History of the Old Stone House

NOTE: Starting November 1, 2017, Rock Creek Park will temporarily close the Old Stone House for approximately 1 year for fire suppression/rehab work.

Click on a link below to learn about the history of the Old Stone House:

 
Clock made by John Suter in 1810's

Suter Clock at Old Stone House

Clock made by John Suter in 1810's

Old Stone House was a car dealership in the 1940's

Parkway Motors 1940's

Historic photo of Old Stone House in 1940's when it was a car dealership.

View of the Old Stone house through the garden

Old Stone House from garden

View of the Old Stone house through the garden

Colonial style corn husk dolls and glass tokens

Colonial style toys at Old Stone House

Colonial style corn husk dolls and glass tokens

 
Since the days when Great Britain ruled the colony of Maryland, Old Stone House has withstood the forces of development and commercial growth that made Georgetown one of the nation's busiest ports by around 1800. Ironically, local folklore is responsible for saving this historical landmark from destruction. In 1791, when President George Washington and Pierre Charles L'Enfant arrived to carve out the federal district from the surrounding "wilderness", they stayed at the Fountain Inn, operated by John Suter and his family. Commonly called Suter's Tavern, the inn was where the president held negotiations with local landowners. Suter's son, John Suter, Jr., would operate a clock shop in Old Stone House around 1810.

Last updated: November 8, 2017

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