Old Stone House, Washington DC

Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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. Sentimental local folklore preserved the Old Stone House from being demolished, unlike many colonial homes in the area that were replaced by redevelopment.

The Old Stone House was constructed in three phases during the 18th century and is an example of vernacular architecture. The house was built as a one-story structure. Additions were later made, and it was used both as a residence and for business. In the mid-20th century, at one time it was the site of a used-car dealership. After acquisition and renovation by the National Park Service (NPS) in the 1950s, the Old Stone House was adapted as 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 considered 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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  • Located near the entrance of Georgetown Neighborhood, this attraction is easy to find ( right side of M Street). It has 3 floors but only the Ground Floor is available to visit. Managed by the...  more »
  • Only the street level is open but you can also wander the property behind the house. It was a brief yet quaint visit, self guided, and quiet. Take all the pictures you want. There‚Äôs also a gift shop.....  more »
  • A historical site in Georgetown. The house is a good quick stop to see a bit of old Georgetown. It has signs and placards of the history of the house and Georgetown. They were working on the second floor and told us it will be set up like how it was when the house was built. There is a souvenir shop on the first floor and the ranger was very pleasant and helpful.
  • The Old Stone House is a small museum, gift shop, and garden in the heart of Georgetown. It's run by Rock Creek Park and free for all to enter. The building itself is small, but its historical significance great. It's the oldest structure in the city still on its original foundation. The house is two levels and tiny. With reading through the exhibit, it may take 30 minutes to go through it all. There's then a small gift shop in the front to browse. Outside in the backyard is a long garden with several benches for reading. It's a great spot to get some respite from the city.

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