One of the places we took my kids and niece, a couple of weeks ago during her visit, was to Georgetown, one of Washington D.C's neighborhoods. We love its architecture, commercial appeal and most of all its history and charm.
Once there, as we've done it many times before, we went on a tour of the Old Stone House, the oldest unchanged building in Washington D.C.
The house exterior was constructed of locally quarried blue granite. The walls range from two to three feet thick.
Let's get inside. A gift shop is located inside the front room of the house, but throughout the years it has housed many types of businesses like hat, tailor, clockmakers and roofing shops. The kitchen is on the back, it's hearth is large enough to heat the entire house.
The original roof and front door were constructed of solid oak.
The second floor consists of three rooms and its architecture is quite different from the original first floor since at its time, new owners were able to afford better quality materials.
The dining/living/family/game room was the place where the family ate meals but it was also the social room.
Playing cards, musical instruments, singing and dancing was also done here.
Historical preservation was done to get the interior looking like it did before 1800. Georgetown residents donated most of the colonial furnishings. However, the grandfather clock, the only original piece of furniture, was purchase by the National Park Service and brought back to the house.
The walls were plastered and painted. Chair rails were added to prevent damage to the wall.
The carved wooden mantel in the bedroom is believed to be of French origin.
The big spinning wheel also gets lots of attention in this room.
High ceilings improved ventilation during hot Summers in this second level.
The third floor, much plainer than the second floor, was constructed of brick. There are three rooms in this floor though only one was open to the public. These are believed to be the children's rooms and storage area.
I love the floors...
The doors and windows...
The moldings and architectural details.
Back down to the first floor kitchen area...
And we get out to the garden.
A colonial revival garden with straight lines, bordered by a white picket fence.
This is the perfect place to take a brake from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown.
Sit down under a shady tree and enjoy its serenity...
Before going back to reality with lots of people walking around...
And Georgetown businesses and traffic bringing you back from colonial times to present day.
More about Old Stone House here:
-Old Stone House National Park Service
-Old Stone House brochure.
-Old Stone House Report.