The Tea Experience: America’s Living History Teas

Photos courtesy of Stacy Smith Evans
Photos courtesy of Stacy Smith Evans

The estate remained under continuous Peter family ownership through six generations spanning 178 years, its rooms a destination for leading politicians, military leaders, and dignitaries. In 1983, following the death of Armistead Peter 3rd, the Peter’s great-great-grandson, the site opened as a public museum in October 1988, according to his wishes. Now a historic house and garden museum, it remains one of the nation’s few historic urban estates retaining the majority of its original landscape. Encounter an extensive collection of family heirlooms, decorative arts, and historical objects as they are brought to life with stories about the family, servants, and enslaved workers who lived here. After a guided tour, explore 5 1/2 acres of landscaped gardens at this National Historic Landmark. Daily tours of the historic mansion showcase the largest public collection of Martha and George Washington artifacts outside Mount Vernon, and are available Tuesday through Saturday 10AM – 4PM and Sundays 12-4PM.  

The Peter family and guests have enjoyed tea and its rituals at Tudor Place for 200 years. Continue the tradition of afternoon tea by registering for a tea & tour or schedule a private event for 15-35 guests by reservation. Your party will enjoy an elegant Victorian tea party in the 1867 Dower House coupled with an informative mansion or garden tour.

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