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Dolley Days at Dumbarton Aug. 22 & 23

August 17, 2020

Celebrate the anniversary of Dolley Madison’s flight from the White House to Dumbarton House in 1814 on August 22nd from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm.


During the War of 1812, the British burned the White House and Capitol buildings. After directing enslaved individuals to save precious documents and paintings from the White House, Dolley fled the fire and the British. She stopped with good friend Charles Carroll in Georgetown (at Dumbarton House!) before continuing to safety in Virginia.


This year, there are virtual and in-person offerings. Go on a live virtual First Ladies walking tour with DC company, A Tour of Her Own, watch a recorded specialty tour of Dumbarton House, or reserve free timed tickets to tour the house in person.


Get tickets for house tours and the virtual walking tour here

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New Georgetown Stream Springs to Life

July 12, 2020

Written by guest contributor Feona Mulholland

(Photo by: Feona Mulholland)

It’s been an ongoing mystery as to the new source of water flowing through the middle of Dumbarton Oaks lower Park.


Walking upstream I discovered the source was a newly formed natural spring just below the New Zealand Embassy. 


I believe the source of the spring water emanates from the Embassy’s rainfall run off retention pond located on the Embassy grounds.


Therefore, I have taken the liberty of calling it Wai Puna Springs which is a Maori name meaning wai= water and puna= spring. 

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Explore Italy's Castello della Manta July 9

July 6, 2020

Escape to the beauty of Italy - no passport required. Join The National Arts Club and Friends of FAI on a journey to the medieval Castello della Manta in the Piedmont region.


The tour is July 9, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT. Register here.

(Photo by: The National Arts Club)

Built as a fortress in the twelfth century, the Castello was transformed into an imposing palace beginning in the fifteenth century. Set in the rolling hills of the Varaita Valley and commanding a magnificent view of the Cottian Alps, the complex boasts an imposing tower and a majestic garden. Its most exemplary feature, however, is the baronial hall with its fascinating and somewhat mysterious frescoes.


Your guide for this virtual visit will be Chiara de Rege, New York City-based interior designer and granddaughter of Countess Elisabetta de Rege, who donated the Castle to FAI - The National Trust for Italy. The de Rege family still spends time at the Castle, and Chiara will share her childhood memories growing up amid this historic backdrop.


Francesca Fossati from FAI / The National Trust of Italy will discuss the site’s history, its vivid frescoes, and the restorations currently in progress.

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