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Marine Corps Barracks DC-Off The Beaten Path For DC Tourists

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In 1801 President Thomas Jefferson rode through Washington DC scouting for a location to house the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Ever since that day the Marine Barracks DC has stood in a prime downtown location and was key in protecting the city during the War of 1812. Though not as well known to those outside of the military as Quantico Marine Base located 30 miles south of DC, the Marines stationed at the barracks are an integral part of the security and ceremonies that happen in the Nations Capital every day.

If you have ever watched the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery, seen the silent precision rifle team or listened to the Marine Corp Band playing Hail to the Chief, then you have seen some of the Marines stationed at the Barracks. 

 

 

Commandants House-Marine Corps Barracks DCThe Home of the Commandant’s located on base has been home to all but two of the Marine Corp Commandants since it was built in 1806. The house was not destroyed by the British when they attacked DC in 1814 and it is thought to be the longest continuously occupied building in DC. It is currently being prepared for renovations and it may mean the record of a continuously occupied building may be broken.  The home has grown from a small four-room home to a 15,000 square foot Federalist style residence with over thirty rooms.  

The Marine Barracks DC is listed as a National Historic Landmark and though it is not open to the public, tours area available at 10 am on Wednesdays or you can make private arrangements through the Public Affairs Office at (202) 433-4173.  If you are making a trip to DC in the near future make sure you put this little know part of Marine Corps history on your itinerary.


If you are a Marine with PCS orders to the Marine Corps Barracks, Military District of Washington, Pentagon or Quantico give me a call at 703-346-2213 to discuss your housing needs during your next tour in the area.

 

 

Marine Band photo from Marine Corps website and is a public domain photo
Commandants House photo by dbking on Flickr

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Comment balloon 14 commentsCindy Jones • October 11 2010 10:26AM

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Cindy, great job. As you know I am off to DC often, I have never been to the site, but will definitely be putting this on the bucket list. Thanks

Posted by Gerry Michaels, GettysburgGerry Social Meida (Glasswork Media Arts) about 8 years ago

Cindy, Thanks for a piece of OOH-RAHH history!!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) about 8 years ago

Semper Fi, Cincy

Posted by Jon Elshaug, Independent REALTOR 760.390.8396 - USMC (Ret) (Sinacore & Associates ) about 8 years ago

Thanks for the little known piece of history...we have not been there and need to put it on our list to visit. 

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 8 years ago

Gerry-next time you come this way we need to have lunch!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

Bliz-you are welcome.  Hope you are enjoying the day.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

Jon-thank you for your service to our country. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

Susan-In the summer you need to get tickets for the Friday evening parade.  Awesome!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

The Friday Sunset concert is amazing.  Couldn't ask for more pomp and circumstances unless you were at Buckingham Palace.

Posted by Pat Fenn (Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker ) about 8 years ago

Pat you are right.  The Friday evening parades in the summer are a sight to see.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

Cindy,

I don't plan on being in DC anytime soon.. but still enjoyed reading about the Marine Corp Barracks.  Next time we're that way.. I'll remember.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 8 years ago

Judi-if you are headed to DC visit put the Marine Corps Barracks on your list to see.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

Hi Cindy~

I have Marines in the Family, so this post rang true for me. I might not be objective, but I think this is a super Localism post. ..I'm "suggesting"!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 8 years ago

JaneAnne-thank you for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the post.  We owe a lot to our military families and I'm fotunate to get to support local families as both a Realtor® and a friend.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 8 years ago

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