Sewall-Belmont House and Museum
Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site
|Location||144 Constitution Ave., NE
|Area||less than one acre|
|NRHP Reference #||72001432|
|Added to NRHP||June 16, 1972|
|Designated NHL||May 30, 1974|
The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum is located at 144 Constitution Ave., Northeast, Washington, D.C., and the public entrance is on 2nd Street, NE, next to the Hart Senate Office Building. It is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday for tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Guided tours and group tours can be scheduled in advance by visiting the website. The nearest Metro stop is Union Station.
It was built on a tract of land originally granted to Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore by King Charles I of England. The property was divided several times, and it was Daniel Carroll who ultimately ceded much of the land to the United States as a site for the new capital. After Washington was laid out, Carroll bought a small parcel of land and in 1799 sold the property to Robert Sewall. According to his tax records, Sewall built the main house in 1800. He attached it to a small one-room farmhouse believed by some experts to date from 1750. Tradition has it that British troops set fire to the house during the War of 1812. It is believed that gunshots from within or behind the Sewall residence provoked the attack.
The house has undergone several architectural changes and restorations. The house remained in the possession of Sewall descendants until 1922, when it was purchased by Senator Porter H. Dale of Vermont. In 1929, Dale sold it to the National Woman's Party, and it has been the party's headquarters ever since.
Today, the house is also a museum that houses many banners, documents, pieces of furniture, and other artifacts of the women's suffrage and equal rights movement, as well as sculptures and portraits of women involved in the movements. It is also the home of the National Collaborative of Women's History Sites.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- "Sewall-Belmont House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-09-08.
- Sewall-Belmont House & Museum official site: Admissions
- Carol Ann Poh (August 23, 1973). PDF (32 KB). National Park Service. and PDF (32 KB)
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