U.S. Daughters of 1812 Museum

In 1992, the 100th Associate Council voted to purchase the late-Victorian house immediately next-door at 1463 Rhode Island, NW.  The first floor, houses the N.S.U.S.D. of 1812 Memorial Library, which contains many holdings on genealogical research and scholarly studies on the War of 1812 period.  The second floor of the new building, occupies the 1812 Museum.  It is an exceptional facility dedicated to the 1784-1815 time period.  One treasure in particular which is housed in the museum, is a vintage 12 star American Flag, which was carried during the War of 1812.  This flag is showcased in a specially designed "Flag Room" which is visible as visitors ascend the staircase.  The adjoining Andrew Jackson Room houses relics pertaining to the Battle of New Orleans and the revered general. The large front room facing Rhode Island Avenue features various War of 1812 artifacts.

The flagpole out front of national headquarters, is a topgallant mast (marked on picture to left) from the U.S.S. Constitution, was given to the National Society in 1933, following the reconditioning of the famed "Old Ironsides." Before it could be installed on the front lawn, twenty feet of its original length had to be cut off to be in compliance with District of Columbia height regulations.

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Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays
10 am - 3:00 pm

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

There is no charge for admission and the public is warmly welcomed.

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History

The museum and organization headquarters features a flagpole made from the mast of the US frigate Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” which won several battles against British ships.

Also on display are a 12-star American flag that was carried during the War of 1812 and a sword presented to Battle for Baltimore navy hero Lt. John Adams Webster.

Founded in 1892 by Flora Adams Darling, the U.S.D. of 1812 is a nonprofit women’s service group.

Members are descendants of those who fought in the War of 1812 or provided other civil or military service to the country during the period 1784-1815. 
 

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Last updated: April 30, 2015
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