Walking Tours of City Set for Saturday

Posted September 28, 2005 at 4:05pm

On Saturday morning, get your bike out of the shed or lace up your best walking shoes, because Cultural Tourism DC is hosting its fall edition of WalkingTown, a day of free tours of historic neighborhoods all over the city.

Angela Fox, Cultural Tourism DC executive director and CEO, said a lot of the focus of this Saturday’s event will be on the neighborhoods east of the river, including Anacostia. One of the aims of the day is to give people a chance to see areas they wouldn’t ordinarily visit, Fox said. “There is an economic development component.”

The Cultural Tourism DC membership roster includes museums, theaters and civic organizations in a variety of neighborhoods, and Fox hopes Washingtonians will return to the neighborhoods they see on these tours, buy a cup of coffee and take advantage of the local cultural opportunities.

For walkers who want to take in the monuments or Capitol Hill, there are a number of possibilities for kids and adults alike. Professional guides from Washington Walks will lead an “un-tour” of the White House in Lafayette Park. Kids can participate in a walk called “In Fala’s Footprints,” which meets at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. They’re sure to like the statute of FDR’s Scottie, Fala, (rubbing his nose is said to bring good luck). “Good night, Mr. Lincoln” meets at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, and it offers an opportunity to experience a “kid’s-eye view” of Abraham Lincoln’s life.

There also will be a tour of the Congressional Cemetery, where John Phillip Sousa is buried among Senators and House Members. In partnership with the Rainbow History Project, Cultural Tourism DC is also offering a tour of sites from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered history around the Hill.

Tours depart rain or shine. For more information about the 28 tours available Saturday, visit www.culturaltourismdc.org.