National Society of Colonial Dames of America – Minnesota Chapter
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America administers three award-winning historic properties--
  • Gunston Hall,(left) located in Lorton, Virginia. This property, built in the 1750s was the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. The beautiful brick, Georgian-style mansion is known for its exquisite interiors and fine ornamental architecture. Gunston Hall and its outbuildings, museum exhibits, gift shop, and 550 acres of meadows, woodlands, and nature trails, is open to the public.
  • Dumbarton House, (bottom center) located in Washington, DC's historic Georgetown, is one of the finest examples of Federal-period architecture in the United States! Built about 1800, Dumbarton House and its outstanding collections of Federal furniture and decoratives show visitors what life was like in the earliest days of our nation's capital. Dumbarton House also serves as NSCDA's national headquarters.
  • Sulgrave Manor,(right) located in Sulgrave, near Banbury, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, is the home of George Washington's English ancestors. Built by Lawrence Washington in 1539, Sulgrave Manor is a wonderful example of a sixteenth-century English manor house and garden. It is open to the public.
In Minnesota, the Alexander Ramsey House, (top center) home of Minnesota's first territorial governor, was
presented to the Minnesota Dames by Ramsey's granddaughters, Anita and Laura Furness. The
Dames ceded ownership of the house to the Minnesota Historical Society, which owns and operates
it today, while maintaining a special interest in the house and its operation.
Many Dames state societies own and operate historic sites and museums, including the 1831
Hermann-Grima House in New Orleans,  the 1729 Whitehall Museum House in Rhode Island, and the
Quincy Homestead in Quincy, Massachusetts. To find Dames properties throughout the U.S., click here.