March 27 to April 2, 2020 March 27 to April 2, 2020





As the DMV continues grappling with the COVID-19 public health crisis and people are encouraged to practice social distancing, this week’s Culture Communiqué offers things to do alone, in small groups, and virtually. We are featuring self-guided DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails developed by Cultural Tourism DC and some virtual experiences offered by our Affiliates. Whether you need resources for home schooling, want to tour a venue or exhibition, or just have fun during breaks in your day, you can explore DAR Museum, Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, Ford’s Theatre, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, or The Woodrow Wilson House video collection and many other CTDC Affiliates. What ever you do, enjoy your day!






As you review your exercise options during the next few weeks, consider walking along Cultural Tourism DC's Neighborhood Heritage Trails. These self-guided walks are the official walking trails of the District of Columbia. Each trail offers a one- to two-mile trek adorned with large poster-sized markers that combine stories, historic photographs and maps to bring DC history and culture to life. There are 17 heritage trails throughout the city, so pick one and get some fresh air, or relax and enjoy reading a Heritage Trail guidebook or listen to an audio tour!


Georgia Avenue and Pleasant Plains

Georgia Avenue once was known as the Seventh Street Turnpike. It was built to extend Seventh Street, which started at Washington's Southwest wharves, ran to its main market square Downtown, and continued to where, until 1871, the city ended at Boundary Street, today's Florida Avenue. Lift Every Voice: Georgia Ave./Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail tells the stories of four distinct neighborhoods: Shaw, Pleasant Plains, Park View and Petworth. Neighborhood highlights include the Howard Theatre, Howard University, the “Nile Valley” and buildings that housed Wonder Bread and other bakeries. Follow the 19 poster-sized trail signs to learn about the merchants, musicians and residents who built a community along one of Washington's oldest thoroughfares.


Logan Circle

Logan Circle is a neighborhood and historic district in northwest Washington, DC, and is the only major traffic circle in downtown DC that remains entirely residential. The neighborhood is named after General John Alexander Logan, whose statue is in the center of Logan Circle. Restored Victorian houses are part of the photo-driven narratives that present the rise, fall, and revival of the area, from humble rural beginnings as open farmland, through the significant period after the Civil War brought an influx of contrabands and freed people, to today's destination neighborhood. Follow the 15 signs of A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail on a 1.5-mile walk that offers gentle exercise, a myriad of restored Victorian homes, and stories of the artists who once lived there.




Populated by signature wood-frame houses on large lots in far northeast Washington, Deanwood looks like a country town. The community, which sits on a former tobacco plantation owned by the Sheriff family, developed in the 1890s. Several well-known African-American architects, including W. Sidney Pittman and Howard D. Woodson, and skilled craftsmen designed and built most of its homes. Fifteen signs along A Self-Reliant People: Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail introduce you to the sites of the National Training School for Women and Girls, founded in 1906 by Nannie Helen Burroughs, and Suburban Gardens Amusement Park.


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