Saturday, October 20, 2007

The White House: Tourism

  • 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 England school trip organized by Student tours Inc. cost $450, for 3 day visit of DC including bus fare.

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