Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Walking Tour of Historic GeorgetownPrivate Tour
Immerse yourself in the beautifully preserved Georgetown neighbourhood of colonial and Federal period buildings.
Adults: 4 Children: 0
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Family, Friends, History Buffs, Looking for Local
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.
No tickets required
Meeting points: Next to sculpture at Francis Scott Key Memorial
What makes this tour special
Leisurely soak up Georgetown’s unique atmosphere, browsing leafy squares and peering into alleyways and side streets to unearth some of its lesser-known gems. On your HistoricGeorgetown tour, you will:
Discover a host of famous names and faces that have resided in the neighbourhood - including John F and Jackie Kennedy, inventor Alexander Graham Bell, Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor, and chef Julia Child.
Marvel at the pre-Revolutionary buildings and admire architecture that dates from after 1800 that is preserved by the National Park Service.
Learn about the neighbourhood’s post Civil War flourishing African American community, its early 20th century slump and its ascent to the it-place of DC in the 1950's
Learn about young JFK and see the tavern booth where he proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier
Pop into one of the locally-owned cafes for a bite-on-the-go (not included in price), as you stroll the cobblestone pavements and canals.
Described as a “dirty little hole” by Abigail Adams, the former First Lady of the United States, Georgetown had humble beginnings: as a working port, on the banks of the slurry-filed Potomac River. Named after King George II, and founded in 1751, Georgetown served as a depot for the collection and shipment of military supplies during the Revolution. A textile factory, paper mill, grain stores and more flour mills were added and when the capital was established to the east, Georgetown's character became more distinct. Georgetown became renowned as a fashionable quarter of the capital, drawing visitors from all over the world and becoming part of Washington City in 1871.
After the Civil War, large numbers of freed slaves migrated to Georgetown and a thriving African American community flourished, establishing business and neighbourhoods. However, by the 1890s, the area had undergone a drastic decline and in the aftermath of World War I it was considered one of Washington's worst slums. However, within a generation, the trend had all but completely reversed. When a young Senator John F. Kennedy resided in the neighbourhood in the 1950s, Georgetown was the place to be and be seen.
Home to world-class shopping, rich history, five-star restaurants and one of the world’s best universities - in fact, the university for anyone looking to enter a career in Washington - Georgetown is a neighbourhood which simply cannot be missed.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
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QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
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