Saturday was another extremely sticky day and this time I was going to DC and wondering whether I'd regret the drive. Just 4 of us were meeting to look around Dumbarton House. Our trip to the mushroom festival in PA had been canceled due to bad weather and I was a little miffed about that. I would have liked to check it out but didn't fancy the long drive on my own.
So DC it was and I was pleased to find the house easily and even a parking space very close by.
The fireplace mantle came from John Marshall's home on Capitol Hill and features the USS Consitution ship.
2014 commemorates the 20th anniversary of the city burning during the 1812 war. When Charles Carroll, co-founder of Rochester NY, lived here, he rushed to the aid of Dolley Madison and brought her back to the house to escape the British fires.
There weren't many rooms in the house so the tour wasn't very long. We braced ourselves to go back out into the humid heat and walked under the shady trees to the small formal garden.