Historic Homes and Buildings

  1. Ford’s Theater

    The theater where Lincoln was shot in 1865 (see Civil War), has been restored by the federal government. It is now a memorial to the music- and theater-loving president (see Ford’s Theater).

    Ford’s Theater
  2. Decatur House

    Stephen Decatur was a renowned naval hero when he built this Federal-style townhouse in 1818, but he was killed in a duel soon after he moved in. It evokes the life of 19th-century middle-class America.

    • 1610 H Street NW

    • Open 10am–5pm Mon–Sat, noon–4pm Sun

    • Free

  3. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum

    George Washington was a patron of this former tavern. The older of the two colonial buildings, dating from ...

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