Georgetown Tour

Photo of Federal Era Townhouse in Georgetown

Historic Time Travel

To put it simply, a walk through Washington’s tony Georgetown neighborhood is a venture through time — of 200-year-old mansions and their eccentric owners, of fortunes in trade won and lost, of marvelous architecture from Federal to Victorian, of the once-bustling freedman community Herring Hill, of political intrigue, of green preservation and urban renewal.

"The Georgetown Set"

And, of course, no one can mention Georgetown without the Kennedys. In the 1950s John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline almost single-handedly turned the neighborhood into the city’s politically fashionable place to live. We’ll point out the houses of the movers and shakers, as well as the remarkable historic properties here that are open to the public.

Charming Storefronts, Intimate Cafes

This two-hour, two-mile tour winds up in Georgetown’s shopping and restaurant district just in time for lunch. Or if you’re on a roll, we can point you to the C&O Canal, the historic and bucolic waterway. (Be prepared to climb a hill or two.)

 

"The walk was a wonderful combination of history and architecture. I've lived in the DC area for more than 40 years, and I still came away with lots of new information. Thoroughly enjoyable." - TripAdvisor reviewer

 

Explore more Washington, D.C. walks: Georgetown Waterfront and Georgetown Waterfront GLOW

Is Georgetown considered D.C.?  Since 1871, Georgetown has officially been incorporated into Washington, D.C.  But its establishment as a tobacco port along the Potomac River predates the founding of the nation's capital by 40 years.  Georgetown was founded in 1751, Washington, D.C. in 1791.  That makes it one of oldest neighborhoods in the city!

Guides that may lead this tour: 

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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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When 

Sundays, April 3 through November 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

AUGUST 7 WALK CANCELLED DUE TO EXTREME HEAT FORECAST.

Also available for private and group bookings. Please email info@washingtonwalks.com for more information.

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

$35 per person for public tours. 

Please email us for a private or group tour quote.

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Where 
Embarks from the little park located at the intersection of 28th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. (Next to Sandlot Georgetown)
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