The current restoration of the Front Parlor was inspired by the discovery of new information – an 18th-century document that dramatically changed our understanding of the room’s furnishings.
The Front Parlor was a site of formal entertainment, featuring fine furnishings and architectural elements.
The room's origins also date back to the initial construction period of the house, thus speaking not only to George Washington's life but also to the broader evolution of the house and estate.
Nearly every important politician and dignitary who visited the Washingtons was entertained in this space, from the Marquis de Lafayette to Thomas Jefferson. The space was primarily identified with the lady of the house, and here Martha Washington presided over the tea table and showed off her family through the many portraits that she had commissioned and had hung on the walls.
George and Martha Washington spent a lot of their time in this lavish room.Explore the history of this space
The Front Parlor was part of the original house built for Washington’s father, Augustine Washington in the 1730s.