Delivery & Equipment

Delivery & Equipment

Are there any delivery restrictions?
Yes. We are within the security perimeter for the US Capitol complex. A delivery form must be submitted to Sewall-Belmont House & Museum a full 24 hours in advance of your event. Click here to download the delivery form (PDF). Fully completed forms should be emailed to

What if there are protests/construction/street closings on our event day?
If we hear of anything specific, we will do our best to make sure that you are informed. Due to the nature of the area, and the security protocols, we cannot guarantee that we will have advance notice. Most vendors that regularly deliver to the Hill know that they need to accommodate for any last minute street closings.

Are there tent sides on the tent?
Tent sides are available, if requested. However, there is an additional fee. Depending upon how many and the type of sides you request, the fee varies. Also, it is important to note that at least three business days is needed to schedule the crew and install the sides. It is highly recommended that you account for any weather concerns sooner rather than later. If you wish to have tent sides, please contact Vicki Anderson at Select Event Rentals at (301) 604-2334 x4175,

What if it rains and we decide that we want the sides put on the day of the event?
You are welcome to contact Vicki Anderson at Select Event Rentals at (301) 604-2334 x4175,; however, there is no guarantee that they will be able to fit your event into their schedule. Please note that we do not have any sides on site.

Are fans/heaters/air conditioners available?
For an additional fee, yes. Depending upon the type and number requested, this fee varies. Many caterers/event planners can order these for you. Or, you may contact Vicki Anderson at Select Event Rentals at ((301) 604-2334 x4175, to order this equipment.

What if we need a few extra chairs or an extra banquet table?
All equipment needs should be thoroughly discussed with your caterer/event planner. In the event that you need a few extra items–and that we can accommodate the needed items–we will invoice/deduct from the security deposit the appropriate amount. Any items that are damaged, broken or missing will be invoiced at the replacement value.

Are candles allowed in the terraces/tented area?
Candles are not allowed anywhere on the grounds.

Are decorations allowed inside the House?
No decorations are allowed inside the House. At no time will artifacts, signage, or exhibits be removed from the Museum. Flowers are allowed under the tents/outside and in the Interior Terrace. However, at no time are flowers allowed in the historic section of the house.

What types of decorations are allowed outside?
This is only limited by your vision and budget. While no items may be permanently affixed to the tent, House or garden, you can hang lanterns, string lights, pictures, etc. Please keep in mind, though, that what goes up must come down. All decorations must be removed at the conclusion of your event or your deposit will be forfeited.

Is there lighting in the exterior terrace and tent?
Yes. The tent and exterior terrace have basic, dimmable can/spotlights. While these supply plenty of light for your event, you may wish to embellish the area with colored lights, lanterns or spotlights. Please contact Vicki Anderson at Select Event Rentals at (301) 604-2334 x4175, for your lighting needs.

Can we have a band? Can we have a DJ?
Absolutely! However, music must be shut-off 15 minutes prior to the end of your contracted time.

Do you have a sound system/microphone we can use for our speaking program?
We do have a basic sound system with a microphone and speakers that is available for a fee of $250.00 not including the damage deposit. We do not have a wireless microphone.

Do you have a coat rack that our guests can use?
The self-service coat rack we have can accommodate about 100 coats. If an additional coat room is required, or if you prefer a coat check, please ask your caterer or event planner about renting racks and/or hangers. Please keep in mind that we are not responsible for any items lost, left or stolen from the coat rack.