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Spirits of Georgetown Walking Tour

Posted on: October 28th, 2017 by Stephanie Boyle No Comments

Illustration to Robert Burns’ poem “Halloween” by J.M. Wright and Edward Scriven

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

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 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.