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.

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America’s Most Historic Street Tour, Alexandria, VA, Sun, April 19, 4 pm

The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum

America’s Most Historic Street Tour, Alexandria, VA, Sunday, April 19, 4 pm, Alexandria, VA Some historians say it is not Pennsylvania Avenue, D.C., or Broadway in N.Y.C., that is the nation’s most scenic and history-laden boulevard, but… Prince Street, Old Town. Take a walking tour along arguably, house for house, the most historic street in America. And a strand with scores of fine examples of architecture from the Colonial, Federal, Civil War, and Modern periods. Start from: The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA Parking: Side streets 2-3 blocks from King St. Nearest metro stop is King St. stop, with free shuttle buses down toward the waterfront. Fee: $20 You must RSVP to attend. Our itinerary will draw from: • The locale where a British fleet landed during the War of 1812 • The cobblestoned “Captain’s Row” • The stately bank that served as a capital for two states! • The in-town Civil War skirmish between Union troops and Confederate sympathizers • The wharf of a daring slave escape • A fire house turned into a private home • The bank of a valiant woman who rebuilt Mt. Vernon • A museum of the Confederacy • The master of disguise operating behind enemy lines • The real Father of his Country • The oldest house in Alexandria, turned into a unique public park • An antiques store that was the locale of a “Tea Party” against King George during the American Revolution • A fire station turned living room • The dock of a horrible accident that killed the Secretary of State • The terrible infernos of yore • The mansion of Washington’s lady friend • The factory turned prison turned condos, and the shootout that occurred there! • The church designed by one architect of the U.S. Capitol • The townhouse designed by another architect of the U.S. Capitol And more! Your host will be author & professional guide Ed Moser, a former “Tonight Show” writer. You can check him out on TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28970-d12791843-Reviews-Lafayette_Square_Tour_of_Scandal_Assassination_Intrigue-Washington_DC_District_of.html And on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/White-Houses-Unruly-Neighborhood-Lafayette-ebook/dp/B082ZVDCD7/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1555118270&sr=1-1-catcorr Ntm Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteSquareTourOfScandalAssassinationIntrigue/?ref=bookmarks Questions? Contact: [masked] You must RSVP to attend. Lots of restaurants in the area for afterwards. Old Town is one of the most beautiful, and historic, places in America. Join us to explore perhaps its most alluring byway, Prince Street.

White House Tales of Scandal & Intrigue

General Andrew Jackson Statue

Atlas Obscura & Airbnb are sponsoring this tour! What We’ll Do Join me in exploring the hidden history of the White House neighborhood, Lafayette Square, and its most unusual events and personalities. As part of this tour, you’ll learn about the biggest scandal in Washington's history, which toppled an entire presidential Cabinet. You’ll hear stories you won’t hear anywhere else, including: the hidden symbols within the White House's architecture, spies who operated from the Square, the wildest parties in presidential history, the murder of a District Attorney by a Congressman, the enslaved woman who ignited a Civil Rights revolution, deadly duels between military officers, the tragic death of America's first female professional photographer, the untold stories of presidential assassinations, the nation's first and little-known civil war, where the CIA and the space program were founded...and more! Where We’ll Be We'll explore the exterior of the White House, the locales of spies, a monument to a famed and controversial General, the site of a bloody attack on a Secretary of State, the house that hatched the largest slave escape in U.S. history, the site of a Presidential assassination attempt, the tribute to the Marquis de Lafayette, the grand mansion of a slain Navy officer, the world's largest office building, the home of Dolley Madison, and more. Fee: $25. You must Preregister and Prepay through: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1206796/book?scheduled_id=17117279&source=booking_widget&irgwc=1&irclid=wBISMWTsF3wKxQeV6Bwh9z0JUkn1XhR133b%3A0M0&ircid=4273&sharedid=atlasobscura.com&af=49497874&iratid=9627&c=.pi73.pk4273_10078&irparam1= Where to Meet Lafayette Square, General Andrew Jackson statue in the MIDDLE of the PARK About Your Host The author of 10 published books on history, politics, humor, and science, I'm a former speechwriter to the President of the United States. A professional tour guide, I'm also an ex- writer for "The Tonight Show". Further, I'm the author of a book on the hidden history of Lafayette Square, titled The White House's Unruly Neighborhood. And I'm also the author of a presidential history, The Two-Term Jinx, and a collection of essays, America A to Z, as well as the political humor book, Foundering Fathers. The tour will feature stories from the guide's new book, The White House's Unruly Neighborhood!: https://www.amazon.com/White-Houses-Unruly-Neighborhood-Lafayette-ebook/dp/B082ZVDCD7/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Questions? Ask: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/1206796?irgwc=1&irclid=wBISMWTsF3wKxQeV6Bwh9z0JUkn1Xm1533b%3A0M0&ircid=4273&sharedid=atlasobscura.com&af=49497874&iratid=9627&c=.pi73.pk4273_10078&irparam1=

British Conquest of Washington Tour! Mon, August 24, 2020, Willard Hotel D.C.

InterContinental the Willard Washington D.C.

