11.03.2011

The Old Stone House | Georgetown




The Old Stone House in Georgetown is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to photograph. The garden behind it is magical and there are always flowers in bloom no matter what the season. The light is yummy and it is hardly ever crowded.

 A little history courtesy of the National Park Service

The Old Stone House, located at 3051 M Street in Georgetown, was built in 1765, making it the oldest standing building in Washington, DC. The exterior of the house is constructed of locally quarried blue granite. The house was built by Christopher Layman, a cabinetmaker by trade, as both a residence and a shop. Layman died shortly after constructing the house. It was sold to Cassandra Chew who added a wing to the rear of the house in 1767. The street (then called Bridge Street) was a main thoroughfare for road traffic from the Western frontier and paralleled the canal into Georgetown. The house has been used throughout its history as a residence or residence/shop, until it was purchased in 1953 by the U.S. Government.