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Spirits of Georgetown Walking Tour

Posted on: October 27th, 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 that Georgetown has numerous ghost stories and strange happenings! Let Dwane Starlin, a member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, lead you on an evening tour around this historic neighborhood. Learn of séances, witches, apparitions, and paranormalities, and visit cemeteries.

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.