What we're about

We are a touring & hiking club in the Washington, DC area which adds to the pleasure of a sociable hike the discovery of the natural and historical aspects of the wayside along the trails we tread. While benefiting from an invigorating hike, time is taken for hike leaders - as well as fellow hikers - to share their knowledge of the flora, fauna, geology, and 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 natural beauty.

Upcoming events (5+)

Cherry Blossoms Season Ghost Tour of White House Area! Tues, March 26, 5:30 pm!

Ghost Tour of the White House Area! Tues, March 26, 5:30 pm!: President’s Park--Lafayette Square--is said to be the most haunted place in America. It’s easy to see why. The son of Francis Scott Key was murdered in the Square—by a Congressman. The architect of one of the Square’s most impressive buildings killed himself—in frustration over his creation. On the steps of a residence for foreign dignitaries, a police officer died saving the life of the President, while taking the life of the assassin. A Navy officer died in a Lafayette Sq. mansion after a fight to the death with a fellow Commodore. St. John’s Church—the church of the Presidents—has seen up to six ghosts appear at one time. The Square itself was once a cemetery, just feet away from the working White House. Many have witnessed the ghosts of Abraham Lincoln and other Presidents within the Execution Mansion, which itself has been home to seances seeking to conjure up spirits from beyond the grave. The locale has also witnessed many near-death experiences: from assaults and brawls involving famous politicians. Come with us—if you dare--on an eerie tour to discover these stories and many more. Where: Outside Constitution Hall, corner of 17th St. & D St., 1776 D Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006 Fee: $15, payable in cash at the tour’s start. When: Tuesday, March 26, 5:30 pm. 1.5 to 2 hours. Who: Your guide is a former Tonight Show writer and author of: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Term-Jinx-Presidents-Washington-Theodore-Roosevelt/dp/1530790514 We’re on Tripadvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28970-d12791843-Reviews-Lafayette_Square_Tour_of_Scandal_Assassination_Intrigue-Washington_DC_District_of.html And Airbnb Experiences: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/412812

Cherry Blossom Season’s Capitol Building & the Civil War! Sun, March 31, 3:30 pm

Supreme Court of the United States


Cherry Blossom Season’s Capitol Building Area Tour--Scandal, Assassination, Spies & the Civil War! Sunday, March 31, 3:30 pm! As much as Abe Lincoln’s White House, the U.S. Capitol Building was the center of the federal effort during the Civil War. Both long before, and during, that great conflict, Capitol Hill became a nest of daring spies, imprisoned insurgents, slave escapes, assassination plots, and bloody fights among opposing congressmen. Take a trip back to the tense, bloody legislative assembly and surrounding grounds--on which hinged the fate of a nation! When: Sunday, March 31, 3:30 pm During the start of D.C.’s famed Cherry Blossom season. What: A walking tour of the Capitol grounds that reflects a vast country coming apart at the seams. The background to America's greatest saga, the Civil War! Where: Meet at the FRONT STEPS of the Supreme Court, 1st St., N.E., DC 20543 Cost: $15. Guests pay in cash at the start of the tour. Length. About 2 hours. RVSP: You must RSVP to attend. Questions? Ask: [masked] Our packed itinerary will draw from: • When a pro-Union Senator drew a gun on a Senator ally • The war-time legislators’ ladies of the evening • The fatal duel—with rifles--between Northern and Southern congressmen • Slave jails and slave escapes • Attempts to save a wounded President & Civil War veteran • The near fatal beating of a pro-North Senator by a pro-South Congressman • The Confederate guerilla who taught the legendary Second World War general • The pistol fight between two famed Congressmen from warring regions • A great artist’s secret signature at Gen. Grant’s memorial • The hanging of an alleged war criminal—near the Capitol’s steps! • The first assassination attempt on a President, who quelled first attempts at secession & abolition • The boarding house of the Underground Railroad • The Gangs of New York--in D.C.! • A brutal beating by a famed, pro-Union Texan • Where a would-be assassin lurked about President Lincoln Your guide is a former writer for the “Tonight Show”, and ex-White House speechwriter, and author of: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Term-Jinx-Presidents-Washington-Theodore-Roosevelt/dp/1530790514 As well as the forthcoming book, for McFarland Publishing, of: The Unruly White House’s Neighborhood. We’re featured on Airbnb!: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/412812 And TripAdvisor too: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28970-d12791843-Reviews-Lafayette_Square_Tour_of_Scandal_Assassination_Intrigue-Washington_DC_District_of.html Join us in Washington, D.C.: A Capitol place for scandal and intrigue! https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteSquareTourOfScandalAssassinationIntrigue You must RSVP to attend.

