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Sites Associated with Thomas Jefferson[1]

  • Gadsby's Tavern, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Jefferson stayed here on the occasion of a celebration in his honor in March 1801.[2] This site is now a museum.[3]
  • 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.[4] The Octagon is now the headquarters of the American Architectural Foundation.[5]
  • Christ Episcopal Church, 620 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, "I take the liberty of mentioning it to you, that the pew may not remain unoccupied."[6] The church still stands today and has an active congregation.[7]
  • Main (Latrobe) Gate, Navy Yard, 8th and M Streets, SE. Jefferson certainly had frequent business with the Navy Yard as President, and it seems probable he would have been in this building at some time. Designed by Benjamin Latrobe and erected in 1806, this site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[8]
  • Kalorama, residence of Joel Barlow, once near the intersection of Massachusetts and Florida Avenues. Jefferson urged Barlow to buy this property in 1802, although Barlow did not do so until 1807. Jefferson is said to have visited Barlow to advise on his landscaping and orchards.[9] Kalorama was leveled by the city to extend S Street NW in 1889.[10]
  • Sydney, residence of Samuel Harrison and Margaret Bayard Smith, good friends and colleagues of Jefferson. This was their country residence. It is now subsumed in St. Thomas' Hall at Catholic University. It is very probable that Jefferson was there at some point.[11]
  • Theodore Roosevelt (Analostan) Island. Jefferson visited Analostan Island several times,[12] both to visit its owner, John Mason, and to enjoy the farm and gardens.[13] The site is now administered by the National Park Service as part of the George Washington Parkway.[14]
  • Uriah Forrest House, 3350 M Street, NW. Jefferson had dinner at this house in 1790, on his way to see the Little Falls of the Potomac River.[15]
  • Notley Young House, on G Street between 9th and 10th, SW. Jefferson was here in 1790;[16] the house was demolished in 1856.
  • Quality Hill, Prospect and 35th Streets, NW. We do not know whether Jefferson ever visited this house, but he did know John Thomson Mason, its owner until 1807.
  • First Baptist Church, 19th and I Streets, NW. Jefferson probably never visited this church, but he did contribute $50 toward it.
  • Washington Theater, 11th and C Streets, 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


  • 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.

  • 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 Jefferson's presidency were on A Street, then Carroll Row on 1st Street.


  1. This section is based on Lucia Stanton, Monticello Research Report, March 1994.
  2. MB, 1032.
  3. Office of Historic Alexandria. "Gadsby's Tavern Museum Homepage."
  4. MB, 1235.
  5. American Architectural Foundation. "The Octagon Museum."
  6. Jefferson to Henry Ingle, November 6, 1807, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Huntington Library.
  7. Washington Parish. "Christ Church on Capitol Hill."
  8. Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center. "Latrobe Gate."
  9. Harold D. Eberlein and Cortlandt V. D. Hubbard, Historic Houses of George-town and Washington City (Richmond: Dietz Press, 1958), 441.
  10. Ibid., 445.
  11. Historic Images of the Catholic University of America: Vanished Buildings. "St. Thomas Hall."
  12. MB, 1048, 1085, 1165.
  13. Gunston Hall, Home of George Mason. "Analostan Island."
  14. National Park Service. "Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial."
  15. Thomas Lee Shippen to William Shippen, Alexandria, September 15, 1790, in PTJ, 17:465.
  16. Ibid.

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