This charming shop is located in the Herb Cottage which was completed as the temporary baptistry of Washington National Cathedral in 1904, several years before the Cathedral itself was begun. Then "the Old Baptistry" served in the beginning as a small shop for plants and seeds under the auspices of the All Hallows Guild and eventually by 1958 the building was in full use as the Herb Cottage, making gifts available for pilgrims and visitors to Washington National Cathedral. It's open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
What to buy: Various jams, jellies, preserves, and marmalades in small jars. Chutneys, mustards, relishes, salad dressings, spreads (made with fruit juice concentrate instead of sugar), sauces, salsas and dips, toppings, fruit butters, wild berry honey, nuts and candies. And surely countless number of mixed and single herbs.
If I'd had a fridge I would have chosen a jar of mango butter, wild berry honey, guava jelly (I have no idea what's guava, do you?, I don't think it grows in DC :-) and fuzzy navel jam (interesting name, isn't it?).
What to pay: Almost the same price for everything: $3.5 per one jar (of 10 oz).
This large museum store offers religious and non-religious gift items, music CDs and tapes, reproductions reflective of this Gothic Cathedral, and books. It's open daily from 9.30 am until 5.00 pm.
What to buy: I paid attention to Christmas decorations, books on the cathedral (expensive) and replicas of a Cathedral gargoyle (from some $10 up).
What to pay: As usual in museum stores, prices are above average.