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. Book directly via DC Design Tours for the best experience and price!

Itinerary Details

Operated by: DC Design Tours

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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