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Pictures from Anacostia Walking Tour during Douglass Bicentennial Birthday (Sun., February 18, 2018)

Eric Zhang _ 2.18.2018 __ walk through Old Ana (1)

All images courtesy of Eric Zhang.

If you’ve attended a Douglass-related or Civil War-themed event in the DC area over the past year or so you’ve probably been photographed by the enigmatic Eric Zhang.

Eric is an honorary W Street Douglassonian. He comes through.

Thank you to our friend Eric for the photos and to Anacostian Dewey Sampson for taking a moment to talk with Sunday’s walking tour group coordinated as part of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Sites’s Douglass Bicentennial Birthday.

Eric Zhang _ 2.18.2018 __ walk through Old Ana (2)Eric Zhang _ 2.18.2018 __ walk through Old Ana (4)Eric Zhang _ 2.18.2018 __ walk through Old Ana (5)Eric Zhang _ 2.18.2018 __ walk through Old Ana (6)


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Christmas Eve-Eve Walking Tours, December 23, 2017 – 9am & 11am – $20 adults / $10 seniors, veterans and children 13 and under

Image may contain: 16 people, people smiling, people standing, tree, grass, outdoor and natureAs the weather cools and a new year approaches join local historian and author John Muller for a walking tour to explore the history of Washington City’s first sub-division and the late 19th century stomping grounds of Frederick Douglass.

We will meet at the visitor’s center of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (1411 W Street SE) and then ascend to the summit of Cedar Hill, the estate where Douglass spent the last 18 years of his life, and take in its panoramic views of the capital city skyline.

You will learn stories of Douglass’s professional and personal undertakings there, including his controversial second marriage, his service as United States Marshal, and his mentorship of a younger generation of activists. We will then descend into Historic Anacostia and explore the history, the homes, churches and sights that still remain, bringing forgotten historical characters to life such as Lingan B. Anderson who followed up on reports of John Wilkes Booth’s presence in Uniontown, Henry A. Griswold who with a group of investors that included Douglass brought the streetcar to Anacostia, and other prominent men and women of 19th century Uniontown.

Tours are $20 for adults & $10 for seniors, veterans and children 13 and under. Check, credit or cash will be accepted.

Walking tour will begin promptly at 9am and 11am on Saturday, December 23, 2017.

MetroRail: Anacostia (Green Line) is a 12 – 15 minute walk.

MetroBus: 90/92, A6, B2, V2 and W4.

For group rates please call 202.236.3413 or email

*Walking tour does NOT include tour of interior of the home. House tours and Ranger-led and must be coordinated through the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.*


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WATCH: Fells Point Walking Tour w/ Lou Fields

Fells Point Walking Tour Frederick Douglass lived as a slave from 1826 to 1838 in Fells Point. Mr. Fields talked about Mr. Douglass’ life at that time and the related sites.

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Walking Tours on Sun., February 1, 2015 & Sat., February 7, 2015

Photo by DaJonna Richardson.

Photo by DaJonna Richardson.

Since January 2013 I’ve had the distinct honor of leading walking tours of the Old Anacostia that Frederick Douglass saw with his own eyes, pounded with his own feet and lent his own activist voice and influence to. In nearly two years I’ve led tours for more than 500 people; young and old, intowners and out-of-towners, Europeans and Asiatics, and just plain good folks interested in the history of the city’s first subdivision.

In February 2015 there are two separate opportunities to sign-up for the tour.

Sunday, February 1st, 2015; 9:30am via SideTour


Saturday, February 7th, 2015, noon via Politics & Prose

Here are a couple comments of tour-goers…

STEPHEN SKIPPEN: We had a group of ten people attend the tour with John. Speaking on behalf of the group, everyone appreciated John’s humor, energy and passion that made the tour extremely enjoyable and left us with a good understanding of Uniontown / Anacostia through the eyes of Frederick Douglass. John’s knowledge of Washington DC, both past a present was very evident and captivating and I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone visiting this page.

KENLYN MCGREW: This SideTour is the epitome of what SideTours should be. John is clearly an expert on the subject matter–his book, which we were able to purchase at the gift shop after the tour–proves that he’s academically well versed, and dates slip easily off his tongue as he talks. But he’s also clearly an expert on Anacostia, as well; as a reporter with years of experience covering the area, he knows Anacostia inside and out. As he walked us through the area, he was greeted by name by a dozen residents, who obviously knew and liked him. That kind of familiarity with the neighborhood cannot be overvalued, and it made the tour a fascinating mix of Anacostia’s past and its present. I couldn’t recommend his tour more highly!

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Frederick Bailey walking tours … St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square presents historic walking tours

Dr. Dodson House in St. Michaels

Dr. Dodson House in St. Michaels

ST. MICHAELS — During its 2014 May to October season, St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square will continue to offer docent-led historic walking tours every Saturday at 10 a.m. beginning May 3.

