Capitol Riverfront

See how newly-created public parks and industrial buildings repurposed as residences and restaurants are attracting locals and visitors to Capitol Riverfront, a 500-acre from-scratch neighborhood along the Anacostia River that has grown by leaps and bounds since the first developer’s shovel broke ground in 2003.  In addition to the tranquil river, new landmarks such as Nationals Park, the headquarters of both the U.S. Department of Transportation and D.C. Water, and The Yards Park, with its fountains, water wall, elevated overlook, and grassy areas, now provide Capitol Riverfront with a sense of place.  Yet the area was once home to D.C. landmarks of a different sort:

  • Countless members of Washington’s LGBTQ+ community danced the night away at the iconic nightclub Tracks (remember the volleyball court?);
  • Thousands of government employees arrived to work each day at the Washington Navy Yard Annex and Southeast Federal Center;
  • Black congregants worshipped at St. Matthew’s Baptist Church for over 100 years.

Discover not only where these sites once stood, but where evidence of the neighborhood’s historic past can still be seen.  And because absorbing D.C. history requires energy, the walking tour will stop to fuel up at Ice Cream Jubilee, a Capitol Riverfront (and Washington Walks) local business favorite.  

 

Led by Carolyn

 

What's in the Navy Yard?  Adjacent to the residential section of Capitol Riverfront is the Washington Navy Yard, the nation's first naval yard and first home port.  In the 19th century is was the major site for U.S. naval gun manufacture.  Production stopped in 1962.  Today the Navy Yard serves as a ceremonial and administrative center for the U.S. Navy.  The campus was designated an historic district in 1976 due to its buildings dating from 1799 to 1920.  The National Museum of the U.S. Navy is located there, too!

 

Discover more great D.C. walking tour adventures: Buzzard Point and Renewing Urban Renewal

 
When 

Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

 

Also available for private and group tours. Email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

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

$25 per person for public tours. 

Please email us for a private or group tour quote.

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Where 
Embarks from outside the Navy Yard Metro station's New Jersey Avenue, SE exit (200 M Street, SE).
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