death, in addition to the original functioning theater, which hosts several shows each season. Book your tickets online and enjoy incredible theatre in the presence of history–keep an eye out for the American Flags indicating the presidential box, the very place Lincoln sat on the night of his death.
Places to Stay
Looking to stay the night? These are our favorite historic inns and hotels in Washington.
Rich in history, with a reputation for luxury, the Hay-Adams is a 5-star boutique hotel perfect for those who don’t want to compromise comfort for history and charm. The downtown location is perfect, too!
1739 N Street NW
As one of DC’s oldest continually-running hotels, the Tabard Inn emulates the style of an Old English Manor. We love their mission of maintaining tradition and sustainability in everything they do!