A Mansion on Top of a Hill, a 19th-century Village, and the Big Chair with private guide
Cedar Hill is the home of the famous 19th-century reformer and orator Frederick Douglass, a beautiful old mansion high on a hill overlooking Washington. At the foot of the hill is the 19th-century village of Anacostia, still with many of its gingerbread houses and a tiny town square. At the end of the square is The Big Chair -- but you have to come on the tour to learn about that one! This tour is a half-day, but hardy travellers can add an hour or so and walk with me through the lovely Fairlawn neighborhood to go home by a different route and see streets few tourists think to visit.
From the Anacostia Metro station (or your hotel) walk through Old Anacostia (yes -- past the Big Chair), see the square, churches, etc, to Cedar Hill. After the house we can walk further uphill to one of the best views of the city if you like, or take other streets back to the Metro. In a further hour or so we can instead head north through the very attractive Fairlawn neighborhood -- from about the 1920s -- to Pensylvania Avenue and then home.
We will be sure that when you are done you have a good idea of the layout of Anacostia and can find any other places you plan to visit later, as well as any other areas that interest you. And I'll give you a map!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Anacostia Metro station or your hotel.
End location: Same.
Duration: 4 hours
This is set as half-day (four hours) but the tour can be of any length and the cost adjusted.
Walking, possible taxi
Guide service (history of sites, development of neighborhood, etc; managing transport)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 USD - Snacks/Metro fee/possible taxi.
You will need money for snacks/lunches, any transportation (metro/taxi), entry tickets if required, and souvenirs.
Don't provide private transportation, but can help arrange this with local companies if desired.