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

Posted on: April 29th, 2017 by Stephanie Boyle No Comments

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.

Georgetown Walking Tours: March Cherry Blossom Cupcakes

Posted on: March 25th, 2017 by Stephanie Boyle No Comments

Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, for a delightful walking tour of Georgetown- with history and cupcakes! The tour will begin at Dumbarton House and make stops at Baked & Wired, Sprinkles, and Georgetown Cupcake to pick up our pre-ordered cupcakes, meaning you get to skip the long lines!
Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with each bakery’s cherry blossom inspired cupcakes. Ditch the crowds at the tidal basin and take in the beautiful blossoms throughout Georgetown – DC’s most historic neighborhood. The tickets includes one cupcake from each shop. *Flavors subject to availability.

What you need to know:

  • Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the garden gates)
  • Tour starts at 1:00pm sharp
  • Rain or shine
  • 2 hour tour
  • Tickets must be pre-purchased online. We pre-order your cupcakes to make your tour more enjoyable, so it means some advanced preparation! Cupcake orders are placed by noon the Thursday prior to the tour. If we have additional spots open after Thursday at noon, you will be able to see the available number of tickets on this page. Ticket sales close Saturday at 11am.
  • No pets allowed
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • We recommend that you bring a bottle of water
  • Tour ends at Sprinkles.

Did you know?: The first mention of a cake produced in a cup goes all the way back to 1796, in the cookbook, “American Cookery” by Ameila Simmons. The first reference and recipe for an actual “cupcake” is printed in Eliza Leslie’s 1828 cookbook, “Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats.”

Georgetown Walking Tour: The Kennedy’s Georgetown

Posted on: November 26th, 2016 by dbh-01

Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, for this delightful meander through Georgetown. Walk to the homes and neighborhood spots frequented by President Kennedy and Jackie during their years in Washington. See where the couple became engaged, their Georgetown home, and where Jackie stayed after JFK’s assassination in 1963.  

What you need to know: 

  • Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the garden gates)
  • Tour starts at 1pm sharp
  • Rain or shine
  • 2 hour tour
  • 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
  • Tour begins and ends at Dumbarton House
  • Note: This walking tour does not include access inside the private homes.

Spirits of Georgetown: Georgetown Walking Tour

Posted on: October 28th, 2016 by dbh-01

With over 200 years of history, it’s no surprise the Georgetown has numerous ghost stories and strange happenings! Let Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, lead you on an evening tour around this historic neighborhood.  Visit cemeteries, past & present.  Learn of séances, witches, apparitions, and paranormalities. 
What you need to know:

  • Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the garden gates)
  • Tour starts at 6:00pm sharp
  • We recommend bringing a flashlight as this is an evening tour
  • Rain or shine
  • 2 hour tour
  • We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance. Day of we can only accept cash/checks
  • No pets allowed
  • 3 years and younger are free, must be in a stroller
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Tour begins at Dumbarton House and ends at the Exorcist Steps at 36th & Prospect Street, NW

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Did you know that in Ireland and Scotland, the turnip has traditionally been carved during Halloween, but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin, which is both much softer and much larger – making it easier to carve than a turnip. The American tradition of carving pumpkins is recorded in 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.

Georgetown Walking Tour: Fall Cupcake Tour

Posted on: September 24th, 2016 by dbh-01

Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, for a delightful walking tour of Georgetown- with history and cupcakes! The tour will begin at Dumbarton House and make stops at Baked & Wired, Georgetown Cupcake, and Sprinkles to pick up our pre-ordered cupcakes, meaning you get to skip the long lines! Enjoy your treats as you learn about Georgetown – DC’s most historic neighborhood. Tickets include one cupcake from each shop. As the leaves begin to change, enjoy delicious apple, caramel, and chocolate flavored cupcakes from the bakeries. *Flavors are subject to availability. 

What you need to know:

  • Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the garden gates)
  • Tour starts at 1:00pm sharp
  • Rain or shine
  • 2 hour tour
  • Tickets must be pre-purchased online. We preorder your cupcakes to make your tour more enjoyable, so it means some advanced preparation! Cupcake orders are placed by noon the Thursday prior to the tour. If we have additional spots open after Thursday at noon, you will be able to see the available number of tickets on this page. Ticket sales close Saturday at 11am. 
  • No pets allowed
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Tours will end at Sprinkles. 

Did you know?: The first mention of a cake produced in a cup goes all the way back to 1796, in the cookbook, “American Cookery” by Ameila Simmons. The first reference and recipe for an actual “cupcake” is printed in Eliza Leslie’s 1828 cookbook, “Seventy-Five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats.”