The Old Stone House

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The Old Stone House

District Of Columbia

(202) 426-6851

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In the midst of Washington, D.C., a city of grand memorials to national leaders and significant events, stands an unassuming building commemorating the daily lives of ordinary Americans who made this city, and this nation, unique. The Old Stone House, one of the oldest known structures remaining in the nation's capital, is a simple 18th century dwelling built and inhabited by common people.

The Eastern National Bookstore in the Old Stone House is open seven days a week from noon to 5 p.m. A Park Ranger is on duty daily from noon to 5 p.m. When a Ranger is on duty you can view most of the house. The garden is open during daylight hours and is accessible through the gate on M Street.

Map of Old Stone House

Latitude, Longitude: 38.905244, -77.060123



  • Historic Sites

    The Old Stone House is significant because it is the last Pre-Revolutionary (Colonial) building standing in Washington, DC on its original foundation - that's before Washington, DC was even founded! The first owner was Christopher Layman, his wife Rachel, and two sons. The oldest portion of the house was built in 1765. It was a one-room, one-story home built for the Layman family. Over the course of its history, the house has served as a hat shop, a tailor shop, a locksmith shop, a clockmakers shop, a house roofing business, a house-painting business and used car dealership before the citizens of Georgetown petitioned Congress to buy and preserve the site. It did so in 1953, and gave it to the National Park Service to restore.

    From the Old Stone House visitors can take a walking tour of Black Georgetown. Learn about the over one thousand families that lived in Herring Hill from the mid-to-late-1800s.


The climate in Washington D.C. is seasonal. Summers can be very hot and humid with an average temperature of 82 F. Winters are variable and can be very mild to very cold. The average winter temperature is 35 F. Clothing should be in accordance with the season.



The Old Stone House is at 3051 M Street, NW, Washington, DC in Georgetown, directly across from the Barnes and Noble bookstore.

From Maryland: Interstate 495 and Rockville Pike Take exit 34 south onto Rockville Pike (MD-355S). Head into Washington DC for 7.3 miles; eventually Rockville Pike will become Wisconsin Avenue. At the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue NW and M Street NW in Georgetown, turn left and go 1 ½ blocks until you see the Old Stone House on your left, across from Jefferson Street NW.

From Virginia: Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 Take I-95N towards Washington DC. Merge onto I-395N towards Washington. Go 8 miles until you merge onto Washington Blvd. via exit 8B toward Pentagon/Arlington Cemetery/Rosslyn/Memorial Bridge. Go 1.5 miles, then take the George Washington Memorial Parkway north ramp towards US 50W. Go a short distance then take the ramp towards Memorial Bridge/Arlington Cemetery. Go a short distance and take a slight right onto Arlington Memorial Bridge. Cross bridge and take ramp towards Rock Creek Parkway/Kennedy Center. Turn a slight right onto Ohio Drive SW and then go a short distance to the E Street ramp towards Roosevelt Bridge/Whitehurst Freeway. Merge onto the Potomac River Freeway N, go .67 miles, then take the Whitehurst Freeway exit. Take the ramp towards Pennsylvania Avenue for a short distance, and then take a slight right turn onto L Street NW. Go a short distance and turn left onto 26th Street NW, then turn left onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Cross over the Rock Creek and take a slight left turn onto M Street NW. The Old Stone House is two blocks down on your right.

Public Transportation

There are no Metro Subway stops in Georgetown. The nearest stop is the Foggy Bottom stop on the red and blue lines. From Foggy Bottom walk north on 23rd St. to Washington Circle and bear to the left. Take a left at Pennsylvania Avenue and walk about 4 blocks to M Street. Make a left on M Street and the house will about 2 blocks on the right.

You can also catch the blue Georgetown shuttle buses at Foggy Bottom.

Phone Numbers


(202) 426-6851