- In 1790, President George Washington signed act of congress declaring federal government would reside in a district “ not exceeding 10 square miles “
- Location decided by George Washington and city planner Pierre L’Enfant, was
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
- Architect was James Hoban. Construction started in October 1792.
- First president to live in house was John Adams in 1800
- The White house is the only Head of State residence that is visited by the public free of charge.
- Thomas Jefferson held the white house inauguration in 1805.
- Sections visited are: Blue Room, large entrance hall, Cross hall, Grand Staircase, East Room, Green Room, library, Red Room.
- Self guided tours: visiting hours are 7:30 am to 12:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.
- White house visitor center, open 7:30 am to 4pm seven days a week.
- Public transportation strongly advised, no on street parking.
New Englandschool trip organized by Student tours Inc. cost $450, for 3 day visit of DC including bus fare.