Posted tagged ‘Walking Tours’

Civil War Walking Tour of Fort Totten Happening on Saturday, 11 am

February 8, 2019

Tomorrow, February 9th, you can join join the Civil War Defenses of Washington for a tour of Fort Totten, one of 68 major forts that encircled Washington DC during the Civil War. The tour begins a 11:00 a.m. The fort saw action during the Battle of Fort Stevens in July 1864 and is one of 17 sites preserved and managed by the National Park Service.

Ranger Steve T. Phan, a Civil War expert, will guide visitors in and around the historic earthen fort, including recently discovered remnants thought to be lost during the post-war era. The walk will be 1.5 miles and conducted over paved sidewalks, dirt paths, and grass.

Meet Ranger Steve at the entrance to the Fort Totten Metro Station on Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m. Visitors will be guided back to the metro station at the conclusion of the tour.

For more information on the Fort Totten tour, click here. For more information on Fort Totten, please visit the CWDW Website here.

Below is a photo of Fort Totten today as well as several from the Civil War era.

Fort Totten today

Park View Walking Tour Happening This Saturday

October 26, 2016
The Park View School is one of the points of interest on Saturday's Park View walking tour.

The Park View School is one of the points of interest on Saturday’s Park View walking tour.

If you’ve wanted to go on a walking tour of Park View and just haven’t been able to in past years, there is another opportunity this Saturday, October 29th. I will lead the tour, which is part of the Washington Walks series and begins at 11 a.m. at the leaf sculpture by the Georgia Avenue Metro station. The tour will occur rain or shine and last for about 2 hours. No reservations are necessary, though Washington Walks tours have a $20 fee. Full details of the tour can be found here.

Park View Walking Tour Scheduled for September 27th

September 9, 2015
Leading the 2009 Park View WalkingTown tour.

Leading the 2009 Park View Walking Town tour.

It’s that time again, time to reserve your space for Cultural Tourism DC’s Walking Town neighborhood walking tours. This year, I’ll be leading the Park View tour, schedule for September 27th at 10 a.m. (register here).  As in years past, the tour will start at the Georgia Avenue Metro station and end at the school and playground.

If you like walking tours, but have already participated in the Park View tour, consider reserving space on any of the many other tours that have been pulled together. A full list of tours is on the Cultural Tourism DC Web site.


Tour the Historic Buildings and Grounds of the Soldiers’ Home!

August 21, 2013

Mark your calendars if you’ve ever wanted to take a tour of the Soldiers’ Home that includes going inside some of the historic buildings! In order to participate in this FREE event, simply show up at the Visitor Education Center. Tours of the ‘historic loop’ begin every half hour, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tours should last approx. 1 hour with the last tour beginning at 2 p.m.

The announcement from the email blast and Lincoln’s Cottage Website is below:

Soldiers Home tour

Do You Like History, Photography, and Want to Explore More of DC? — Then Here’s A Great Opportunity for You!

June 5, 2013

Here’s an event that will be of interest to those who have an affinity for Washington history and photography — walking tours in June through August developed in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC, Washington Walks, FotoDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. I’ll be participating in the Ward 1, Park View tour.

The full announcement from the Historical Society is below:

Summer Urban Photography Series Registration is Open!

The Historical Society’s collections hold over 100,000 photographs that illustrate the history of Washington. Many of these historic images capture D.C. neighborhoods block-by-block and document changes in the city’s built environment over many decades.

Produced in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC, Washington Walks, and FotoDC, the Historical Society will hold photography workshops and walking tours to help capture neighborhoods throughout the city. Selected photographs will then be featured in an online exhibit and could even be added to the Society’s own collections!

Wymer - Anacostia
House on the corner of Stanton and Pomeroy Roads SE (Wymer Collection)

Workshop and Tour Dates

Photography Workshop A on June 15, 1-3 p.m.
Photography Workshop B on June 29, 1-3 p.m.

Park View (Ward 1) on June 22, 9-11 a.m.
Deanwood (Ward 7) on June 29, 9-11 a.m.
Anacostia (Ward 8) on June 29, 9-11 a.m.
Brightwood (Ward 4) on June 29, 4-6 p.m.
Logan Circle (Ward 2) on July 27, 9-11 a.m.
Connecticut Ave. (Ward 3) on July 27, 4-6 p.m.
Brookland (Ward 5) on August 3, 9-11 a.m.
SW Waterfront (Ward 6) August 3, 4-6 p.m.

To register, please click on the above event. Since space is limited, there is a registration fee to secure your space in the workshops or tours. This fee will be refunded upon completion of the program.

We recommend that participants come to one workshop and at least one neighborhood tour. Participants should bring their own camera, even your smartphone will do!

This series is sponsored in part by:


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email Adam Lewis or call 202-249-3952.

Historic Park View Walking Trail Brochure Now Available

December 5, 2012

Park View Walking Tour coverAt long last, I finally have the first 500 copies of the Park View walking trail brochure. I dropped off some copies at DC Reynolds and Lion’s Fine Wines on Monday. I’ll also be dropping off copies at Tibet Shop over the weekend. I’ll also be spreading them around at other locations in the area so be on the look out for them.

