What we're about

We are a touring & hiking club in the Washington, DC area focused on hikes and walks in and around historical, cultural, and scenic locales. Especially the towns and neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Alexandria, Lafayette Square, Georgetown, Annapolis, downtown Washington, et al. 
We add to the pleasure of a sociable hike the discovery of the cultural and historical aspects of the wayside along the routes, roads, and trails we tread. While benefiting from an invigorating hike or walk, time is taken for hike leaders - as well as fellow hikers - to share their knowledge of the architecture, human history, and natural history, of the area with the group.

Our recent focus has been on the rich political and cultural history of the Capitol region. 
We also welcome members to step up and provide hikes of the area's equally rich man-made and natural beauty.

Upcoming events (3)

Independence Day Tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Wild Life & Times, DC, July 4!

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Walking Tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Times, Washington D.C., Monday July 4, 11 am, George Mason Memorial!

Held along the scenic Tidal Basin, the National Mall & the White House’s Lafayette Square, on Independence Day, this tour will examine the accomplishments of, and many crises faced, by Jefferson—D.C.’s first two-term President--during the American Revolution, in Europe, and during eventful stay in the then-new Executive Mansion. And of his friends & rivals Alexander Hamilton, George Mason, James Madison, George Washington, & John Adams, and others, all of whom left a significant mark on the capital, and America, from the first July 4th and thereafter.

Monday, July 4, 11 am.
MEET at the GEORGE MASON memorial near the Jefferson Memorial.
Length: 2 to 2.5 hours.
Nearest metros: Smithsonian & Metro Center.

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We’ll walk from the Mason & Jefferson Memorials to the White House & Lafayette Square. And discover:

• A traitor’s attempted overthrow of Jefferson’s Lewis & Clark expedition
• Mason’s battle against—the U.S. Constitution
• The mysterious Jefferson Pier
• The Marquis de Lafayette’s amazing & perilous associations with multiple American Presidents
• Inventor of farm, kitchen, and spy apparatus
• The secret language of the Jefferson Memorial
• The undeclared naval war, and declared trade war, that nearly wrecked Jefferson’s second term
• Sally Hemings and Maria Cosway
• Disputes over the Jefferson Memorial
• Rollercoaster relationship with John Adams
• “The room where it happened”
• The “miracle mansion” of TJ’s militia chief
• The scoundrel who betrayed Jefferson, killed Hamilton, and tried setting up his own country—with the head of the U.S. Army!
• Architect-in-Chief: Did TJ secretly design the White House?
• When Jefferson was almost hanged
• How Mason & Jefferson ended the slave trade—from Minnesota to the Mediterranean!
• President Jefferson’s “First Lady”
• Did Jefferson plagiarize Mason?
• How TJ came to write the Declaration of Independence, and its hidden coda
• And more!

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Your tour guide is a former speechwriter to the President of the United States, a former writer for Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show”, & author of the newly published, hidden history of Lafayette Square—The White House’s Unruly Neighborhood!:


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Bring your walking shoes, and perhaps water and sunscreen.

Think history is boring? Not on our tours!

Online Zoom Tour of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia's Wild History, July 12!

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Topic: Old Alexandria Virginia: Its Wild, Hidden History!

Time: Jul 12,[masked]:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Host is Ed Moser, author of new books on the White House and Capitol Building areas:



He'll be giving a slide presentation & lecture on locales & events from his forthcoming book on the wild history of Old Town Alexandria. Followed by questions from the audience.

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Bastille Day Tour of Famous French-Americans, Lafayette Square, DC!

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Bastille Day Tour of Famous French-Americans, Thursday July 14, 6 pm, Lafayette Square, White House Neighborhood DC!

Celebrate the culture of France and its long-term alliance with, and influence on, America, with a White House area tour of famed French-Americans!

Where: Lafayette Square, D.C., at the Battle of New Orleans/Andrew Jackson statue in middle of the Square.
Length: About 2 hours
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Your guide, an ex-Tonight Show writer and former Presidential speechwriter, is the author of a history of Lafayette Square:
And the U.S. Capitol Building:

Learn about the great deal of French and French-American influence right in America’s founding park, Lafayette Square!:

• The Frenchman who joined George Washington’s army as a teenager, as a major general!
• The French-American officer who won a famous victory over pirates.
• The French pirate who helped the Americans win a famous victory.
• How a First Lady of French descent saved Lafayette Square.
• The American President who saved the Marquis of Lafayette’s life!
• The First Lady who saved Lafayette’s life a second time!
• The remarkable White House area constructions during the two world wars to save France.
• The renowned African-American sculpture by a French-American sculptor.
• How a brilliant spy helped a general of French descent win a major Civil War battle.
• The American President with ancestors from an oppressed French religious group.
• The teacher of French ancestry who inspired the Lewis and Clark expedition.
• The French explorer critical to the success of that expedition.
• The French commander who was key to winning the American Revolution’s critical battle.
• The French-born architects who designed the Capitol Building.
• The American who secretly built the White House from a French design.
• The American who ghost-wrote France’s Declaration of the Rights of Man.
• The French philosopher who invented the American form of government.
• The French financial wizard who cut the nation’s debt while funding the largest real estate deal in history.
• The French aristocrat who acted as a secret American agent for the largest real estate deal in history.
• The French-born civil engineer who founded, and was fired by, “Washington”.
• The congressman of French descent who saved the American President from a charge of manslaughter!
• The French steward who saved a President from drowning
• And more!!

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Vive la France! In Lafayette Square D.C.!!

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