I visited the Octagon House because of my interest in both architecture and history. As an example of early 18th Century architecture, it's a rare example of upper class urban living. During my visit they were in the midst of some restoration, which was interesting to experience as well. Our docent was very knowledgeable about the house and its history. The second story circular-shaped room was where James Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent ending the War of 1812 since he and Dolly had to vacate the White House when the British set it to flames in the same war, and lived here during the reconstruction. There's still work to be done on this house, but get off the busy DC streets and take a look at an interesting piece of architectural and US history.
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