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Private Tour

Morrison House: America's Founding Fathers at Home in Alexandria

Out of Alexandria came Washington DC. Uncover the city through the letters of notable American figures.
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Things to know

Duration:

3 hrs

Suitable for:

Couples, Family, History Buffs, Intellectually Curious

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Tickets included:

Rye whiskey cocktail at The Study, under 21's enjoy an ice cream sundae. 

Type of tour:

Walking tour - no transport is required for this tour.

Other inclusions:

Children under 5 are free.
Meeting points:

What makes this tour special

Let us bring to life the unique literary history of Alexandria through this crafted walking tour experience for the Morrison House,  including a free signature Morrison House rye whiskey cocktail at The Study and an ice cream sundae for kids. 

Out of Alexandria came Washington DC. Uncover the city through the letters of notable American figures.


Hemingway famously said of his craft, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” If he was right, then writers of the world’s most famous words left much of themselves in Alexandria. As your tour begins in The Study, notice other allusions to Hemingway, which will segway perfectly into your historical tour of Alexandria, as told through its literary past. Your historian-guide will join you to begin uncovering the notable figures who called Alexandria home at the forming of the nation and who penned language which endures and governs the world’s largest democracy today.

At the bottom of your glass, step out into Alexandria for a walking tour, which begins with tales of America’s famous founding fathers, and their ties to the town—from Washington and Jefferson to Frenchman Lafayette and founding trustee John Carlyle. Uncover the larger-than-life Washington by traversing the places which made Alexandria his home: visit the church where Washington was a member,  walk by the home of his first love and the home of his physician.  

On your walking tour, visit Gadsby’s Tavern, where you will hear of the letters written between other notable past presidents — Thomas Jefferson and John Adams — political opponents who went on to have an epic friendship, carried out largely through letters, and hear the providential tale of how both died on the same day: July 4th. Along your walk, learn how the city of Alexandria arose —  from its landed gentry to its slave heritage who built much of the infrastructure that remains today. 

As your tour winds down at The Morrison House, grab a warming whiskey, a few sheets of paper, tuck into your writing desk and let your thoughts from your tour unravel on a pen and paper, like those in centuries past. Whatever emotion your time in the city has stirred up in you, try your hand at penning an open letter to the nation, or at least a love letter to your loved ones. 

FAQ

QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.

Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <team@travelcurious.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.

For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.

Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.

To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <team@travelcurious.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.

Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <hello@tourioicity.com> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <team@travelcurious.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).

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