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George Washington Town House - Old Town Alexandria

SuperhostAlexandria, Virginia, United States
Entire house hosted by Thomas
6 guests2 bedrooms3 beds2 baths
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In the heart of Old Town sits the George Washington town house. GW used the 2 bedroom house, primarily before 1776, as an office and to spend the night when he was in Town for business or social reasons. It is a short walk to the waterfront, shops, restaurants, museums, farmer’s market, grocery stores, and King St. trolley. Perfectly suited for a small family. Rates vary by season, and whether stay is weeknight or weekend. Stays of a week or longer are discounted, as are "last minute" bookings.

The space
The GW town house is three levels (about 600 sq. ft. per level) with the 2 bedrooms on the top level, the living room and dining room (one large room) on the second (main) level, and the kitchen and family room with queen sleep sofa on the English basement level. There are two bathrooms, one with a bath and shower on the top level, and one with a shower only on the English basement level. The house features a large rear courtyard. At the rear of the lot is a large storage shed where the stable was. There are two parking spaces on the far side of the storage shed and off of “Washington Way” where GW would approach the property by horse.

When Alexandria was founded in 1749, the town ran up (west) from the river only as far as Royal Street. However, the town was doing so well by 1763 that several more blocks were added then. GW purchased this quarter-block lot (Lot 118) on May 9, 1763, for ten pounds, ten shillings. From 1769 to 1771, he had a plain dwelling, a stable, and other necessary buildings constructed here as sort of a town annex to Mount Vernon. The town house was the only house built by Washington for his own use. Prior to the Revolutionary War, he used it often when he was in Alexandria. During the war and his Presidency, the place was often rented or lent to friends and members of the family. Dr. William Brown rented the house for about ten years; Martha Washington’s favorite niece, Fanny Bassett Washington, lived here with her two boys for a little over a year in 1794-95; and Colonel Philip Marsteller, close friend of GW since Revolution, former Mayor of Alexandria and one of Washington’s pall bearers, lived here in 1797. A number of Washington’s letters refer to spending the night “at my own house.” Other letters order fencing for the property and give detailed directions for such things as repairing the fireplaces, laying a brick floor in the basement, papering the bedroom wall, and painting the exterior.

It is the first piece of property listed in Washington’s will, and it was the only piece of property that he left outright to his wife Martha when he died. At her death, Mrs. Washington left the property to her nephew, Bartholomew Dandridge. Unfortunately, the dwelling which had significantly deteriorated, was demolished in 1855. In 1960, Gov. and Mrs. Richard Lowe had the house reconstructed based on existing accounts - particularly a drawing done by a neighbor about the time of the demolition (copy at the house).

During the 1990s, the GW town house was rented to Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac while he operated "Fleetwood's" a blues club and restaurant in north Old Town.

(Adapted from Walking with Washington)

Other things to note
The house is conveniently located in the heart of Old Town. It is a one block walk to King St, and a short walk to the waterfront and all the shops (including Trader Joe’s and CVS), and the library and City Hall. It is also walking distance to the King St. metro. There is a free trolley running along King St. between the waterfront and the King St. metro stop.
In the heart of Old Town sits the George Washington town house. GW used the 2 bedroom house, primarily before 1776, as an office and to spend the night when he was in Town for business or social reasons. It is a short walk to the waterfront, shops, restaurants, museums, farmer’s market, grocery stores, and King St. trolley. Perfectly suited for a small family. Rates vary by season, and whether stay is weeknight or we… read more

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

Amenities

Smoke alarm
Kitchen
Dryer
Hair dryer
Free parking on premises
Carbon monoxide alarm
Iron
Washer
Dedicated workspace
TV

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Alexandria, Virginia, United States

The house is centrally located in Old Town Alexandria and thus is a short walk to museums, the waterfront, restaurants, farmer's market, shops, grocery stores, and the free Old Town trolley that runs every 15 minutes to the metro station. National airport and Washington DC are both a short drive away.
The house is centrally located in Old Town Alexandria and thus is a short walk to museums, the waterfront, restaurants, farmer's market, shops, grocery stores, and the free Old Town trolley that runs every 15 m…
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94
Walk Score®
Daily errands don't require a car.
80
Bike Score®
Biking is convenient for most trips.

Hosted by Thomas

Joined in December 2014
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I greatly enjoy the beauty and history of St. Michaels and Alexandria, and enjoy restoring houses in the historic areas. My wife and I are continuously amazed by the very interesting people who come to stay at the properties.
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