Washington Was Never a Swamp

OK, let’s end this myth once and for all:  Washington, DC was never a swamp. Only one percent of today’s city could ever be defined as swamp, and that was spread out over six different sites. That’s not to say it didn’t feel like a swamp as anyone who’s been here in August can attest. And we do have a large number of spineless, swamp like creatures (called Members of Congress). For a city built by a river, it was surprisingly swamp free.

The swamp story probably originates around some areas that did get wet. The worst was Tiber Creek that was turned into a canal. Because it was poorly designed, it was stagnating most of the time and it was an open sewer. It smelled horrible.

The base of Capitol Hill where the reflecting pool is today did flood regularly. The Irish neighborhood Swampoodle (pronounced swamp-puddle) now called NoMa, was not idly named. Two branches of Tiber Creek joined there and often flooded. And streams flowing out of the hills in the LeDroit Park neighborhood saturated the land there. Plus, when it rained, the dirt roads were a mess. But it was never a swamp.

For a more complete description of DC’s non-swampness visit:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/08/29/no-dc-isnt-really-built-on-a-swamp/

Duration
3 hours
Group Size
1 to 8

Arlington National Cemetery: The Work of the Dead

Every working day more than twenty Americans who sacrificed for their country are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  On this tour we learn that while Arlington's dead rest in peace, they are always working.  Here we will explore how people from every background remind us of our heritage and our responsibility to one another.

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250 USD
Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
1 to 8

Hidden on Capitol Hill

Few people think beyond the Capitol when they think of the Hill. This tour takes you to the heart of a neighborhood with a fascinating history that still speaks to us today. Learn about these famous locations from a former Capitol Hill resident.

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250 USD
Duration
2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
1 to 8

Embassy Row: Divinity & Diplomats

Most Embassy Row tours don’t venture far beyond Dupont Circle. But ours does. We see it all from top to bottom. This stretch of Massachusetts Avenue used to be called Millionaires Row where Gilded Age robber-barons built grand mansions. Today those mansions house most of Washington’s embassies, along with private clubs and statues of world heroes such as Mandela, Gandhi, and Churchill – and we will be right in the heart of it.

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250 USD