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
- We recommend bringing a bottle of water
- Note: This walking tour does not include access inside the private homes.