During his time as U.S. Senator, John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, lived in several homes around the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Before January 1961 when the Kennedy family moved into the White House, they lived at a total of seven residences around Georgetown!
While all of these historic homes are private residences, you can take a self-guided walking tour to these homes of Camelot, but none offer interior tours:
- 1528 31st Street, NW where, as a Congressman, he first lived in DC for three years starting in 1946.
- 1400 34th Street, NW where JFK lived from 1949-51. For a while, his sister Eunice lived there until she became engaged to Sargent Shriver.
- 3260 N Street, NW is where Kennedy began his career in the Senate. While living there, he attended a Georgetown dinner party in 1952 and met the captivating Jacqueline Bouvier. It was another nine months before, at another dinner party thrown by the same couple, he again met and this time, asked Jackie out.
- 3271 P Street, NW is where Senator Kennedy lived when he took Jackie to the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball in January 1953. He also later proposed to her from this house…
- 3321 Dent Place, NW is the first house where the Kennedy’s lived together, but only for resided there for five months in 1953-54. It was a rental for the newlyweds and when the gardener’s first invoice arrived,
- 2808 P Street, NW JFK and Jackie moved into this house in 1957. During their period here, the Democratic Party looked at Kennedy as a possible presidential candidate.
- 3307 N Street, NW This is the townhouse that Jack bought as a gift to Jackie after she gave birth to their first daughter Caroline in1957 and late John, Jr. The family lived here when JFK started his campaign for the Presidency. They stayed in this home until 1961 when he was elected President and moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
After leaving the White House, the family moved to 3038 N Street, NW for a brief stay (four months), after which they relocated just down the block to 3017 N Street, NW. The family lived there for less than a year, under the constant harassment of the press and photographers until they moved to Manhattan.
Additional points of interest:
Walking tour maps and more information is available at the Georgetown Visitors Center located at 3242 M Street, NW.
Nearest Metro subway station- Foggy Bottom – Blue and Orange Line, then about a 3/4 mile walk or Dupont Circle – Red Line and a 1 mile walk.
From the National Mall area or downtown, take the DC Circulator Georgetown-Union Station route to M Street and Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
Enjoy your tour! Jonathan, Innkeeper
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