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Architecture of Historic Anacostia Tour

Quick Details

Private Tour

Explore “East of the River” in Historic Anacostia!

The rolling hills East of the Anacostia River, with a commanding view of modern Washington DC, have been settled for centuries. From the trading grounds of the indigenous Nacotchtank, to a Whites-only planned suburb known as “Uniontown,” to a predominantly Black community, Anacostia has seen dramatic change and stark contrasts. The neighborhood served as a home for famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass, an escape route of assassin John Wilkes Booth, protest grounds for WWI Veterans, and a modern testament to the resilience of Washington’s Black community.

Anacostia’s fascinating and diverse architecture encapsulates the many identities this area has held. Today, new planned development and local investment in historic preservation are rapidly changing the character of this ever-shifting neighborhood.

What to Bring

Sturdy walking shoes, bottled water, and comfortable clothes are recommended!

Where to Meet

  • Find your guide at the Anacostia Arts Center
  • GPS Address: 1231 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020
  • The tour concludes near the Frederick Douglass House at the intersection of 14th St and W St SE.

Sights and Stops include:

  • Anacostia Arts Center
  • Old Market House Square
  • St Teresa of Avila Catholic Church
  • Rose’s Row
  • The Big Chair
  • Big Green
  • Valley Place
  • Frederick Douglass House

Additional booking times are available as a private tour. Please visit the private bookings calendar to take a look!

For large groups, driving tours, or custom itineraries, please contact us to book.

Map of the Tour Route