Old Hickory in the Oval Office: The Andrew Jackson Presidency
How did the man who tried to dissolve the national bank end up on the most common bill in America?
Things to know
Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
No tickets required
Type of tour:
Walking tour - the cost of all public transport is not included between sights. Your guide will help you with this.
Gratuities optional Customisable - simply ask us
Meeting points: Andrew Jackson equestrian statue in Lafayette Square.
What makes this tour special
Washington DC is not only home to the famous and powerful, but to their secrets and scandals. Peel back the layers of this fascinating place and discover the stories that made headlines.
Explore the White House exteriors and Lafayette Square
Hear about one of America's most influential and controversial figures: President Andrew Jackson, who was the only president to ever pay off the national debt but also was the architect of the Trail of Tears. When we said provocative figure, we were not exaggerating.
Uncover some of the biggest scandals in D.C. history, many of which remain unknown to the public but are told in laudable detail by your local expert.
Historian Charles Grier Seller famously said that 'Andrew Jackson's masterful personality was enough by itself to make him one of the most controversial figures ever to stride across the American stage' - though many will say that he was just one of many contentious figures to have occupied the office, and with others saying today’s president is giving Jackson a run for his money. From his time as a military leader, where he secured present day Alabama and Georgia, to his wars against the National Bank and corruption, Jackson’s legacy is electrically charged to any who know the extent of his accomplishments, notorious or otherwise.
On this walking tour of the White House neighborhood and Lafayette Square, you will hear the wild controversies associated with one of America's most influential figures. Hear about Jackson's bloody military background and the Battle of New Orleans, discuss the infamous Petticoat Affair, learn why South Carolina almost seceded, uncover the ethnic riots and economic uproars which rattled his time in his office, and political brawls of the 19th century which put today’s politics in perspective. President Jackson's tumultuous career resonates strongly in the 21st century, with the secrets and scandals of the past echoing into the present.
Here’s where you ask the obvious question—why Jackson? Aren’t there other presidents who merit their own tour? Of course there are other presidents, and many of their colorful moments will be discussed throughout the tour. However, Jackson’s policies and expansive view of the presidency have gone on to shape the way occupants now act in the title role. That being said, if you have a president whom you esteem highly, don’t be shy—ask your guide what scandals your laudable favorite had while calling The White House home.
Travel Curious Tip: If you’re a big history buff and A-student, then get ahead start by reading Irving Stone’s The President’s Lady for a bit of backstory.
We built this tour because it helps travellers uncover the blurred lines between fact and fiction, while also taking an unusual spin on the standard White House tour of DC.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.
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QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Touriocity, 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).