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DC UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TOUR

Please call or text 202-340-2017 before booking to confirm availability of the date you desire. (We do not advise driving to the location to start tour. Use metro or taxi.) 

This is an all day tour that we only offer on Friday; the tour lasts approximately 6 ½ hours with restroom stops along the way and a meal break at a Soul Food restaurant. We cover all four quadrants of DC as well as the Slave Pen museum in Alexandria, Va. which was a part of DC until 1846. We highlight the historical slavery-related places and churches where slaves were either housed, sold,or hid in and around the Nation’s Capital as well as highlight hotels with slave pens in the basement and where actual slave pens once stood in DC. One of the facts you’ll notice on this tour is wherever there was a concentration of African Americans in DC the first thing they did was build a church which would always have a school in it because education was one of the ways out of slavery. You’ll learn about people like John F. Cook Sr., Anthony Bowen, Henry Highland Garnett, Henry McNeal Turner, the Edmonson Sisters, and the contributions they made to the city itself and to The DC Underground Railroad. We acknowledge all monuments as we travel through the city on this tour but we don’t stop. Because some of the streets that we travel down are so narrow, we have to limit the seating and the amount of passengers we can carry to 14. Because of the duration of the tour you are allowed to bring a sandwich and snack. Water will be provided and we strongly encourage you to please use restroom before you start the tour. If you are staying in a hotel within DC please contact us about a possible pickup to start the tour.

We’ll start at the Anacostia Metro in Southeast DC and tour the grounds of the Frederick Douglas House and see the 2nd best view of DC. We will show you the community of Good Hope and the first church in that area. You’ll see Emancipation Park and the site of Israel Bethel where over 800 black soldiers joined the Union Army in one day. You’ll see the site of The Pearl (1848), the site of the Snow Riots of 1835, and we will show you how 16th Street is aligned with the North Star. You’ll also visit the cemetery where runaway slaves actually hid while in DC going north on the Underground Railroad. You’ll see historical churches that played a pivotal role in seeking the freedom of enslaved people in DC as well as tour Metropolitan AME.  You’ll visit a Slave Pen Museum as well in Alexandria, VA. This Tour will end at the African American Civil War Museum at 10th and U St. NW (We do not recommend this tour for small children).

 a  DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Anacostia Metro Station
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive by 9:45 AM for a prompt departure at 10:00 AM.
RETURN TIME Approximately 4:00 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, walking shoes, and appropriate outerwear.
INCLUDED
On-board guide Luxury motor coach
Instant confirmation Comprehensive tour of the city
NOT INCLUDED
Cost of Meals
Guide gratuity

The tour starts at 10:00 a.m. near the Anacostia Metro station, in Southeast, Washington D.C. and ends at the African American Civil War Memorial on U Street NW. Please wear comfortable shoes and you are allowed to bring a snack, water will be provided

Additional information

PriceAdult ($79), Senior ($60), Child ($69)

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
06/19/2017

5 out of 5 Stars. I had a wonderful time during the trip. The guide was informative, friendly and attentive to our entire group! I definitely plan to be a returning customer and recommend this to my friends and family! Looking forward to more tour options.

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