Tour President Thomas Jefferson's Washington, April 13, 2019, 3:30 pm, Jeff Mem!

East Basin Drive SW at Jefferson Memorial


Tour of President Thomas Jefferson's Washington, April 13, 2019, 3:30 pm, Jeff Memorial! Held on Jefferson’s birthday, this tour will examine the accomplishments of, and many crises faced, by President Thomas Jefferson--D.C.’s first two-term President--during his wild stay in office. And of his colleagues & rivals James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Benjamin Banneker, & John Adams, all of whom left a significant mark on Lafayette Sq., the capital, and America. Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3:30 pm, front steps of Jefferson Memorial MEET on the TOP of the FRONT STEPS of the MEMORIAL facing the Tidal Basin $15. 2 to 2.5 hours. Nearest metros: Smithsonian. You must RSVP to attend. Discover: • A traitor’s near betrayal of Jefferson’s Lewis & Clark expedition • The mysterious Jefferson Pier • 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 • His 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? • The Marquis de Lafayette’s amazing & perilous associations with multiple American Presidents • How Jefferson came to write the Declaration of Independence, and its secret coda • The astonishing Jefferson Cipher--of 1942 • Who was the smartest President? • And more! We’re highly rated on TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28970-d12791843-Reviews-Lafayette_Square_Tour_of_Scandal_Assassination_Intrigue-Washington_DC_District_of.html 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 America A to Z and The Two-Term Jinx, and writer of the forthcoming hidden history of Lafayette Square, Cockpit of the Capital! https://www.amazon.com/Two-Term-Jinx-Presidents-Washington-Theodore-Roosevelt-ebook/dp/B01K0NT0CK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= You must RSVP to attend. We’re on Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/412812 Think history is boring? Think again! We’re on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteSquareTourOfScandalAssassinationIntrigue/

Presidential Assassination Tour of Downtown D.C. Sunday, April 28, 4 PM

The Presidential Assassination Tour of Downtown D.C.! Sunday, April 28, 4 PM The area of downtown from the Capitol Building to Ford’s Theater and Lafayette Square has witnessed a number of assassinations and attempted murders of U.S. Presidents, as well as other ranking figures. This unique tour will detail these startling events, at the very locales where they occurred! You must RSVP to attend. MEET at the Capitol steps, east side (East Capitol St., N.E., Washington D.C.) Sunday, April 28, 4 PM Length of tour: About 2.25 hours. Price: $15. Questions? Contact [masked] Some of our wild itinerary!: • Begins at the site of the first attempted presidential slaying • The locale which inspired an Oscar-winning movie, and where an alleged plot to poison the President took place • The man who killed John Wilkes Booth—or did he? • The presidential assassination on the National Mall • Other ranking officials targeted on the night of Lincoln’s slaying • The attempts to kill Harry Truman, and FDR • A secret passage to the place where Lincoln was shot • The astonishing attempt on Teddy Roosevelt’s life, and the killing of President McKinley • Deadly duels between Congressmen • The astonishing plot to kill Confederate President Jefferson Davis • The Secret Service through the years • The craziest murder trial of them all • Attempts on the lives of Presidents Reagan and Ford • Lincoln’s bungling, and valiant, bodyguards Your guide is a former writer for the “Tonight Show”, and ex-White House speechwriter, the writer of a forthcoming book on the secret history of Lafayette Square, and author of such books as: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Term-Jinx-Presidents-Washington-Theodore-Roosevelt-ebook/dp/B01K0NT0CK We’re on Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.com/experience-hosting/listings?date=2018-11-11 And TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28970-d12791843-Reviews-Lafayette_Square_Tour_of_Scandal_Assassination_Intrigue-Washington_DC_District_of.html And Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteSquareTourOfScandalAssassinationIntrigue You must RSVP to attend.

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