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Georgetown: Cold War Spies and Civil War Chaos Walking Tour

Georgetown: Cold War Spies and Civil War Chaos Walking Tour

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Enjoy a walking tour of lovely Georgetown and learn its wild history. Hear tales from its founding as a colonial port and its key role in the creation of Washington, D.C. to its role in the American Civil War and its modern focus on foreign espionage.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Visit the tavern where the C.I.A. was founded and penetrated by Russian spies
  • Marvel at America's most unusual house, built by Mark Twain's nephew
  • Learn of the Civil War spies who cheated the hangman's noose
  • Stroll by architecturally stunning sites frequented by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Pierre L'Enfant
Full description
Georgetown was key to the founding of the nation’s capital and was a place of bitter contention during the Civil War. It’s a site of political scandal and mysterious deaths, as well as a hotspot for Cold War, WW2, and current espionage. It’s a perfect place for a walking tour of scandal, murder, misbehavior, and intrigue--all surrounded by some of the nation's finest architecture and bistros. The tour starts off with the most haunted home in America and the tragic deaths of the officials who lived there. It will then move on to the strangest home in America, built by a man convinced he'd live forever, and then pays a visit to a site of the Underground Railroad.     Then, stroll by the house of the charismatic woman who gave seances to Mrs. Lincoln at the White House. See a restaurant where John and Jacqueline Kennedy dined and where the C.I.A was founded. Nearby, see another bistro, where a top KGB member defected from the CIA. Then, see "Secessionist Hill," where an old tobacco mansion played a role in a modern, unsolved murder.
  • A walking tour with a former Presidential speechwriter, ex-Tonight Show joke writer, and author of 12 books on history, humor, and politics
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet in front of the historic Prospect House, 3508 Prospect St., N.W., Washington, D.C., on the edge of the Georgetown University campus.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes for walking and dress for the weather

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