Friday, May 29, 2009

Walking Tours this Weekend!

WalkingTown DC Spring Edition is this weekend! I'm glad to see that the "Anacostia by Bike" and "Anacostia: Ridge and River" bike tours are once again completely booked, but there are still many more available.

The only tours that are truly focused on neighborhoods east of the Anacostia are of Barry Farm and Hillcrest:
Barry Farm, Anacostia
Saturday 10 am - 12 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.
Hillcrest and “East Washington Heights”
Saturday 2 pm - 4 pm
Meet and end outside Hillcrest Recreation Center
3100 Denver Street, SE

Discover grand boulevards, stately homes, and sprawling parkland in one of Washingtonian Magazine’s “Great Places to Live.” Enjoy city views and the lovely gardens of Hiram and Blaun Eva Brewton. Randle Highlands and Dupont Park comprise what was planned as an upscale 19th-century development called East Washington Heights. Led by WPFW 89.3 FM Latin Flavor host and Ward 7 resident Jim Byers.
For the full weekend schedule with descriptions, Click Here

Click schedule image for PDF of entire weekend:

courtesy of Greater Greater Washington

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. It should be a beautiful weekend for it!

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