Historic Southwest Waterfront

Thomas Law House in Southwest Washington, D.C. MAPIO

Historic Southwest Waterfront

Join Washington Walks on an exploration of D.C.'s Southwest waterfront neighborhood and hear about its connections to the U.S. Civil War and the largest attempt by enslaved Americans to escape to freedom.

The Southwest waterfront has morphed from a small collection of late 18th-century brick buildings along the Potomac River to a large group of mid 1960s structures of steel and concrete. In between, the riverside has been the site of

     - a conflagration during the War of 1812,

     - where 77 enslaved women, men and youth attempted to sail to freedom aboard the schooner Pearl,

     - the execution of the "Lincoln Conspirators," and

     - a lonely wharf where poet Walt Whitman tended to wounded soldiers. 

Discover one of D.C.'s oldest neighborhoods that just so happens to exist alongside one of its newest place-making developments, The Wharf.


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Portrait of Carolyn

CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Approximately 2 hours

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Embarks from outside Waterfront Metro station (399 M Street, SW)
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