If our Historic Georgetown or Ghosts of Georgetown walking tours don’t fit into your schedule, or if you’re interested in learning more about a particular theme in Georgetown history, we’ve developed a few self-guided tours of Georgetown!
Any of these tours are available as a guided private tour option! If you’d like a guide to take you on one of these themed tours, please email us.
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Georgetown University – the oldest Catholic/Jesuit university in the Nation, Georgetown is nearly older than the nation itself. Founded in 1789, Georgetown University has seen many pass through it’s halls. Our self guided tour takes you through the historic grounds and is meant for outside viewing as we cannot guarantee the buildings will be open when you visit!
You can also find this self guided tour as an audio tour on our Free Tours by Foot app.
Here is how it works:
Civil War History of Georgetown – Technically part of the Union during the Civil War, Georgetown was a hotbed for secessionist during the Civil War. Most of the population were Southern supporters. From the mansion home of relatives of Robert E. Lee to a supposed summer home of General Grant; a Civil War hospital and a church that refused to pray for Union – this tour will transport you back to the 1860s.
East Side of Georgetown – there was a thriving black-American community of freedmen in the northeastern part of Georgetown known as Herring Hill, populated by doctors, lawyers, churches and schools. You’ll also find grand and historic estates on this side of Wisconsin Ave NW.
Check out our other Self Guided Walking Tours of Washington, DC