Where History Meets Small Town
Part of Pierre L'Enfant's original 1791 design, Eastern Market is Washington's oldest residential neighborhood. Known as the heart and soul of Capitol Hill, Eastern Market is filled with history, eclectic shopping and unique homes.
As we stroll through the leafy green streets and pass by the historic Haines Washington Store, we'll learn about a prominent women who played a role in the development of Eastern Market. After heading down Barracks Row, with its unique shops and restaurants, we'll reach the site of Washington DC's largest employer for 150 years - and the reason for the neighborhood's early development and growth.
You'll see the homes of Francis Scott Key and John Phillip Sousa, and a beautiful 18th century Gothic church where early presidents worshipped. And saving the best for last, we'll visit the oldest continually operating municipal farmer's market in Washington DC.
You may want to allow additional time after our two-hour neighborhood tour to shop at Eastern Market. Note that the market is CLOSED every Monday. Tues-Friday 7 am - 7 pm; Saturday 7 am - 6 pm and Sunday 9 am - 5 pm.
Also, every Saturday and Sunday there is an eclectic flea market across the street from Eastern Market. On Saturday, open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (weather permitting) and on Sunday, open from 10 am - 5 pm. Many vendors take credit cards but some only allow cash.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: On the OUTSIDE exit of the Eastern Market Metro Station (blue & orange lines).
End location: I will guide you toward transportation based on your itinerary.
Duration: 2 hours
This is a walking tour.
My services as a professional, knowledgeable licensed local tour guide.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 USD - Cash is per-person for drinks and snacks. You will need additional cash or credit for for Eastern Market and on weekends, for their flea market.
Please wear your MOST COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES for the tour and bring an umbrella in case of rain. Please also pack water for Washington's warm days.
I am unable to provide transportation.
I do not do large group bus tours.