A Brief History of Ice Cream

This week in celebration of National Ice Cream Month — Programs Manager Mary Lesher made ice cream. Try it out yourself and if you’re interested, continue to read about the historical context of the beloved treat, ice cream! Ingredients: 7/8 […] Read more ›

Dumbarton House Featured Flora: Chaste Tree

Written by: Kathy Clare, Garden Volunteer Vitex agnus castus The Chaste Tree is a native of China and India but has become naturalized throughout the South. Peter Henderson, an early American nurseryman, stated that the Vitex has been cultivated here […] Read more ›

Dumbarton House Featured Flora: Japanese Snowbell

Written by: Kathy Clare, Garden Volunteer Styrax japonicus Japanese Snowbell is native to China and Japan. It is a graceful, compact, deciduous flowering tree that grows to 20-30 feet tall with horizontal branching and a rounded crown. After the leaves […] Read more ›

Dumbarton House Featured Flora: Japanese Cedar

Written by: Kathy Clare, Garden Volunteer Cryptomeria japonica ‘Yoshino’ The Japanese Cedar is native to forested areas in Japan and China and is a species in the Redwood family. The foliage resembles the Giant Sequoias’. It is grown as an […] Read more ›

Samuel Jackson Goes to Washington

Written by: Colin Gliniecki, Visitor Engagement Specialist and Development Assistant While Dumbarton House bases much of its interpretation around its understanding of the Nourse family, there is a another entity who holds outsized influence on the house’s history. The property’s […] Read more ›

Dumbarton House Featured Flora: Globe Amaranth

Written by: Kathy Clare, Garden Volunteer Gomphrena Globosa Globe amaranth, scientifically known as gomphrena globosa, is native to South and Central America and is a member of the Amaranthaceous family. It is a heat tolerant plant and grows best in […] Read more ›

Architectural Q and A

Questions and Answers previously compiled by staff, volunteers, and interns Was there a barn out back? A horse and buggy (carriage)? A stable?      Although we don’t know where the outbuildings were located, Joseph Nourse’s writings do tell us the type […] Read more ›

Great Dumbarton Bake Off: Apple Pie

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, people around the world have turned to baking for solace, entertainment, and fun. My name is Mary Lesher and I run public programs for Dumbarton House. I decided to join in the fun […] Read more ›

Remembering Washington: A Painting of The Washington Family at Dumbarton House

Written by: James Stewart, Docent at Dumbarton House On August 24, 1814, during the British invasion, Dolly Madison directed Jean Pierre Sioussat, the French born doorkeeper, and Paul Jennings, an enslaved servant, to save a Gilbert Stuart’s Portrait of George […] Read more ›

Dumbarton House Featured Flora: Nandina

Written by: Kathy Clare, Garden Volunteer Nandina domestica Nandina domestica is commonly called heavenly bamboo or sacred bamboo. It is native to eastern Asia from the Himalayas to Japan and was brought to the West by William Kerr, who sent […] Read more ›