I’ll also have copies with me on Thursday night at All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard Street, NW. That is when the Humanities Council hosts its 6th annual D.C. Community Heritage Project Showcase. That event starts at 6:30 and runs until 8:30 p.m.

If you want one and have trouble finding them, contact me directly and I’ll make sure you get one.

The trail consists of 21 points of interest roughly arranged in a circle. While the first and last points are at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Rock Creek Church Road, you can really start or stop at any point. Below is a sample showing stop 16.

Park View School walking trail

WalkingTown DC Neighborhood Tours Coming, Including Tours of Park View

September 15, 2011

It’s that time of the year again … when both Washingtonians and visitors to the City get to go on walking tours and explore the many, many neighborhoods that exist in D.C.

According to the Cultural Tourism DC Website, WalkingTown DC has been “hailed as a ‘DC institution’ by The Washington Post.” The 2011 WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC expands to ten days anchored by two consecutive weekends on September 23 – October 2. The program has more than 175 tours to introduce you to various D.C. neighborhoods.

For those interested in the Park View tour, this year you will have three dates to choose from: Saturday September 24, Sunday September 25, and Sunday October 2.  Of course, there are many great tours to choose from in all eight Wards. To discover the wide range of interesting tours available and the neighborhoods represented by Ward, go to the WalkingTown DC Tours by Ward page here.


Planning for Park View Walking Tour — What Would You Like to See?

June 22, 2011

Cultural Tourism DC is already hard at work putting together this fall’s walking tours and I’m considering leading a tour of the Park View neighborhood again. Last year I ended up leading two tours — one for Cultural Tourism and one for the Annual Conference on Washington, DC Historical Studies — and both were well received. The focus of the tours were sites of interest, but there is much more to the neighborhood than that.

To help me decide what the focus on this years tour should be, I thought I’d ask the greater community what they would like to learn about or see on a tour. The areas that the tour can focus on include:

  • Sites of interest;
  • People of interest;
  • Architecture and builders; or,
  • a combination of all of the above.

This year, rather than host tours in the spring and fall, Cultural Tourism decided to organize the event in the fall only and expand the event to ten days anchored by two consecutive weekends on September 23 – October 2. The majority of tours will take place on the two weekends: Saturday and Sunday, September 24 – 25 and Saturday and Sunday, October 1 – 2 with weekday tours offered during lunchtime and after work.

Last year's walking tour was attended by approximately 27 visitors


Final Public Review of Georgia Ave. Heritage Trail — Looks Good

January 20, 2011

There was a good turn out for the final review of the GA/PP Trail before installation

Last night, the public were invited to participate in the final review of the signs for the coming Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains heritage trail. The review was held at the Emergence Community Arts Collective located at 733 Euclid St. NW.

The finished trail will begin at the Shaw/Howard Metro and end at the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro. Last night’s community review was the first opportunity for the public to see the signs with images, text, and graphics all combined as they will appear when installed. It was also another opportunity to catch any final typos or errors in the text and ensure that the trail is a polished and perfect as possible.

One thing that I found particularly heartening was that the GA/PP trail wouldn’t prevent a future Park View trail. However, finding money to fund the trail would be a major obstacle.

Mock ups for signs 16, 17, and 18, which will be located on the Park View section of the trail


Tenleytown Heritage Trail Unveiling & Celebration Tomorrow, 10/13

November 12, 2010

If you are looking for something to do this weekend — and like history, culture, and walking tours — you may want to head over to Ward 3’s Tenleytown tomorrow. Cultural Tourism, DC‘s latest heritage trail will be unveiled and include a neighborhood celebration co-hosted by Rebecca Sheir, producer and host of WAMU’s Metro Connection, and Chris Gordon, reporter and legal analyst for NBC4.

According to the celebration’s announcement, “the Tenleytown Heritage Trail’s 19 sidewalk signs combine storytelling with photography to celebrate a DC community that started as a tiny village centered around John Tennally’s tavern, years before George Washington chose the site of the nation’s capital. Among the trail’s highlights are the city’s official highest point at the Civil War-era Fort Reno; the mostly African American community that grew up around the fort and survived until about 1950; important educational institutions, including American University; and communications pioneers. Kermit the Frog got his start in a Tenleytown television studio, and numerous radio and TV stations still broadcast from the neighborhood.”

The Cultural Tourism, DC, Web site includes a map of the trail and a digital version of the trail’s booklet for those that are interested in more information prior to going.

Details below:

When: Saturday, November 13, 2010, 1 to 4 pm
Where: Fort Reno Bandstand, Chesapeake St. between 40th St. & Nebraska Ave. , NW

Unveiling 1 pm
Fort Reno with Councilmember Mary Cheh and other special guests.

Trailwalk 2-4 pm
Featuring neighborhood stories and open houses.
Total trail walking distance: 3 miles

Metro: Take the Red line to the Tenleytown station, use east exit. Walk north on 40th Street two blocks, then east on Chesapeake Street half a block.


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