Old Stone House, Washington DC

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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  • Main street crowded with young people in Georgetown. Bookstore? I still shop, also has lovely garden at the back of the building. I was playing with families
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  • Entry is free and though small it is definitely worth visiting if you’re in Georgetown. The rooms are decorated in 1700’s style and it’s an interesting attraction to spend quarter of an hour visiting.  more »
  • If you like history, between (free entry) and take a trip back in time. Every room and very well preserved. For you that is very tall like me, the right foot is down, to catch the warmth of the fireplace and warm the rooms upstairs. Unfortunately when I went to the 3rd floor was not released, it was the children.
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  • I just loved to take pictures at the Old Stone House. Beautiful surroundings. I was able to take a lot of interesting and creative pictures there. I truly recommend to visit this special place.
  • A walking tour of Georgetown is a nice change of pace from touring monuments and museums all day, and the Old Stone House is in the heart of Georgetown. To my understanding, this is the oldest building in Washington still in its original state and on its original foundation. So it is old for the area. Administered by the National Park Service.
  • I fell in love with this romantic house. Jealous of the family that used to live there.
  • Hidden gem in Georgetown. Lovely backyard area with a bench all the way in the back letting you survey a sight seen as far back as 1765.
  • 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.

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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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