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The Bats of Tudor Place

Join us in the gardens of Georgetown's 18th-century federal mansion as we search for these winged, nocturnal mammals.

It's believed that there are at least eight different species of bats that call the D.C. area home. To see them, one just needs to look up and listen.

Join Atlas Obscura for an evening at Georgetown's historic Tudor Place discussing and searching for these adorable, misunderstood mammals. In the mid-20th century, the last private owner of Tudor Place, Armistead Peter III, made it clear that he wanted the gardens of his family's centuries-old mansion to be taken care of naturally, writing that he never wanted any tree sprays or pesticides to be used. Out of respect for this, the staff at Tudor Place have found other natural methods for pest control: bats. 

On this tour, bat educator Deborah Hammer (who volunteers with Bat Conservation International and Save Lucy Campaign) will bust out her sonar detector to help spot these mysterious nocturnal neighbors. You'll explore Tudor Place's newly installed bat house, as well as hear about the other natural methods the historic home is using for pest control. 


  • We will meet at 1670 31st St. NW, which isn't the main Tudor Place entrance. There will be signs pointing you in the right direction, but please be aware. 
  • This tour includes walking through gardens, so please dress for the weather.
  • This event is accessible via public transportation. It's about a 25-minute walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro station. It's much more accessible via bus and the DC Circulator. For more information, go here.
  • Two-hour street parking is also available on 31st Street.


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