Historic Georgetown Architecture Tour

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  • 2 hr

Established fifty years before the Capital, Georgetown began as a gritty port city on the banks of the Potomac River, described by Abigail Adams as a "dirty little hole". Despite its modest start, Georgetown is now home to palatial mansions, elegant cemeteries, stately churches, and a world-class University. We'll explore the highlights and secrets of DC's most exclusive neighborhood, discussing architecture, history, scandal, and more. By the end of the tour, we'll see Georgetown's full transformation in this rags to riches tale.

Itinerary Details

Our tour begins outside the favorite coffee/dessert shop for Georgetown locals, Baked & Wired. Grab a snack and let's go exploring! We'll start at the C&O Canal, getting an overview of the storied history of Georgetown. Then we'll peek inside the oldest building in Washington DC, before leaving the main drag to explore the neighborhood. We'll stroll along cobble stone streets, discussing the homes of movers and shakers like Jackie Kennedy and Ben Bradley. We'll see imposing mansions, stately churches, and a formerly salacious establishment, before crossing Wisconsin Avenue to the west side of town. Making our way over to Georgetown University and down the Exorcist Steps, we'll wrap up on the banks of the Potomac River at the beautiful Georgetown Waterfront.

Sights we discuss include: 


Chesapeake & Ohio Canal


Old Stone House


Laird-Dunlop House


Newton D. Baker House


Lydia English Seminary School for Girls


Grafton Tyler Double House


Christ Episcopal Church


Hyde-Addison School


Yellow Tavern


Pomander Walk


Volta Labratory


Georgetown Prepatory School


Georgetown University Healy Hall


Georgetown University Library


The Tombs


Georgetown Car Barn


Francis Scott Key Memorial


Cady's Alley


Georgetown Waterfront
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