Old Stone House

Old Stone House information

Washington, DC , USA
Address
Street 3051 M St NW
More information
www.nps.gov/olst
Opening hours
11am-6pm
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Lonely Planet review

Built in 1765, the capital’s oldest surviving building has been a tavern, brothel and boardinghouse (sometimes all at once) and today, despite sitting in the middle of M St, serves as a gardens and small museum on 18th-century American life. It was almost demolished in the 1950s, but a persistent (albeit false) rumor that L’Enfant used it as a workshop while designing DC saved it for posterity.