Some Great Free Walking Tours this Weekend

Starting this weekend, Cultural Tourism DC will be hosting another of their annual free walking tour series. This includes dozens of free walking tours all over the city.

Here in Georgetown there will be two:

  • Herring Hill & Georgetown’s African-American Communities — Sunday Sept. 16th 1:oo – 3:00 — Learn about the rich history of Georgetown’s African-American community, starting in Herring Hill, which served as the center for both enslaved and freed black and continued as such through the mid-twentieth century. View the various schools, some dating to the early 1800s, that African American Georgetowners established. Hear stories about the Underground Railroad and the ill-fated voyage of “The Pearl”. The tour takes place primarily outside with the exception of the Dumbarton House’s Slavery exhibit.
  • Oak Hill Cemetery — Sunday Sept. 23rd — 1:00 – 3:00 — One of America’s outstanding examples of the Rural Cemetery movement, Oak Hill Cemetery in upper Georgetown is as historic as it is scenic. Join tour guide Craig Howell on this walking tour to the gravesites of Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; William Corcoran, philanthropist who established the Corcoran Gallery of Art; Philip and Kay Graham of The Washington Post; Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War under Lincoln; and local sportscaster Glenn Brenner.

Bot of these are fantastic subjects to learn about, and no better way to learn about them then to walk through them. Please note, the Georgetown tours tend to fill up quick. So even though it’s free, please register as soon as possible to secure a spot.

On this topic, GM has been thinking about pulling together a walking tour of Georgetown focused on architecture. Is that something people would want to participate in?

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