Washington, D.C. Sights

American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati

  • 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW Map It
  • Dupont Circle
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Fodor's Review

The palatial Gilded Age Anderson House is the headquarters of the Society of the Cincinnati, the nation's oldest historical organization promoting knowledge and appreciation of America's independence. The Society was founded by Revolutionary War veterans in 1783—George Washington was its first president general—and this has been its home since 1938. Guided tours of the first and second floors reveal the history of the Society, the significance of the American Revolution, and the lives and collections of the home's first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson. Built in 1905, the home was the Andersons' winter residence and retains much of its original contents—an eclectic mix of furniture, tapestries, paintings, sculpture, and Asian art. Larz, a U.S. diplomat from 1891 to 1913, and his wife, Isabel, an author and benefactress, assembled their collection as they traveled the world during diplomatic postings. Today, the house also features an exhibition gallery and research library.

Sight Information

Address:

2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20008, USA

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Phone:

202-785–2040

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Tues.–Sat. 10–4, Sun. noon–4

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