DC Metro Area Open House Weekend, May 4-5, 2013

To celebrate Partners in Preservation, the 24 historic places competing for grant money will be opening their doors on May 4 & 5, 2013. Open House Weekend brings special events, prizes, scavenger hunts, behind-the-scenes tours, live music, food, and much more! See each place’s special plans for the weekend below or contact them for more information. Come out and celebrate preservation in the DC Metro Area at Open House Weekend!

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All Souls Church Unitarian
1500 Harvard Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

Hours: 9:30am to 3:00pm, Sunday May 5th

All are welcome to attend worship services at 9:30 and 11:15, each followed by social gatherings. Special tours of the Bell Tower will take place starting at 12:30 and lasting until 3:00.

Carter G. Woodson Home

Saturday: @ Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Street, NW. Washington, DC 20001

Hours: 1:00 to 3:00pm, Saturday May 4th

Learn about Dr. Woodson and the restoration projects seeking funding at his historic home in Washington, DC. Talk to project partners ASALH, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Woodson Family, Shiloh Baptist Church and the National Park Service while you tour the architecture of Dr. Woodson’s neighborhood. Ms. Lorraine Miller of the National Board of the NAACP will discuss the legacy of Dr. Woodson and its relevancy.

Sunday: @ 1318 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Hours: 1:00 to 2:00pm, Sunday May 5th

Come learn about Dr. Woodson and the origins of Black History Month through video presentations.

Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office

@ National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701

Hours: 1:00pm to 5:00 pm, Saturday May 4th

Site Superintendent Susan Rosenvold will be dressed as Clara Barton and will answer any and all questions about this American Heroine. For the first time in history – you can see artifacts from the Missing Soldiers Office on display in the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Artifacts include bloody socks Barton had collected, signs from the building, stationary and envelopes and much more. These have never been put on display before AND you can hear all about them from the foremost authority on the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office.

C&O Canal – Abner Cloud House
2248 Canal Road
Washington, DC 20007

Hours: 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Sunday May 5th

This weekend only, the Colonial Dames will open the Abner Cloud House for free, docent-led tours. Visit the oldest house on the C&O, built to expedite trade to the west, and learn about its history and relevance.

Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday May 4th; 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday May 5th

Visit the cemetery for Presidents and residents on Saturday and enjoy an all-day scavenger hunt, reveal of the new gate design, free docent-led tour of the cemetery, spaghetti sauce contest, and numerous John Philip Sousa-themed activities. Close the day with a wine and cheese reception. Stop by on Sunday for tours of the mausoleum row project and chamber music in the chapel (ticket required).

Dumbarton Oaks Park
3100 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20007

Hours: 10:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday May 4th

Enjoy a free Children’s Music Class in the Meadow with Levine School of Music, poetry with Grace Cavalieri, DC poet laureate and host of The Poet and the Poem series at the Library of Congress, walking tours and exhibits including a wildlife learning station and information on RiverSmart and energy-efficient homes! Come dressed to pull English Ivy to participate in park restoration activities in the meadow. Artists are invited to sketch and paint.

George Mason Memorial
900 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20024

Hours: 11:00am to 2:00pm, Saturday May 4th

National Mall Park Rangers will provide visitors with a history of the man, the memorial, and its place on the National Mall. Enjoy light refreshments, a photo-posing contest with George, and prizes.

Heyden Observatory
3700 O Street NW
Washington, DC 20057

Hours: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th; Stargazing 8:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday May 4th

Georgetown University’s Heyden Observatory will be open to the public this weekend only, including tours of the observatory and a possible appearance of Jack Jr., the university mascot. There will also be a stargazing event with the Georgetown University Astronomical Society at the observatory on Saturday May 4th from 8:00pm to 10:00pm.

LAMB @ Military Road School
1375 Missouri Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20011

Hours: 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday May 4th

Come enjoy building tours, a special message from former Military Road School students, food, music, and lots of fun and games for all ages.

Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region

@ Gangplank Marina. 600 Water Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Hours: 12:00 to 3:00pm, Saturday May 4th

Join staff and crew of the Living Classrooms to check out our vessels first hand and enjoy some light refreshments. Cantina Marina, also located at the Gangplank Marina, will be donating 10% of proceeds during the Open House, so stop by an enjoy drinks and lunch on the waterfront.

Meridian Hill Park
16th & Euclid NW
Washington, DC 20009

Hours: 2:00pm to 6:00pm, Sunday May 5th

There will be a celebration of how the community breathes life into the park. The National Park Service will have an information table and lead a guided tour of the park at 2:00pm. There will be additional tours throughout the afternoon. Tours will start on the upper Esplanade.

Metropolitan AME Church
1518 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Hours: Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th

Join us to celebrate our historic church building, a symbol of struggle and the sustained strength of a people this weekend. View the historic stained glass and learn more about what the church has meant to the Washington community since 1881. Go to facebook.com/MetropolitanAMEC for more information.

