Follow the signs on this self guided Cultural Tourism DC Neighborhood Heritage Trail to learn more about the rich military and political history of Capitol Hill's Barracks Row.
Tour of Duty: Barracks Row Heritage Trail's 16 poster-sized, illustrated signs combine storytelling with historic images to let you discover the history of this neighborhood.
The first sign is located at the Eastern Market Metro station plaza (Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE). The 90-minute, self-guided tour proceeds down Eighth Street, loops through the residential neighborhood, and ends at Eastern Market.
Walkers are encouraged to follow the trail at their own pace, sampling neighborhood character, businesses, and restaurants along the way.
For more information about this heritage trail, email us atTrail@CulturalTourismDC.org or call 202-661-7581.
Please note: When planning your visit please note that Sign 8 (Eighth and L Streets, SE) is temporarily down.
From Sign 7 continue south on Eighth Street, crossing L Street to reach Sign 9.
WHAT YOU'LL SEE
When celebrated composer John Philip Sousa walked the streets of Barracks Row, people called this neighborhood Capitol Hill-Navy Yard.
U.S. Marines and the U.S. Navy gave the community its unique flavor. Here Washington's oldest and largest industrial plant – the Navy Yard with its ship-testing facilities and massive gun factories – attracted laborers, engineers, sailors, and civilians for more than a century.
These residents developed businesses, churches, synagogues, and institutions that continue to support today's community. We invite you to experience today's thriving Barracks Row in the company of its lively past.
Along the way, you'll see:
- March King John Philip Sousa's birthplace and training ground
- The oldest continuously manned Marine installation in the nation The home of the first woman White House correspondent, Emily Edson Briggs
- Washington City's oldest Episcopal congregation. Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams were worshippers.
GET YOUR TRAIL BOOKLET
Trail booklets providing additional information are available for free at the following local merchants and organizations:
- Capital Hill Bikes, 719 Eighth Street, SE
- Capitol Hill Books, 657 C Street, SE
- Capitol Hill Veterinary Clinic, 520 Eighth Street, SE
- Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E Street, SE
- Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K Street, NW
- Navy Museum, Washington
- Navy Yard (Use gate at 11th and O Street, SE) Navy Yard Valet, 755 Eighth Street, SE
- Southeast Branch DC Public Library, 403 Seventh Street, SE
- Trattoria Alberto, 506 8th Street, SE
- Washingtoniana Division, Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW