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To view pictures of damage to the Cottage on South Road by a fallen crane, September 2011

About The Herb Cottage Gift Shop
A charming gift shop currently offering unique gifts and accessories for every occasion located on the B-2 level of the parking garage.

In 1904, the cottage was completed and used as a Baptistry for the not yet completed cathedral.  The All Hallows Guild started using it around 1916, as a place to store plants and seedlings which they sold to raise funds for the Cathedral gardens.

The Herb Cottage is independent and not-for-profit. The revenue it raises through the sale of gifts and souvenirs goes to the beautification and preservation of the 54 acres of gardens and grounds surrounding Washington National Cathedral. 

While it sustained no initial damage from the August 23, 2011 earthquake, it was moved from the historic octagonal building when a crane fell on it September 7, 2011 damaging its roof, side and the beautiful landscape in front.  Thankfully, the Shop was able to move in to a temporary location on level B-2 of the parking garage.

Come in and see why the Herb Cottage has been delighting shoppers for almost 80 years.

Welcome!  Come in and see our Gifts for every occasion

Proceeds from Gift Shop Sales Benefit the Cathedral’s Gardens & Grounds.
View our great variety of gifts:  Gifts Gallery >>

Our Shop on the B-2 level of the Cathedral parking garage will be open "winter hours" until March 1st when we resume daily hours (10 am to 5 pm).
Winter Hours
Open Tuesday & Wednesday, 12 noon to 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Closed Monday, Thursday & Friday

Parking in the garage is free on Sundays and on the roads of the Cathedral Close on Saturdays and weekdays after 3:30 pm.

Gifts and Accessories
We are proud to offer handmade, Fairtrade & American-made gifts & accessories for every season and occasion.  View our “Gifts Gallery” for a sampling of our wide-range of items. 
History & Herb Cottage Photos
The Cottage has a rich history – built in 1904 as a temporary baptistry,  became the Guild’s charming gift shop until 2011.    Photographs inside and out tell the story.
Upcoming Special Events & Calendar
View our calendar for the Cottage's events, openings & closings. Groups are welcome and we are pleased to offer hospitality to them with prior arrangement.
Contact Us–Directions–Parking
We welcome your telephone order and will pack & ship for you.  But do come in and see us - directions and parking are easy.  Interested in becoming a volunteer in the Cottage?
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