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005

Hours: 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Sunday May 5th

Join us for a free Raise the Roof with Girls Rock! All ages show by youth and adult musicians affiliated with Girls Rock! DC will showcase their talents during a series of performances and help you discover your inner rock star throughout the afternoon. Girls Rock! DC uses music education to create a supportive, inclusive and creative space for girls to develop their confidence, build community, and rock out.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I Street NW
Washington DC 20001

Hours: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, Sunday May 5th

Join an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of our 105-year-old building, including highlights of our historic stained glass windows. Browse the Sixth & I Library – a collection of signed books from all of the authors who have spoken at Sixth & I over the years. Explore the Wall of Fame, where all the talent who have appeared at Sixth & I have signed. Also, there will be plenty of photo opportunities, free food, and Sixth & I personalities.

Tivoli Square / GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20010

Hours: 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday May 4th

Enjoy light refreshments in the theatre lobby followed by a tour to view the theatre and historic dome. Stay for a documentary film about Roberto Clemente followed by discussion and Q&A with the director and lead actor.

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday May 4th

Rain or shine, enjoy free admission to the 47th annual Flower Mart, presented by All Hallows Guild. Stop by the Cathedral tent for an introduction to the building and other activities. At 10:30 all are welcome to listen to choral classics at the Cathedral Voices concert. Join us online for a special webinar on Sunday, May 5th to discuss the progress of restoration after the 2011 earthquake.


Darby Store
19801 Darnestown Road
Beallsville, MD 20839

Hours: 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday May 5th.

Visit the store for special tours and an archeological exhibit, experience live and participatory musical events, and enjoy other activities as planned.

Greenbelt Theatre
129 Centerway
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Hours: 12:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday May 4th; 12:00 to 4:00pm Sunday May 5th

Join us on Saturday for our Classic Film Series: WC Fields. Tickets are only $5 and include small popcorn. Stay to enjoy the Robert Goddard Jazz Band and Electric Strings outside in Roosevelt Center from 4-6pm. Or, come on Sunday for a group vote and join the Children’s Choir from St. Mary’s Church in Laurel in a movie-themed sing-a-long. At 1 pm we will do an aerial group photo of Greenbelt Theatre supporters/voters. At the nearby Community Center, at 15 Crescent from 1-4pm, and Artful Afternoon will be held.

The Kennel at Aspin Hill Memorial Park
13630 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Hours: 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday May 5th

Visit the historic pet cemetery and kennel and enjoy a tour the site while learning about our plans for rehabilitating the historic buildings and grounds.


Arlington House
321 Sherman Drive
Ft Myer, VA 22211

Hours: 9:30am to 12:00pm, Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th

Come view Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial and enjoy Park Ranger led tours inside the mansion and visit with period-dressed staff on the grounds. Look out for a surprise visitor from the past who will be talk to all visitors about “HIS” house and the need for further renovation. Kid friendly activities such as a face-painting will also be provided.

Colvin Run Mill
10017 Colvin Run Road
Great Falls, VA 22066

Hours: 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday May 5th

Join us for a slew of activities to celebrate the Mill: grain grinding, blacksmithing demonstrations, view an authentic “moonshine” still, hear Dulcimer music, see a woodcarving demonstration, enjoy samples made from the mill’s products, kid-friendly mill chores and hands-on activities, visit with animals from Frying Pan Park, and more!

Marine Corps War Memorial
Iwo Jima Memorial Access Rd
Arlington, VA 22209

Hours: 11:00am to 3:00pm, Sunday May 5th

Ever wonder what is inside the statue at the Marine Corps War Memorial? Find out what the cornerstone contains, who graffitied inside the base, and how workers climbed inside the figures to piece them together. Meet at the memorial.

Mount Vernon
3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th

Join us at Mount Vernon for a variety of special activities including a behind-the-scenes hike to the West Gate, an archeology lab, and a meeting with preservation professionals about the dining room restoration. Meet the curator and go on walking tours of the property. Our youngest visitors can gather to hear the story of the women who saved Mount Vernon from ruin. More at facebook.com/HistoricMountVernon.

The Athenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Hours: 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday May 5th

Eat, meet, and win! Enjoy tastings by caterers Tasteful Affairs and A Thyme and Place, meet author and historian Michael Lee Pope, poet Shelly Bell, and members of the award-winning band, Dead Men’s Hollow. Stay to win prizes from MetroStage, Hard Times Café, Pizzario Paradiso, Virtue Feed and Grain, The Fontaine. Vote on-site and enter a drawing for a free hour-long rental of the Athenaeum and make sure to pose for a photo with General Robert E. Lee, General Ulysses S. Grant, or both (if you are feeling conflicted about your loyalties).