We are recruiting tour guides and tours for WalkingTown DC 2017. Do you have a special interest in or extensive knowledge of a neighborhood that you think will make an interesting guided tour? Do you want to give a free, special tour of an area of or topic about Washington, DC? If you provide your time and talent, we will provide promotion, participant registration, and post-tour evaluations. WalkingTown DC is a terrific way to promote a neighborhood, organization, or business.
To submit a tour offering, complete the 2017 WalkingTown DC Tour Guide Application Form and submit it no later than Wednesday, July 13.
To begin planning your schedule of guided walking tours, take a look some of the tours we plan to offer during WalkingTown DC:
Watergate and All the President's Men -- It's been forty-five years since the Watergate break-in took place right here in Washington, DC (June 17, 1972) but the scandal continues to make headlines. And remember the great movie All the President's Men (which was nominated for 8 Academy Awards) with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman? Join tour guide Robert Kelleman as he takes you to see some of the actual sites associated with the Watergate break-in and learn more about the book and film All the President's Men.
Springland Farm -- Tour the historic Springland Farm that was established in 1800 by Revolutionary War hero John Adlum and was arguably the most important vineyard in the history of the United States. The farm became the home to the National Bureau of Standards (1905-1966), University of the District of Columbia (1968-present), and the International Chancery Center (1968-present), that is home to 16 embassies. Chuck Ludlam, local historian and founder of the Springland Farm Community will share the fascinating 217-year history of the Farm and its progeny. This tour is not wheelchair accessible and includes navigating a 30 meter-long trail.
Murals of the U.S. Department of Interior -- Discover the art and architecture that made the Stewart Lee Udall Department of the Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. The tour of the Interior's murals is an hour and features 26 photographic murals by Ansel Adams and many of the 40-plus mural panels painted by artists such as Maynard Dixon, Allan Houser, Gifford Beal and John Steuart Curry. Diana Ziegler is your tour guide.
Congress Heights at the Crossroads -- Developed in the early 20th century as a white working-class streetcar suburb, Congress Heights sits in the heart of Ward 8. Its leafy streets feature an eclectic mix of single family homes, row-houses and small apartment buildings. As property values rise and the re-development of the St. Elizabeth's Hospital campus progresses, residents hope for better services and amenities while fearing displacement. Walk with guide Nathan Harrington to explore this unique DC community and the challenges and choices it faces.