Below is a partial list of the tours of WalkingTown 2018. Check back often for updates!
Art and History are Alive at the Cemetery -- Stroll through 300-year-old St. Paul's Rock Creek Parish and Rock Creek Cemetery. Occupying 86 manicured acres, this cemetery is Washington's only active Colonial Era church and churchyard. It is home to some of the most beautiful sculptures in the city rendered by many of America's greatest artists, including Auguste St. Gaudens and James Earle Fraser.
Frederick Law Olmsted and the US Capitol Grounds -- Commissioned by Congress in 1874 to design the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, Frederick Law Olmsted created an innovative landscape, presenting the Capitol building to greatest visual effect while overcoming numerous design challenges. Explore the history and design of the Capitol Grounds while learning about its intricate features.
Gallaudet University: A National Treasure -- Gallaudet University is the world's only liberal arts university for deaf and hard of hearing students. Now as well known for its Olmsted landscapes and Victorian buildings as it is for its educational excellence, the University house a museum in Chapel Hall and an iconic Tower Clock that still serves as the focal point of the college.
Hidden Gems of SE: Hillcrest and East Washington Heights -- This popular guided walking tour continues to challenge assumptions about the neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River. Hillcrest Heights and the adjacent Penn Branch and Dupont Park communities boast tree-lined streets of homes ranging from single-family Sears Bungalows and brick Colonials to stately subdivisions. A tour highlight is a visit to the former home of Dr. Louis A. Gebhard, a pioneer in the development of radar at the Naval Research Laboratory, whose 1934 center-hall Colonial in Hillcrest had a number of technological innovations.
Highlights from the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Collection -- Do you want to visit a jungle, desert and tropical paradise, all in the same day? Then tour the US Botanic Gardens and learn about the connection between the exotic plant world and everyday life. Learn about the latest in plant science during this one-hour, indoor tour of the U.S. Botanic Gardens' Conservatory Collection.
Iconic Downtown DC Theaters -- On this one-of-a-kind walking tour, you'll learn about two iconic cultural institutions – National Theatre and Ford's Theatre. Established in 1835, National Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theatre in DC and has been home to many celebrated national productions. At Ford's Theatre, uncover the details of the conspiracy to kill President Abraham Lincoln as you relive the actions of key players onstage and off, and stand in the spot where Booth waited outside the President's Box. Together, the National Theatre and Ford's Theatre capture the essence of great theatre, rooted in a tumultuous past and looking, always, to a vibrant and challenging future.
Irish American Influences in DC -- Discover the many and varied contributions of Irish-Americans who, from the colonial era through today, helped shape the nation and define the character of Washington, DC. This tour features the actions of historic figures and unsung laborers, heroes, and U.S. presidents, artists, advocates, architects and others -- all of whom share an Irish heritage.
Jewish Downtown Washington -- Learn what Jewish life and worship was like in Washington's historic Seventh Street NW neighborhood from 1850 to 1950. The tour includes visiting the sites of four former synagogues.
Lafayette Square in the Civil War Era -- Explore some of the most important people, buildings, and events associated with Lafayette Square, Washington, DC's most fashionable neighborhood during the Civil War era. Hear about the Blair-Lee House, George McClellan's headquarters, the attempted assassination of Secretary of State William Seward, the sensational murder of the son of Francis Scott Key by the notorious Dan Sickles, and much more.
L'Enfant Boulevard: Making Way for Change – Take a walk through the history, architecture, and plans for the future of L'Enfant Boulevard (formerly 10th Street SW). Hear about this historic street and the changes that took place during the 1950s and 1960s to revitalize Southwest Washington. See Southwest waterfront from the boulevard and park, and envision what's to come as this part of southwest Washington DC changes once again.
Meridian Hill Park: National Park and Neighborhood Oasis -- Meridian Hill Park was one of the first public parks in the United States to be designed as a formal park. Modeled after the grand Renaissance and Italian gardens that could be found in the world's great capital cities, the park has many unique features throughout its beautiful 12-acres. Learn about the design and landscaping, the statues, and the park's history and importance to the neighborhood.
Oak Hill Cemetery -- One of America's outstanding examples of the Rural Cemetery movement, Oak Hill Cemetery in upper Georgetown is as historic as it is scenic. See the gravesites and hear the stories 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; and others.
Springland Farm: Before UDC and the International Chancery -- 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), which is home to 16 embassies. Hear the fascinating 217-year history of the Farm and its progeny.
Tenleytown: In Searchof the Village Life -- Visit DC's Tenleytown neighborhood, which started as a humble village near the District's highest natural elevation. Learn how Wisconsin Avenue developed from a Native American footpath to a thriving commercial corridor. See some of the hidden (and not so hidden) historic gems of Tenleytown, including the Methodist Cemetery, Fort Reno, Grant Road, and The Rest, the oldest surviving house in the neighborhood.
Worthy Ambition: The Unique Architecture and Historical Figures of LeDroit Park -- LeDroit Park was developed in 1873 as an exclusive white "suburban" enclave. In this tour, explore unique architecture and the historical figures who transformed the neighborhood to the home of DC's black intelligentsia, as well as the unique 19th-century houses built in 12 distinct architectural styles.