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Georgetown Walking Tour: Herring Hill and Georgetown’s African-American Communities

April 30, 2016 @ 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, on a walking tour to learn about the rich history of Georgetown’s African-American communities. Start in Herring Hill, a thriving village that served historically as the community center to both enslaved and freed blacks. Herring Hill continued as a strong African American community through the mid-twentieth century. Continue exploring Georgetown and see the various churches and schools established by African American Georgetowners during the 1800s. Hear stories of the Underground Railroad and the ill-fated voyage of The Pearl. To learn even more about the history of the African American community in Georgetown, read Black Georgetown Remembered: A History of Its Black Community from the Founding of “The Town of George” in 1751 to the Present Day by Kathleen Lesko. 

What you need to know:

  • Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the garden gates)
  • Tour starts at 1:00 PM sharp
  • Rain or shine
  • 2 hour tour
  • This tour will end back at Dumbarton House
  • We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance. Day of we can only accept cash/checks. 
  • 3 years and younger are free, must be in a stroller
  • No pets allowed
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Note: This walking tour does not include access inside the private homes.


April 30, 2016
1:00 pm-3:00 pm
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Meet at the corner of 27th & Q Streets NW
Washington, DC 20007


Dumbarton House