Washington Walks was inspired by a chance discovery.
Washington Walks founder Carolyn Crouch was pursuing her graduate degree in acting in Washington, D.C. when she took a trip to London. Naturally, attending theater was on her itinerary (a Tom Stoppard play at the National Theatre, some Harold Pinter produced by students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art). It was a decidedly unflashy black and white brochure, however, impulsively selected from the assortment of four-color-shiny-stock offerings beckoning from the rack in the hotel lobby, that changed everything. When unfolded, that no-color brochure revealed a schedule of dozens of different walking tours of London neighborhoods and historic places--the full-color spectrum of London on foot! Taking one walking tour led to two, led to three . . .
Carolyn returned from her British sojourn inspired.
She began to dream up walking tour itineraries of D.C. neighborhoods. In 1999, Washington Walks launched, becoming the first full-fledged company to offer walking tours of the nation’s capital and a way for visitors and locals alike to discover the history of the city's neighborhoods--the nation's capital as home town. Crouch suggests, “After you've absorbed the majesty of the memorials on the National Mall, take a neighborhood walking tour to expand your D.C. experience. In fact, it may be cheeky, but we like to say "if you haven't been on a Washington Walks tour, you haven't been to Washington!"
“We have an ongoing love affair with Washington D.C.’s history – its residents, architecture, and cultural significance – and like nothing better than sharing stories about those people and places.”
Washington Walks has grown to include more than a dozen fellow guides who are as passionate as Crouch about the District of Columbia. “We have an ongoing love affair with Washington D.C.’s history – its residents, architecture, and cultural significance – and like nothing better than sharing stories about those people and places,” explains Crouch.
BRENDA has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1982 when she helped launch USA Today newspaper as one of its founding editors. For decades, she told short, grabby, pertinent stories in print. Now, she enjoys telling stories face-to-face on tour.Read More
CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to her husband, who showed her the sites of his hometown on foot when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She studied English and Art History as an undergraduate.Read More
CHERYL grew up in the D.C. area and has seen Washington change a great deal over the years. Having traveled nationally for her work and internationally for fun, she still thinks D.C. is one of the most fascinating cities in the world.Read More
CHRISTINA attributes her love of walking tours to Sunday afternoon family strolls at historic spots in her native Ohio. She is a long-time resident of the D.C. area and had a career in electronic libraries.Read More
DAVID traces his love of history to having grown up next to Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a recreated mid-19th century living history village on Long Island. He moved to the D.C. area in 2003 following a stint as a park ranger at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York City.Read More
LAURA has been a D.C. area resident for almost 20 years and a lover of history for twice as long. A native of Austin, Texas, she spent years as a writer working in corporate settings in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and finally D.C.Read More
LEIGH has over thirty years experience as an actor and storyteller on stages across the country. She has served as a tour director up and down the East Coast, working with guests of all ages from around the globe.Read More
MANDY is a writer and book editor. She got hooked on D.C. history while working as communications director for Tudor Place Historic House & Garden, the Georgetown estate of one of Martha Washington’s granddaughters.Read More
MARK is a retired Foreign Service Officer, Defense Department official, and university professor. Born in Oklahoma and raised in California, Mark has lived extensively overseas but has made Washington D.C. his permanent U.S. home since 1977.Read More
MARTIN has been enchanted by the city of Washington since arriving in 1980 to pursue a government career in economics. He found he enjoyed pounding the sidewalks of the city as much as crunching numbers and began leading special interest tours for friends and community groups.Read More
MARY ANNE, a Washington area resident since 1972, is a former travel writer who rates the nation’s capital the most fascinating city she ever covered. She’s an avid architecture and history buff and shares broad knowledge of both fields on all her Washington Walks.Read More
MEG is a native of Queens, NY, (with the occasional accent to prove it), where she previously worked as a Ranger on the High Line in New York City. She lives in the D.C. area and has resided here for over 7 years, moving here 3 separates times – she loves the city so much that each time she had to leave she had to come back!Read More
PAUL is a journalist, history buff, actor, and former radio newscaster who has lived in the Washington area for 26 years and still discovers something new every week. A graduate of the University of Delaware, Paul lives in Springfield with his wife Angela and their two Shih-Tzus Luna and Chu-Chu, who enjoy watching crunchy gravel British costume dramas from the sofa along with their grownups.Read More
POLLY wanted to live in D.C. ever since she and her husband Mike drove 450 miles right down to the Mall one spring day in the 1970s and couldn’t find parking. They turned around and left in frustration. Like the Terminator, Polly swore she’d be back.Read More