Since Butterfly had the day off of school today, we thought we would go and do something big and fun. Kind of like yesterday. We are great tourists, if nothing else.
Today’s tourist spot was Georgetown. This is someplace I have not really been to see. Sure, I’ve driven through it. And once I caught a bus there. So today was getting to know this cool old section of town. It was founded in 1751 so it predates Washington DC! But now that it’s a part of DC, it’s known for it’s upscale restaurants and shops. We had a good time window shopping while we walked around. Nice stuff!
We first stopped at the Old Stone house, which was built in 1765. It is the oldest standing structure in Washington DC. Why did this house survive when all the others around it were being torn down? A story. Folklore. Apparently, after the Revolutionary War, the government took land from Virginia and Maryland to make DC. They asked George Washington and Pierre Charles L’Enfant to lay out the city. They met in a place called Suter’s Tavern. Well, Suter Jr. had been renting a room in the Old Stone House at the time. People believe that Washington and L’Enfant actually met in the Old Stone House for awhile instead of the tavern. Is it true? Probably not. No one really knows. But a cool piece of history none the less.
At one point, the house was a shop for hats, tailors, locksmiths, clock makers, house roofing, house painting, and a used car dealership. The dealership used the back yard as a parking lot. But in 1953, the National Park Service bought it and made it into a house museum. Today it’s about 85% true to it’s 1700′s construction. And the back yard is a BEAUTIFUL garden.
We spent most of our time running through the garden. The garden is open every day from dawn to dusk, and the house from 8am-5pm (I believe). Admission is free.
After the house, and lunch, we decided we needed to try Georgetown Cupcakes. There’s always a line to get it. It must be good, right?
Seriously, I think these are the best cupcakes I have ever eaten! It’s worth the 20-30 minute wait in line to get these! I had vanilla/vanilla and salted carmel. Oh so good. No pictures of these because they were just too good and we ate them.
We also walked along the canal a bit. What a fun day.
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