Georgetown Waterfront 1910-1932, Washington, DCNineteenth century Georgetown was not celebrated for its tony boutiques, outdoor cafes, and high profile residents. Its character was besmirched by a villainous element lurking about the waterfront. No one braved its threat more often than Police Officer Ernest W. Brown, who began his career as a patrolman and eventually became the first superintendent of the DC Police Department. Tag along with Office Brown circa 1896 as he walks his beat and recounts the lawlessness and criminality of lower Georgetown by exposing sites associated with seedy nightlife and social disorder. Shocking!


Officer Brown will be portrayed by Bill Brown (no relation), a fifth-generation Washingtonian, who discovered his interest in crime and disorder in Georgetown while a volunteer and later seasonal Park Ranger for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. He is a former Lt. Colonel, Deputy Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department. Bill currently serves as president of the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of the District of Columbia.


This walk is part of our Get Local! Saturday walks, a series of weekly walking tours that focus on D.C. neighborhoods and historic sites. Click here to see them all!