Historic Alleyways in Washington, DC

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* Tour is held select Sundays - Check website for exact dates.

The Alleyways of DC served a distinct purpose as a city planning feature, but they also provided a hidden safe space where escaped enslaved people and the poor could find inexpensive housing and live their lives away from prying eyes. While city officials condemned life in the alleyways as dangerous, dirty and diseased, they were in fact a place where communities sustained each other and provided security. This fascinating tour takes you through the Blagden Alley/Naylor Court historic district near the Convention Center.

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luckymomof5
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 7, 2022
Katie shared a lesser-known history of Washington D.C. and its alleyways. I'm so glad we did this Off the Mall tour, I've been sharing facts with friends who asked about my trip all week! I would definitely recommend catching any of the Off the Mall tours with Katie if you have time while you are visiting DC. Actually, even if you're a native (we had two DC local couples on our tour with us), you will likely learn something you didn't know before. My 13-year-old daughter enjoyed the tour as well.
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BK1986here
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
May 4, 2022
I received vouchers for Off the Mall Tours as a gift and it was an incredible experience. Katie was the best tour guide we could have asked for and was able to show us a part of Washington DC that I never knew existed. I highly recommend the Alleyway tour to learn more about the history of the Blagden Ally area.
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Kirsy1
Rating of 5 out of 5 stars
April 9, 2022
We had a wonderful walking tour with Katy. The history of alleys in DC is so interesting. We’re thinking about our next tour with Katy already.
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Itinerary
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Stop At: Blanche K. Bruce House, 909 M St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Blanche K. Bruce was the first African American to serve a full term as Senator, and rose to his position during the Reconstruction era after the Civil War. The tour starts as the location of his residence while he was serving his Senatorial term.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Blagden Alley Northwest, Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Blagden Alley is one of DC's most well-preserved historic alleyways. Once the subject of a study of DC alleyways, it is now the site of art galleries, hidden-away restaurants and coffee shops.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: La Colombe Coffee Roasters, 924 Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

The tour makes a pit stop at this popular coffee spot.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: D.C. Alley Museum, Blagden Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Beginning in 2015, a series of works were commissioned by artists with a history in the Shaw neighborhood and in Blagden Alley — They created a stunning display of new works painted directly on the garage doors of several buildings in Bladgen Alley.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Naylor Court Northwest, Naylor Ct NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Naylor Court is a former site of alleyway stables, and later old fashioned garages. It is a part of the Blagden Alley - Naylor Court Historic District.

Duration: 30 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Inclusions
  • Up to 2 hours of a unique walking tour experience by a knowledgeable guide.


Exclusions
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - La Colombe Coffee Roasters


Duration
90 to 120 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


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