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(202) 337-2288

About Us

The Dumbarton House is a historic mansion for couples’ weddings in the Washington, D.C. area. This house museum is the perfect location for an elegant wedding with its brick walkway and rose bushes behind the house. This venue can be found in Georgetown, about 10 minutes from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Facilities and Capacity

Guests lists can reach as many as 200 attendees for a couple’s wedding at the Dumbarton House. Ceremonies can occur in the back gardens of this mansion. Typically, the first floor of the house is open to guests as they arrive, so that they may walk through the historic rooms, setting the tone for the wedding before heading to the back garden for the ceremony. There, the couple is backed by a brick wall that encloses the property for privacy. Flowers and shrubbery surrounds the couple in a sea of color. Receptions can be held in the first-floor banquet space at the house. This room, with light walls and golden chandeliers, opens via French doors to a lovely courtyard. Couples can also host a tented reception on the property.

Services Offered

In addition to - or in place of - their ceremony and reception, couples can host elopements, engagement parties or rehearsal dinners at this venue. For the couple’s occasion, the staff at the Dumbarton House provides the following services:

  • Bridal suite
  • Parking
  • Pet friendly
  • Wireless Internet


The house on this venue’s property was built by Samuel Jackson in 1799. The house traded hands many times following its construction, changing hands with the occurrence of significant historical events, such as the relocation of the nation’s capital from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. and the Civil War. It was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in 1928. The house is still used as their headquarters today. The house underwent restoration and reopened as a museum and event space for the first time in 1932.

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  • The Dumbration house is a very beautiful location, and it turned out exactly how we wanted it. However, in terms of staff at the Dumbarton house, that was a bit of a nightmare. I'd have to call and email a few time before getting a response, and the event coordinator had no idea which room we had booked just days before the ceremony. We were told when we booked that we'd have two rooms to hang out in before the ceremony for the guys and the girls. A week before the ceremony we were told there was renovations going on, and there was only one room available. There was zero communication. That on top of all the other stresses of planning a wedding, was incredibly annoying.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Venue

    Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

    $ 5,600.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

    $ 5,600.00

    Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?


    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

    $ 3,200.00

    What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

    $ 3,200.00

    Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

    Bridal Suite

    How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?


    Describe your venue

    Historic Building, Mansion, Museum

    What kind of settings are available?

    Indoor, Covered Outdoor, Uncovered Outdoor

    Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

    Ceremony, Reception, Engagement Party, Elopements, Rehearsal Dinner

    What event services do you offer?

    Get Ready Rooms, Pet Friendly, Wifi

    What transportation and access is available?

    Shuttle, Valet, Wheelchair Access

    What months are included in your peak season?

    April, May, September, October, November

    What months are included in your off-peak season?

    January, February, June, July, November, December

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