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Old Stone House, Washington DC

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The Old Stone House is the oldest unchanged building in Washington, D.C., United States. The house is also Washington's last Pre-Revolutionary Colonial building on its original foundation. Built in 1765, Old Stone House is located at 3051 M Street, Northwest in the Georgetown neighborhood. Unlike many Colonial homes in the area, sentimental local folklore preserved the Old Stone House from being demolished.The Old Stone House was constructed in three phases during the 18th century and is an example of vernacular architecture. During its history, the house was started as a one-story building and gradually became a used car dealership later. After a renovation by the National Park Service (NPS) in the 1950s, the Old Stone House was turned into a house museum. The Old Stone House stands among the neighborhood's stores and restaurants as an example of local history for tourists, shoppers, and students. The building is part of the Rock Creek Parkway urban natural area and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The Old Stone House is also a contributing property to the Georgetown Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. Today, the home is 85% original to its 18th-century construction.
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Most visitors to Washington, D.C., end up in the East End, the old downtown district containing most of the city's major cultural attractions. For a more authentic Washingtonian experience, consider staying at a smaller hotel just a little north or east of this busy area. Neighborhoods outside downtown offer less expensive accommodations and affordable street parking, as well as opportunities to meet more locals and fewer tourists. Alternatively, try a hotel in Georgetown, packed with high-end shops and Colonial architecture.
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  • Strolled through Georgetown with my son and daughter and we all were surprised why this building stood the way it did in the middle of Georgetown. The oldest home in DC had character and cozy feel tha...  more »
  • Sadly we came after closing but was able to take pictures, read the sign and look at the small gardens behind it. Would love to go back when open.  more »
  • According to folklore, George Washington and Pierre Charles L'Enfant met at the Old Stone House to plan the design for the layout of the new nation's capital city. It is the reason the house, built in...  more »
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  • Love visiting The Old Stone House. It days from 1765, & is the oldest structure on its original foundation in the nation's capital. Wish the National Park Service's budget didn't get cut this past year.
  • Great piece of history. Worth the stop. Parking is free on the back streets, but the challenge is finding an open space. The parking lot next to the Old Stone House is $30.
  • Interesting historic place. Very friendly staff, and very knowledgeable.
  • Great laid back wedding venue for our small ten person group, and a sweet oasis in the midst of Georgetown chaos.
  • Awesome little home! It has been very well preserved and is a nice side stop on a walk through Georgetown.