The Tunnels and Trapdoors of Tudor Place by Candlelight - Atlas Obscura

Washington, D.C.

The Tunnels and Trapdoors of Tudor Place by Candlelight

Stroll through the elegant entertaining spaces of a Federal Era mansion, decked with historic Christmas decor, and then explore the tunnels hidden underneath.

Join us for an exclusive, behind-closed-doors investigation of Tudor Place,  and a candlelit stroll through the mansion’s elegant entertaining spaces. 

Six generations of the Peter Family—from founders Thomas and Martha (George Washington's step-granddaughter) to their great-great-great grandson, Armistead Peter III—were born, married, and died in the rooms of Tudor Place, a National Historic Landmark in Georgetown. It was transferred to the Tudor Place Foundation in 1983 and is one of America's last intact urban estates from the Federal Era. Open to the public since 1988, the museum is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

On this rare evening, see the fallout shelter and experience the mansion decked with historic Christmas decor. Historically inspired refreshments will be served in the Conservatory.    

Additional Details

  • There will be a considerable amount of walking on this tour, some of which will be outside. Please dress for the weather.
  • Tudor Place is accessible via D.C. Metro Bus, D.C. Circulator and walking distance from Metro train. For more information in regards to particular lines, follow this link.
  • Free 2-hour street parking is available on 31st street.
  • When arriving, enter through the main gates at 1644 31st Street and follow signs to the Visitor Center. This is where the tour will begin.  
  • This event has been specially curated for the Atlas Obscura Society D.C. to provide our guests with a one-of-a-kind experience, particularly access to the underground tunnels and trapdoors of Tudor Place. For a regular guided tour, click here

This event is part of a series of Chase Sapphire Selected experiences.  Questions or concerns about this experience? Email for help.

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