The Old Stone House

Overview

In the midst of Washington, D.C., a city of grand memorials to national leaders and significant events, stands an unassuming building commemorating the daily lives of ordinary Americans who made this city, and this nation, unique. The Old Stone House, one of the oldest known structures remaining in the nation's capital, is a simple 18th century dwelling built and inhabited by common people.

The Eastern National Bookstore in the Old Stone House is open seven days a week from noon to 5 p.m. A Park Ranger is on duty daily from noon to 5 p.m. When a Ranger is on duty you can view most of the house. The garden is open during daylight hours and is accessible through the gate on M Street.

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Seasonality / Weather

The climate in Washington D.C. is seasonal. Summers can be very hot and humid with an average temperature of 82 F. Winters are variable and can be very mild to very cold. The average winter temperature is 35 F. Clothing should be in accordance with the season.

Directions

Driving: 

The Old Stone House is at 3051 M Street, NW, Washington, DC in Georgetown, directly across from the Barnes and Noble bookstore.

From Maryland: Interstate 495 and Rockville Pike Take exit 34 south onto Rockville Pike (MD-355S). Head into Washington DC for 7.3 miles; eventually Rockville Pike will become Wisconsin Avenue. At the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue NW and M Street NW in Georgetown, turn left and go 1 ½ blocks until you see the Old Stone House on your left, across from Jefferson Street NW.

From Virginia: Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 Take I-95N towards Washington DC. Merge onto I-395N towards Washington. Go 8 miles until you merge onto Washington Blvd. via exit 8B toward Pentagon/Arlington Cemetery/Rosslyn/Memorial Bridge. Go 1.5 miles, then take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north ramp towards US 50W. Go a short distance then take the ramp towards Memorial Bridge/Arlington Cemetery. Go a short distance and take a slight right onto Arlington Memorial Bridge. Cross bridge and take ramp towards Rock Creek Parkway/Kennedy Center. Turn a slight right onto Ohio Drive SW and then go a short distance to the E Street ramp towards Roosevelt Bridge/Whitehurst Freeway. Merge onto the Potomac River Freeway N, go .67 miles, then take the Whitehurst Freeway exit. Take the ramp towards Pennsylvania Avenue for a short distance, and then take a slight right turn onto L Street NW. Go a short distance and turn left onto 26th Street NW, then turn left onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Cross over the Rock Creek and take a slight left turn onto M Street NW. The Old Stone House is two blocks down on your right.

Public Transport: 

There are no Metro Subway stops in Georgetown. The nearest stop is the Foggy Bottom stop on the red and blue lines. From Foggy Bottom walk north on 23rd St. to Washington Circle and bear to the left. Take a left at Pennsylvania Avenue and walk about 4 blocks to M Street. Make a left on M Street and the house will about 2 blocks on the right.

You can also catch the blue Georgetown shuttle buses at Foggy Bottom.