Mt. Vernon – The Mansion and outbuildings as well as the working farm were inherited by George Washington. Watch and speak with many reenactors dressed in period garb as they actually work the farm. Located about 22 miles south of DC you might even consider adding a boat trip down the Potomac that will dock at the pier at Mt.Vernon. You might add a stop for lunch in Alexandria. Reservations and tickets are required to enter Mt. Vernon; the Mansion, George and Martha Washington’s home, will have its own start time and tickets.
Alexandria – Old Town: Where the Washington’s Shopped and Worshiped. This walking / driving tour encompasses cobblestone streets and hundreds of quaint buildings dating from the mid-1770’s where US history was made. Your Guide will help you visualize the bustle of this lost world taking you through Old Town Alexandria’s place in history that includes wars, fires and floods! Only 15 minutes from the National Mall don’t underestimate the charm of Old Town – it can cast a spell! Add the Air Force Memorial and Pentagon 911 Memorial for a full day of touring.
Arlington National Cemetery – Includes the Changing of Guard and the Kennedy Gravesite & Eternal Flame. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for over 400 of our national heroes. There is a ticketed trolley available to take visitors from area to area in this 600+ acre site. However, this is basically a walking tour – through sacred ground. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Our Guides can lead you directly to headstones, memorials and statues of special interest to your group.
Embassy Row & National Cathedral Grounds Tour includes stops at the Gandhi statue at the Indian Embassy as well as the Churchill & Mandela statues at the British and South African Embassies. View miles of foreign flags fluttering atop embassies from countries around the globe. Many of these embassy buildings themselves are exquisite examples of turn-of-the-century opulence – a story in itself and your Guide will tell all! End the tour with a walk around Washington National Cathedral.
Tour of the Interior of Washington National Cathedral – The National Cathedral is the 6th largest in the world. Tickets are required as well as reservations for larger groups. Only by seeing it in-person can you capture the true majesty of the Washington National Cathedral including colossal stain glass windows – a moon rock is embedded in one of them. Several subterranean chapels, the Cathedral’s world-famous organ plus the High Altar are included in the tour.
Georgetown – Walking & Driving Tour… where the Kennedys fell in love. Our Five Star Guide will lead a walking tour along the historic brick sidewalks of Georgetown to include all the addresses – especially on N Street associated with the Kennedys. Add lunch at Clyde’s or Martin’s Tavern – where JFK proposed to Jackie. Includes a drive to the Kennedy Center, nearby. End at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, site of the JFK Funeral. Add a stop at the eerie Exorcist steps and a stroll around the Campus of Georgetown University.
Library of Congress – Tour of US Capitol and Supreme Court Grounds Tour includes the interior of the incredible Library of Congress- located at the far east end of the National Mall. Heavy security may be in place and it’s possible we will have to walk up Capitol Hill. If time allows we add the Archives of the United States, nearby. Your Guide will describe the long-ago rivalry between the Library of Congress and the Archives. We drop off and pick up as close as legally possible to the Library of Congress and drop off at the Archives where your Guide will lead you through the displays of the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.
HIllwood Estate and Gardens – Once owned and developed by Marjorie Meriweather Post this home features a rare glimpse of the everyday life of an heiress in the 1920’s and 30’s- including outfits worn by the lady of the house. Later as the wife of the US Ambassador to Russia Marjorie Merriweather Post purchased thousands of rare artifacts sold in Russia after the 1917 revolution- many on display. As a devoted lover of plants and flowers Ms. Post also created acres of ethereal gardens as well as a large greenhouse for her orchid collection.
Anderson House- A Gilded Age Mansion. Mr. Anderson’s forefathers fought alongside George Washington. Together with Washington and Alexander Hamilton they founded The Society of the Cincinnati. Cincinnatus was a victorious Roman General who gave up the leadership of the Roman Empire so he could go back to being a farmer – exactly as George Washingon had done! A medal was designed for club members by L’Enfant – who also happened to create the original plan for Washington DC! Mr. Anderson himself was an important American diplomat. Upon his death he left his home to the Society of the Cincinnati. It is an exceptional example of how wealthy turn-of-the century diplomats lived and entertained.
The Octagon House, The Heurich House & The Mansion on O St. either together (if time permits) or separately are examples of the allure of the Federal City once it was established here in 1791 by George Washington. The Octagon House was designed and built by one of George Washington’s friends, Colonel William Tayloe who had decided he and his family who lived on a sprawling farm should have a house in the new Federal City- a city which was yet unnamed. Said to be haunted, your Guide can catch you up on that sad tale involving a multi-floor spiral staircase – was it murder? Octagon House is now owned by the American Institute of Architects. It is partially furnished and may be haunted as well. You decide. The Heurich House / Brewmaster’s Castle is a great example of how up-and-coming wealthy Americans lived and played in the late 1800’s. Mr. Huerich was a brewer from Germany who emigrated to the United States. His beer sold well and he prospered. Eventually he built this state of the art Victorian mansion. Top interior designers of the time from New York guided in the selection of everything… how times have changed! The new home even included a mancave – a lower level secret room where Mr. Huerich could play cards with his friends! The Mansion on O Street was originally designed by Edward Clark, the Architect of the Capitol in 1892. In the 1890’s Mr. Clark brought German woodworkers to the Capitol to assist with the Capitol expansion and gave them rooms in his home in exchange for their creating elaborate interior wood carvings. Today’s Mansion was built as 3 distinct townhouses that connected at the basement level. Mr. Clark wanted to provide housing for his two brothers – one of whom was Speaker of the House of Representatives. During its history The Mansion on O Street has housed G-men and spies…your Guide will have the scoop! Presently it is a ticketed house museum, hotel and a restaurant where guests may purchase any item of decor they like.
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