Thursday, April 24, 2008

WalkingTown DC: Anacostia

WalkingTown DC Spring Edition is this weekend! I'm glad to see that the "Anacostia by Bike" tour is once again completely booked (although not sure how much it ventures east of the River), but there are still many more available.

The only tour that is truly focused on a neighborhood east of the Anacostia is of Barry Farm:
Barry Farm, Anacostia
Saturday 10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Meet and end at Anacostia Metro station

This visit to Anacostia highlights an area that was once home to thousands of homeless ex-slaves after the Civil War. Secretly purchased by General Oliver O. Howard of the Bureau of Refugees, Freemen, and Abandoned Lands, and the local Barry Family, these 370 acres of land became affluent and nationally known as Frederick Douglass’s sons and other notables lived there. Led by Kalem Umrani and presented by Barry Farm Residents Council.
Regardless of which neighborhoods you pick, these tours are a really great way to learn about neighborhoods around the city that you might not have a reason to visit otherwise.

Full WalkingTown DC Schedule,
courtesy of Greater Greater Washington:

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Anonymous said...

There's also the East Washington Heights tour on Sunday afternoon.

Unknown said...

Kalem Umrani led the anacostia walking tour last weekend you mentioned. He was a great.

David Garber said...

thanks, Alicia. Sounds like it was a good time, albeit a bit sparse! glad you came out