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Historic homes and mansions that have been preserved as museums to show what life was like for historic figures. Find historic homes in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Carlyle House
This Old Town Alexandria, Virginia home of John and Sara Carlyle served as the headquarters of General Braddock, the leader of the British forces during the French and Indian War.

Clara Barton National Historic Site
This National Historic Site commemorates the life of Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross. The house sits adjacent to Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland.

Dumbarton House
Visit Dumbarton House, a museum and home of the colonial period in Georgetown in Washington, DC.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, DC
Tour the beautifully restored Victorian Mansion that was the former home of Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist and advisor to Lincoln.

Gunston Hall Plantation
Visit the home of George Mason, one of the men who founded the Consitution and the Bill of Rights. This colonial home is an 18th century plantation set on 550 beautiful acres in Lorton, Virginia.

Hillwood Museum & Gardens: Marjorie Merriweather Post Mansion
This Washington, DC historic site, former estate of art collector and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, showcases Russian and French art.

Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, DC
President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC gives Americans an intimate, never-before-seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and family life. Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at Lincoln's Cottage features exhibitions that tell the story of Lincoln’s role as Commander-in-Chief.

The Marshall House - Leesburg, VA
Visit the estate of General George C. Marshall, an American political leader of the 20th century.

The Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
Visit this Washington, DC museum and learn about the life of Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American woman educator, presidential advisor, and political activist.

Oatlands Plantation
A 3,400-acre historic plantation near Leesburg, Virginia with formal gardens and an 1810 greenhouse.

Old Stone House - Georgetown
Old Stone House, built in 1765, is the oldest known private home in Washington, DC. See photos of Old Stone House in Georgetown.

Rippon Lodge – Woodbridge, Virginia
Rippon Lodge – Woodbridge, Virginia

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, located in Georgetown's Historic District, this National Historic Landmark, was originally owned by Martha Custis Peter, the granddaughter of Martha Washington.

Sully Historic Site
Tour the home of Richard Bland Lee, Northern Virginia's first Representative to Congress, and learn about life in the early 19th century.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin to be Preserved as an Historic Site
Montgomery County, Maryland has agreed to purchase and restore the former home of Josiah Henson, a slave that served as Harriet Beecher Stowe's model for her novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Woodlawn Plantation and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House
The estate of Nellie Custis Lewis, granddaughter of George and Martha Washington,located just 3 miles from Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia.

Washington DC Historic Home Tours for the Holidays
During the holiday season, take a tour and explore four of Washington DC's historic home museums, enjoy seasonal decorations and music from the Federal period through the Roaring Twenties.

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