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Flight of the Madisons: Bellevue (Dumbarton House)

Flight of the Madisons: Bellevue (Dumbarton House)

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White House Historical Association (Matthew D'Agostino)

Flight of the Madisons: Bellevue (Dumbarton House)

A contemporary view of Bellevue (Dumbarton House).

A Federal-style house built in 1799 for Samuel Jackson, a Philadelphia merchant, Bellevue was purchased by Charles Carroll in 1813. Carroll was among those who convinced Mrs. Madison to leave the President's House during the burning of Washington in 1814, and he escorted her to Bellevue along with her enslaved maid Sukey, her sister Anna Cutts, and Anna's children. Located in Georgetown in the middle of Q Street, in 1915 Bellevue was moved 100 feet to its present site to avoid demolition. It was renamed Dumbarton House in 1928 when the National Society of Colonial Dames of America acquired the property and established it as a historic house museum and the national headquarters for the organization.

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