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Americana fans, quilting enthusiasts, and amateur historians like to dawdle here. The DAR Museum gives visitors a glimpse of pre-1840 American life through its displays of folk art, rocking chairs and other furnishings, silverware, samplers, and everyday objects. Its Americana Collection showcases the paperwork of each period, from Colonial days, through the Revolutionary War, up to the country’s beginnings: diaries, letters, and household inventories. Be sure not to miss the Period Rooms.