The History of Black Georgetown

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Departs: Washington DC, Washington DC

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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**Note - This tour is only offered on a private tour basis from mid-December until February. Starting In February it will be offered the last Sunday of the month.

Someone visiting Georgetown today may see it as another wealthy enclave in a continuously gentrifying Washington, DC. However, this charming area has a diverse history. Originally a busy port for the export of tobacco, it was also the site of an active slave trade, and at one point African Americans counted as 30% of the Georgetown population. Descendants of those enslaved peoples and black free folk have lived in Georgetown for generations, but their contributions to its history do not often receive the same recognition. This tour will reveal the stories of the black citizens who made their mark on one of DC’s oldest neighborhoods.

The tour starts at 3206 O Street NW DC and ends at the Mt. Zion Cemetery, at 2501 Mill Rd. NW. There is a half-way stop at Thomas Sweet Shop for a bathroom break and refreshment.

What's Included

Over 2 hours of historic information offered by an experienced guide.

What's Not Included

Coffee and/or Tea

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 2 - 13
  • YOUTH: Age: 14 - 17
  • ADULT: Age: 18 - 64
  • SENIOR: Age: 65 - 100

Additional Info

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Georgetown University
The gothic-style Healy Hall was built at the direction of, and named for, Georgetown University's only black President, Patrick Healy.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Pomander Walk used to be Bell's Court, owned by Alexander Graham Bell. Bell's Court was characteristic of alleyway communities throughout DC, where you had a close-knit black community.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Rose Park
This historic park was the site of numerous political rallies and community gatherings for the black community in Georgetown.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great experience
Darryl_B-44891w, 04-07-2022
My favorite part of the experience was the question and answer session with the tour guide. She was well informed provided great detail on various facts vents that happened in Georgetown
Eye-opening walk through Georgetown
alaporteDC, 29-11-2021
Another fascinating tour from "Off the Mall Tours" exploring a little-known facet of D.C. history. I was surprised to discover that Georgetown used to be a working-class town with a sizeable community of African Americans, including several extraordinary trailblazers. Highly recommended!
A great way to enjoy a sunday
sollangec991, 29-11-2021
I really enjoyed my tour with Katie yesterday. She is knowledgeable, fun and friendly. The tour was a little over 2hrs long and Georgetown is hilly so be prepared for that. She keeps her groups small, which I really liked. If you are looking for something a little different than the usual DC your, this is for you! Highly recommended.
High quality tour
annemH3236FI, 19-11-2021
Wonderfully fun and interesting tour. Katie is very knowledgeable and friendly and could also speak French to my expat friends :) We had an amazing tour focusing on the History of Black Georgetown and learned so much. Thank you Katie!
Perfect for Locals and Visitors
Q3753TDirinap, 01-11-2021
Katie is a spectacular guide whose passion for history really shines throughout the tour. She has a way of making the history come alive that lets you connect with historical figures and appreciate them as individuals, not just as pages in a history book. She was able to connect lesser-known people and backstories with more well-known figures and events in a really memorable way. After taking one tour (the Oak Hill Cemetery tour) I can't wait to sign up for more to get a better understanding of Washington, DC, even though I have lived in this city for 7 years. Oak Hill Cemetery by itself is a really interesting place to visit, but our visit was greatly enriched by touring with her.

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