Capitol Hill and Eastern Market Tour

Photo of vendors outside Eastern Market

Capitol Hill and Eastern Market

Although the outside world may associate the term Capitol Hill solely with the U.S. Congress, those who make Washington their home conjure up a very different image: a vibrant neighborhood spread across one of the largest historic districts in the country filled with quaint row houses, leafy parks, shops and cafes, churches and schools.

A stroll through residential Capitol Hill is akin to visiting a small town!

Pride of place is evident in the careful restoration and loving upkeep bestowed upon the 19th-century homes, their postage stamp-sized gardens adorned with flower beds and shrubs.

Although many of the stately row houses seen on this walk were not built until after the U.S. Civil War, Capitol Hill is nonetheless one of Washington’s oldest neighborhoods, first developed during the late 1790s just as the federal government prepared to locate here permanently.

This exploration includes the remains of a 1795 estate, a watering hole famous for its jazz singers, an alley that once teemed with 100 residents. It concludes at beloved Eastern Market, considered by many to be the heart and soul of “The Hill.”

"This is an excellent historic tour providing historic details for sites I have passed many times over the years. I now have a much greater appreciation for their historic significance...I would definitely recommend this tour!" - Goldstar reviewer


Explore more Washington, D.C. walks: Georgetown and Columbia Heights

Guides that may lead this tour: 
Portrait of David

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.

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Saturday, October 15, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.


Also available for private and group tour bookings. Please email for more information.

Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants on public tours.

$35 per person for public tours. 

Please email us for a private or group tour quote.

Embarks from Eastern Market Metro station.
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