Foggy Bottom

Thomas Jefferson once suggested the U.S. Capitol be placed in this river front neighborhood located between Georgetown and the White House. Originally a little port town called Hamburg, Foggy Bottom was later site of two breweries, a gas works and a naval observatory. While the neighborhood’s industrial character has vanished, you can still explore Foggy Bottom’s alleys and courts and discover the neat rows of houses blue-collar workers called home as well as 19th-century churches where they worshiped. These historic sites exist cheek by jowl with George Washington University, which established its Foggy Bottom campus in 1912. Sixty years later, on June 17, 1972, a break in at Democratic National Committee headquarters in the nearby Watergate office building changed the course of American history, ensuring the name "Watergate" be forever associated with political scandal. (Less contentious meanings of the word have to do with a cascading stairway and a cozy cafe.) The walk will conclude at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts took up, providing an opportunity not only to see inside the "living memorial" to President Kennedy, but also to take the elevator to the Center's rooftop terrace.  The panoramic views of the nation's capital are breathtaking!


Led by Carolyn


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Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Approximately 2 hours
No reservations necessary. Simply show up!

$20 per person (kids 3 and younger free). $5 discount with U.S. military or federal government ID. Pay in advance or with cash or a credit card when you arrive.

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Embarks from outside the Foggy Bottom Metro station by the bust of George Washington.
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