LeDroit Park Walking Tour
Join Terry, Certified Tour Guide, for a Washington, DC neighborhood walking tour. LeDroit Park was established just beyond the original boundary of the District of Columbia. Andrew Jackson Downing’s influential Country Houses inspired the distinctive Italian villa and Gothic cottage residences, many of which can be seen on this tour. Despite its designation as a whites-only neighborhood, the first African American to move into the subdivision in 1893 was Capitol barber Octavious Williams. By the early 20th century, prominent African American families – including faculty of neighboring Howard University – called the neighborhood home. Famous African American residents also included writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (whose poem “Sympathy” featured the line “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” later made famous by Maya Angelou), as well as civil rights leaders Robert and Mary Church Terrell. This walk discusses how unique architecture and proximity to Howard University combined to create a prestigious neighborhood for the 20th century and beyond.
Sunday, October 29 at 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Cost $30.00