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Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes

Overview

Experience the rich and diverse history of Georgetown through the lens of its African American community on The History of Black Georgetown tour. Uncover the untold stories of those who shaped one of DC's oldest and most charming neighborhoods.

-Dig into the diverse history of Georgetown beyond its high-end shopping and restaurants
-Learn about the significant role of African Americans in Georgetown's past, with a population as high as 30%
-Hear the stories of descendants of enslaved peoples and free black folk who have lived in Georgetown for generations
-Uncover the unrecognized contributions of black citizens to the history of one of DC's oldest neighborhoods

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After purchase, you can request your preferred dates and times by following the instructions in the email you receive. If it's a gift, the recipient will also get an email with booking instructions.

Year-Round,
Offered multiple days a month

Practical information

Any restrictions to participate?

  • Age: All age groups are welcome
  • Physical limitations: Must be able to be on their feet for at least 2 hours. Not recommended for people with back problems.

Who can you accommodate for?

  • Individuals with disabilities: Wheelchair accessible 
  • Languages: English
  • Pets: Service animals are allowed

What to expect on the day of the experience?

  • Duration: 2.5 hours. Tour/experience may go slightly longer based on participant engagement throughout the tour/experience.
  • What’s included: Admission to the tour
  • Who will be present: You will have a guide with you at all times as well as up to 20 total participants. This experience will be cancelled if the minimum participant requirement is not met.
  • Spectators: No spectators are allowed, everyone must have a ticket/reservation.
  • Photo/ video: Photos are encouraged!

How to prepare?

  • Weather dependency: This experience is weather dependent
  • Arrival: Plan to arrive at the meeting spot a few minutes in advance
  • Parking: There is street and private parking near all meeting points
  • What to wear: Clothing appropriate for the weather, good walking shoes
  • Restrooms/ lockers/ changing rooms: No changing rooms, but there will be bathroom breaks during the tour.

Full description

Someone visiting Georgetown today may see it as another wealthy enclave in a continuously gentrifying Washington, DC. However, this charming area that boasts high-end shopping and gourmet restaurants has a diverse past. At one point African Americans counted for as much as 30% of the Georgetown population. Descendants of enslaved peoples and free black folk have lived in Georgetown for generations, but their contributions to its history do not often receive recognition. This tour will reveal the stories of the black citizens who made their mark on one of DC’s oldest neighborhoods.

The tour starts at 3206 O Street NW DC and ends at the Mt. Zion/Female Union Band Cemetery at 2501 Mill Rd. NW. There is a half-way stop at Thomas Sweet Shop for a bathroom break and refreshment.

Last Sunday of the Month at 2pm.

Returns, exchanges and cancellation

Unused Experience Vouchers can be returned within 30 days for a full refund to the original purchaser, no questions asked.

If you have any unused Experience Vouchers, you can exchange them for anything else in our marketplace, no matter when. If you choose an experience that's more expensive, you'll need to pay the difference, but if you choose one that costs less, you'll receive a credit towards your next booking.

No refunds are allowed once the experience is booked, but you can reschedule up to 24 hours before your experience, for a date within a year of the original booking. To reschedule, contact the experience provider directly. No-shows or rescheduling less than 24 hours in advance means losing the value of your experience.

Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
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Micah G

The Q&A session with the tour guide was the highlight of my experience. She was highly knowledgeable and shared detailed information about various events that took place in Georgetown, which I found very engaging.

Nancy T

Yesterday's tour with Katie was a fantastic experience. Her expertise, amiable nature, and humor made it thoroughly enjoyable. The tour lasted just over 2 hours, and since Georgetown is quite hilly, it's best to be prepared for that. I appreciated the fact that she keeps her groups small. If you're searching for something offbeat in DC, this tour is perfect for you! I highly recommend it.

Pauline R

"Off the Mall Tours" did it again with another captivating tour that delved into an obscure aspect of D.C. history. I was amazed to learn that Georgetown was once a blue-collar town with a significant African American population, including remarkable pioneers. I strongly recommend it!