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Sites Associated with Thomas Jefferson

  • Gadsby's Tavern, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Jefferson stayed here on the occasion of a celebration in his honor in March 1801.[1] This site is now a museum.[2]
  • The Octagon, residence of John Tayloe, 1741 New York Avenue NW. Tayloe was not a particular friend of Jefferson's, but they did know each other.[3] The Octagon is now the headquarters of the American Architectural Foundation.[4]
  • Christ Church, near Navy Yard (622 G Street, SE). In 1807, the vestry reserved Pew No. 42 for President Jefferson, who responded with thanks, but noted that it would have been "extremely pleasing to have continued a member of their congregation and to have availed myself of their kind offer, had the distance of the new building permitted it." "This

single circumstance obliging me to decline it,I1 he added, "1 take the liberty of mentioning it to you, that the pew may not remain unoc~upied~(T~J to Henry Ingle, 6 Nov. 1807, CSmH)

    • The Gate, Navy Yard (8th and M, SE): TJ certainly had frequent

business with the Navy Yard as President, and it seems probable he would have been in this building at some time. Kalorama, residence of Joel Barlow. TJ is said to have visited Barlow to advise on his landscaping and orchards.

    • Sydney, residence of Samuel Harrison and Margaret Bayard

Smith, good friends and colleagues of TJ. This was their country residence. It is now subsumed in St. Thomas' Hall at Catholic University. Probable that TJ was there at some point.

    • Theodore Roosevelt (Analostan) Island. TJ went there

several times, both to visit its owner John Mason and to enjoy the farm and gardens.

    • Uriah Forrest house, 3350 M Street, NW. TJ was there in 1791.

Notley Young House (G Street between 9th and loth, SW), demolished 1856. TJ was here in 1791.

    • Quality Hill (Prospect and 35th Streets, NW). No idea

whether TJ was ever there, but he did know John Thomson Mason, its owner until 1807. First Baptist Church, 19 and I, NW. TJ probably was never in it, but he did contribute $50 toward it. Washington Theater, 11th and C, NW. Burned in 1821. TJ attended plays here. Suterrs Tavern, Wisconsin Street between M and Water, now gone. TJ often stayed here going to and from Philadelphia. Fountain Tavern, Royal Street, Alexandria. TJ often stayed here. David Shoemaker's house on F Street. Site of TJ's sitting for portrait by Saint-Memin. Long's Hotel, site of inaugural ball given for James Madison. TJ was there. Where was hotel? Pontius Stellets hotels at various Washington locations. TJ was probably in most of them at one time or another, although no specific references have been found. Stellers hotels in TJts presidency were on A Street, then Carroll Row on 1st Street. LCStanton, Monticello Research Center, iii.94


  1. MB, 1032.
  2. Office of Historic Alexandria. "Gadsby's Tavern Museum Homepage."
  3. MB, 1235.
  4. American Architectural Foundation. "The Octagon Museum."

Further Sources

Library of Congress, Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering.