A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail

A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail invites you to explore the dynamic and historic Logan Circle neighborhood.The Heritage Trail's photo-driven narratives 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.

Fifteen poster-sized signs show you the bustling 14th Street corridor's development from a trolley line to the celebrated "Automobile Row" of car dealerships. Stroll past the myriad beautifully restored Victorian houses, including the former homes of renowned artists Gil Scott Heron and James Lesesne Wells. Discover religious institutions frequented by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Obama. See where the National Council of Negro Women got its start (and its next-door neighbor, a home for Confederate veterans). Learn about the Whitman-Walker Clinic's heroic history.  See where imaginative artists and theater folk sparked the revival that led to today's arts and entertainment district.

A Fitting Tribute: Logan Circle Heritage Trail is Washington, DC's 15th Official Walking Trail. The 1.5-mile walk offers approximately two hours of gentle exercise. The first sign is located on the corner of 16th and Q Streets, NW, three blocks east of the Metro Red line's Dupont Circle stop (Q Street exit). The self-guided tour goes east from 16th street and then loops around Logan Circle Park. Walkers are encouraged to follow the trail at their own pace, sampling local businesses and restaurants along the way.

For more information, email us at info@CulturalTourismDC.org or call 202-355-4280.

PLEASE NOTE: SIGN 4 HAS BEEN TEMPORARILY REMOVED DURING CONSTRUCTION. To reach Sign 5 from Sign 3, walk north on 14th Street, turn right (east) on R Street and proceed two blocks to Vermont Avenue.

Heritage Trails in the Media

Article: Walk Back in Time, by Margaret Ely (c)2013, The Washington Post



- The Overseas Korean Cultural Foundation, an affiliate of the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea, dedicated to the study and protection of Korean cultural heritage worldwide.

- Site of the Letcher Art Center, a school run by Duke Ellington's first cousin, and used in the late 1960s by Ellington's first cousin once removed, jazz musician Henry Letcher, Jr.

- Whitman-Walker Clinic, a pioneer in responding to the AIDS epidemic.

- An equestrian statue of politician and Civil War General John A. Logan (1826–1886) who lived on the circle. In 1930 the circle took his name. Logan was a founder of Memorial Day.

- Site of Camp Barker, a Civil War-era contraband camp that housed the formerly enslaved who made their way to the nation's capital.

- Masterworks by photographer Gordon Parks and the place that inspired them.



Access the trail map here.

A copy of the guidebook is available for download here.

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