Weekend Picks: Insider Tips

Sarah Howard is serving as the Program Advisor for the 2011 Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems International Affairs track. Her blog entry is the second in a series of “Weekend Picks” for TFAS interns spending their 2011 summer in DC.

Washington, DC is a place filled with history and culture. Did you know that some if it is right under your nose in the iconic Georgetown neighborhood? Georgetown was founded in 1751, long before the rest of Washington came to be. With a longstanding history running over its cobblestone roads, Georgetown offers a number of unique places to explore during your down time this weekend.

Dumbarton House

Georgetown was actually originally called “Rock of Dumbarton,” after the hometown of the Scottish immigrant who patented the land in 1703. The house itself was first named Belle Vue—swanky, right? “The design of the house reflects the shift from Georgian tradition to the Adamesque Federal style that would take hold as the new republic defined itself.” Not sure what all the architecture lingo means? Take a tour and find out! The house is open Tuesday-Sunday from 11:00AM to 3:00PM and is FREE if you take your GOCard or other student ID! More information can be found here: http://www.dumbartonhouse.org/

The Old Stone House

You might already be going toseeMt.Vernon on Sunday, why not make it a trifecta with Dumbarton: add the Old Stone House to your must-see list! If you’ve spent some time on M Street—which you really should—you may have stumbled across this unassuming stone building along the way. The Old Stone House is the oldest known structure still standing in DC. Would you believe when it was built in 1760 the original asking price was only 1 pound and 10 shillings? When a Ranger is on duty (noon-5pm daily) you can view most of the house’s historic architecture. The garden is open during daylight hours and is accessible through the gate on M Street. Get more information on the Old Stone House at their website.

The Exorcist Steps

Remember these? 3600 Prospect Street Northwest, Washington, DC. You may recall that Father Damien Karras, a priest from Georgetown University, tried to exorcise a demon from young Regan MacNeil in the late 1970s. When he himself became possessed, he threw himself from the girl’s window, down a flight of stairs to his death. Don’t freak out it’s just a movie—The Exorcist. It was set right here in Georgetown. Go see the very steps on which they filmed on Prospect street, only in Georgetown!

Not interested in these? Check out last summer’s Georgetown entry for more ideas!

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