$15.00

British Conquest & Burning of Washington Tour! Monday, August 24, 6 pm, starting from historic Willard Hotel D.C. August 24, 1814 was the worst day in the history of Washington, D.C., and perhaps of America. When much of the nation’s Capital was burned to the ground by a rampaging British Army, during the darkest period of the War of 1812. When: Monday, August 24, 6 pm Where: Meet inside the lobby of Washington’s WILLARD Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., D.C. What: On the very anniversary of the capital’s destruction, this unique walking tour will detail the conquest of D.C. by the British, and their burning of the Capitol, the Treasury Building, and the White House, as well as their military actions in Alexandria, Georgetown, and Baltimore, and the general course of America’s “Second War of Independence”. Length of tour: About 2 hours. Cost: $20. You must RSVP to attend: https://www.meetup.com/Washarea-Discovery-Hikes/ Questions? Contact this site, or: [masked] Nearest metro stop: Metro Center. Our action-packed itinerary will draw from the following!: • Begins in the lobby of the historic Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. • The burning of the Capitol and Supreme Court. • The dramatic events at the Marine Barracks, the Navy Yard, & today’s Fort McNair. • The wild Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland • How First Lady Dolley Madison bravely faced the approach of the British. • The unsung hero who saved the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence. • The British march on Georgetown • The still-standing federal building honoring federal military incompetents • The British attack on Alexandria, Virginia • The views on the war by a recent Broadway star, Hamilton! • President Madison, the only Chief Executive to lead America's troops in battle. • The cowardly Secretary of War, and how a diplomat took over the War Department! • The dilemma the war posed African-Americans: how and where blacks fought in the conflict. • The amazingly motley army behind Andy Jackson's stunning victory at the Battle of New Orleans. • How the war nearly caused the secession—of the North! • The original war hawks, and doves. • How volcanoes in Iceland affected the course of the conflict! • The war’s twin hero Navy Commodores of Lafayette Square, and their mansion houses • The foreign spy within the Army’s high command! • How a valiant doctor saved the invaluable inventions at the Patent Office. • The mysterious Curse of the Washington Woman! • The epic, follow-up Battle of Baltimore Who: Your guide is a former writer for the “Tonight Show”, and ex-White House speechwriter, the writer of the book on the history of presidential politics, The Two-Term Jinx!: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Term-Jinx-Presidents-Washington-Theodore-Roosevelt/dp/1530790514 Our tour on TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28970-d12791843-Reviews-Lafayette_Square_Tour_of_Scandal_Assassination_Intrigue-Washington_DC_District_of.html Our tours’ Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteSquareTourOfScandalAssassinationIntrigue/ All 75 of our tours at!: https://www.meetup.com/Washarea-Discovery-Hikes/ You must RSVP to attend. Relive the Royal Marines’ bloody rampage around the streets of our own Washington.

British Conquest of Washington Tour! Mon, August 24, 2020, Willard Hotel D.C.

InterContinental the Willard Washington D.C.

$15.00

British Conquest & Burning of Washington Tour! Monday, August 24, 6 pm, starting from historic Willard Hotel D.C. August 24, 1814 was the worst day in the history of Washington, D.C., and perhaps of America. When much of the nation’s Capital was burned to the ground by a rampaging British Army, during the darkest period of the War of 1812. When: Monday, August 24, 6 pm Where: Meet inside the lobby of Washington’s WILLARD Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., D.C. What: On the very anniversary of the capital’s destruction, this unique walking tour will detail the conquest of D.C. by the British, and their burning of the Capitol, the Treasury Building, and the White House, as well as their military actions in Alexandria, Georgetown, and Baltimore, and the general course of America’s “Second War of Independence”. Length of tour: About 2 hours. Cost: $20. You must RSVP to attend: https://www.meetup.com/Washarea-Discovery-Hikes/ Questions? Contact this site, or: [masked] Nearest metro stop: Metro Center. Our action-packed itinerary will draw from the following!: • Begins in the lobby of the historic Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. • The burning of the Capitol and Supreme Court. • The dramatic events at the Marine Barracks, the Navy Yard, & today’s Fort McNair. • The wild Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland • How First Lady Dolley Madison bravely faced the approach of the British. • The unsung hero who saved the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence. • The British march on Georgetown • The still-standing federal building honoring federal military incompetents • The British attack on Alexandria, Virginia • The views on the war by a recent Broadway star, Hamilton! • President Madison, the only Chief Executive to lead America's troops in battle. • The cowardly Secretary of War, and how a diplomat took over the War Department! • The dilemma the war posed African-Americans: how and where blacks fought in the conflict. • The amazingly motley army behind Andy Jackson's stunning victory at the Battle of New Orleans. • How the war nearly caused the secession—of the North! • The original war hawks, and doves. • How volcanoes in Iceland affected the course of the conflict! • The war’s twin hero Navy Commodores of Lafayette Square, and their mansion houses • The foreign spy within the Army’s high command! • How a valiant doctor saved the invaluable inventions at the Patent Office. • The mysterious Curse of the Washington Woman! • The epic, follow-up Battle of Baltimore Who: Your guide is a former writer for the “Tonight Show”, and ex-White House speechwriter, the writer of the book on the history of presidential politics, The Two-Term Jinx!: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Term-Jinx-Presidents-Washington-Theodore-Roosevelt/dp/1530790514 Our tour on TripAdvisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g28970-d12791843-Reviews-Lafayette_Square_Tour_of_Scandal_Assassination_Intrigue-Washington_DC_District_of.html Our tours’ Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteSquareTourOfScandalAssassinationIntrigue/ All 75 of our tours at!: https://www.meetup.com/Washarea-Discovery-Hikes/ You must RSVP to attend. Relive the Royal Marines’ bloody rampage around the streets of our own Washington.

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