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Washington DC Historic Home Tours for the Holidays

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Washington DC Historic Home Tours for the Holidays © Woodrow Wilson House

Four Washington DC historic home museums will open their doors together for the first time to celebrate the season with a special "Holidays through History!" Tour. Guests are invited to visit these Anderson House and Woodrow Wilson House in Dupont Circle and Dumbarton House and Tudor Place Historic House and Garden in Georgetown. All of these properties are on the U.S. Register of Historic Places and will be decked out for the holidays. Participants will stroll the historic rooms of the mansions, delighting in the ambiance of festive period decorations and music that will interpret traditional holiday celebrations from the Federal period through the Roaring Twenties, and sample seasonal treats.

Date and Time: December 14, 2013, 4-8 p.m.

Tickets: Admission to all four museums is $16 with advance registration, or $20 at the door; children (aged 17 and younger) are $10. Admission to one museum only for adults or children is ten dollars $10. Tickets are available online .

Transportation: Complimentary shuttle bus transportation will be provided between sites for ticketed guests from 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Historic Homes on Tour

Anderson House, a grand Beaux Arts mansion was completed in 1905. Visitors will learn about Christmas traditions at the turn of the twentieth century through the eyes of Ambassador Larz and Isabel Anderson, one of the era's most distinguished couples. Visitors are invited to stroll through the festively- decorated house, where each room will present a different theme-including decorations, gift giving, entertaining and charity-related to Christmas celebrations during the Gilded Age. A pianist will perform traditional holiday music on the Anderson's 1898 Steinway. Children can make ornaments to take home, and light refreshments will be served in the Winter Garden. While at Anderson House, guests will also have the opportunity to view the exhibition The American Revolution at Sea (through December 29), which explores the significance of the naval aspect of the Revolutionary War. Anderson House is located at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC.

Dumbarton House is a fine example of Federal period architecture, circa 1800, that will be decorated in elegant and simple Federal-period style with greenery and an elaborate dining table. The formal Parlor will come alive with live music performed by musicians for the four-hour event. Visitors can view the exhibit Metamo'rphosis I: Jewelry and Fine Metalware, the first of a series that takes objects from the Dumbarton House collection and transforms their design elements into unique new forms. Guests will be invited to partake of light refreshments and crafts for all ages in the contemporary Belle Vue Room ballroom. Dumbarton House is located at 2715 Q Street, NW Washington DC.

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, an elegant neoclassical house dating to 1816, was home to six generations of the Peter family from the time of its first mistress, Martha Custis Peter, granddaughter to Martha Washington. Tudor Place will be decorated for a festive 1920s Christmas celebration using treasured holiday decorations from the Custis Peter family. Visitors are invited to stroll through the mansion while listening to enchanting holiday music performed by Seraphim. The family fun continues at Tudor Place with children's craft activities and light refreshments. Tudor Place is located at 1644 31st Street, NW Washington DC.

Woodrow Wilson House, Washington's only presidential museum, was the final home of our twenty-eighth President. Furnished as it was in Wilson's time, the fashionable 1915 house just off Embassy Row is a living textbook of modern American life in the 1920s-from sound recordings to silent films, from flapper dresses to zinc sinks. A splendid twelve-foot tree, heavily adorned with electric lights, will fill the solarium and radiate through the Palladian window at the top of the foyer stairs. While at Wilson House, guests will have the opportunity to explore the new exhibition, 1912, An Election to Remember. Woodrow Wilson House is located at 2340 S Street, NW Washington DC.

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