Dumbarton House "is…one of the very finest and most beautiful houses in the United States," according to architectural historian Fiske Kimball, consulting architect for its original restoration. Dumbarton House reflects the emerging Adamesque style of architecture of the early Republic, and has an outstanding collection of Federal period furniture and decorative arts.
Built during the tumultuous presidencies of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the house has been restored to show it as it might have appeared during the time of its first resident, Joseph Nourse, who served as Register of the U.S. Treasury for the first six Presidents of the United States. The museum presents an unusual opportunity to catch a glimpse of what life was like in Washington during the early days of the Republic.
Today, Dumbarton House offers public and school tours, special exhibitions, lectures and concerts, children's days, and holiday open houses relating to the Federal period. Its beautiful Belle Vue Room and outdoor gardens are available for private and corporate rentals.
Dumbarton House is owned by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, an organization devoted to historic preservation and education. Through its State Societies, The NSCDA owns or maintains some 80 historic properties open to the public around the country. Dumbarton House is The Society's national museum and also houses its national headquarters.