The major tour, “Historic St. Michaels: its People, Places and Happenings,” will be offered on the first three Saturdays of each month. This tour will give highlights of St. Michaels during the 19th century, chronicling the rise and fall of the shipbuilding industry, the War of 1812 and battles of St Michaels, and the rise of the seafood industry. These stories will be told by viewing many restored structures from that era and describing life of famous and typical residents of these times, including Frederick Douglas. On the fourth Saturday, the museum’s signature tour, “Frederick Douglass, a slave, in St. Michaels 1833-36,” will give a more detailed view of the early life of St. Michaels’ most famous 19th century resident.

These Saturday tours last about 90 minutes and are available for $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 17, with the fee including both the tour and museum entry fee. Detailed schedules can be found on the museum’s website, Email for reservations and information. Subject to docent availability, either of these tours can be offered at other times for groups of five or more. Email or call 410-745-0530 for information on schedules or special group rates.

The new “Historic St. Michaels: its People, Places and Happenings” tour will begin at the museum where a diorama highlights the British attacks on St. Michaels on Aug. 10 and 24, 1813, and the impact of these battles on the St. Michaels community. This will be followed by a walk through St. Mary’s Square to Muskrat Park and then on to Navy Point. Along the way, participants will see many original and restored houses from the 1800s while learning about life in a small waterfront village and the vibrant shipbuilding and seafood industries of that era. Featured are colorful stories of many of the people and events. Highlights include the history of the layout of St. Michaels by James Braddock, the cannon involved in the battle of St. Michaels and the Cannonball House that was struck by a cannon ball that rolled down the interior stairs and frightened a woman holding her baby.

At Muskrat Park, visitors will learn of the transition of Church Cove to Muskrat Green and see replicas of the cannons from 1813. Continuing down Locust Street, they will come to “Hells Crossing,” and at the foot of Carpenter Street is the Higgins Boatyard, the oldest continuously operated boat yard in town and one of several in operation in 1812. Then comes the Dodson House site of Frederick Douglass’ 1877 return to reconcile with his former master. Following on to Navy Point, visitors get a view of St. Michaels Harbor and will hear how Honeymoon Bridge was named, how the seafood industry developed on Navy Point and more about 19th century activities in the harbor.

On the “Frederick Douglass, a slave, in St. Michaels” tour, participants can follow in the footsteps of Frederick Douglass during his teenage years in St. Michaels. Arriving as Frederick Bailey, 15, in 1833 and leaving in 1836 determined to acquire his freedom, his years in St. Michaels were critical in the development of this great man.This tour will offer an historical perspective of Douglass’ life in enslavement and his return to reconcile with his former master.

For more information, call Chip Britt 410-745-0530.



The Star Democrat

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Celebrate Frederick Douglass’s 196th Birthday! Free walking tour & book signing Saturday, February 8, 1pm

FDNHS _ 196th birthdayThe Frederick Douglass National Historic Site will be observing Frederick Douglass’s 196th birthday on Saturday, February 8. Our site and other places around Anacostia will host special events throughout the day. Special events focus on Frederick Douglass’s lighthearted side, exploring how he and other Washingtonians enjoyed their leisure time during the Victorian Era.

All events are FREE and open to the public.

10:00 am – Opening ceremony, live music, public speaking performances by winners of the 2013 Frederick Douglass Oratorical Contest, keynote address by Ray Langston from the Frederick Douglass Museum and Cultural Center in Highland Beach, Maryland. Location: Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE.

1:00 pm – Historical walking tour of Frederick Douglass’s Anacostia. Led by John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia. Limit 25 participants; tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Location: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE.

1:00 pm – Lecture by Tony Thomas about African-American baseball in the District of Columbia. Location: Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE.

1:00 pm – Viewing of 20-minute film To Build Strong Children. A descendant of Frederick Douglass and schoolchildren in the Bronx discuss modern-day human trafficking. Location: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

1:00 – 4:00 pm – Play board games, such as chess and checkers, like Frederick Douglass. Location: Uniontown Bar and Grill, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue.

1:30 pm – Viewing of 1-hour and 40-minute film Fly by Light. A group of DC teenagers participate in a peace education program by traveling to West Virginia where they spend time in nature and confront past cycles of abuse, violence, and neglect. Location: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

2:00 pm – United States Park Police will lead a short work-out session and help develop fitness plans. Dress in gym clothes. Location: Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE.

2:30 pm – Bright Star Theater presents a 50-minute play about the life of Frederick Douglass. Location: Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE.

3:00 pm – Historical dancing troupe performs Victorian-era steps. Feel free to watch or, better yet, join the fun and try out a couple steps! Location: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

3:00 pm – John Muller, author of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C., will read from his book and sign copies. Location: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W Street SE.

4:00 pm – Bright Star Theater presents a 50-minute play about the life of Frederick Douglass. Location: Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE.

4:00 – 7:00 pm – Evening reception with live jazz music by The Bitter Dose Combo, mingling, board games, and cash bar. Location: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

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Upcoming walking tour of Frederick Douglass’s Anacostia with Politics & Prose

Photo by DaJonna Richardson.

Photo by DaJonna Richardson.

Do you want to take a walking tour off the beaten path? Do you want to get off the Mall? Do you want to discover Historic Anacostia and the life and times of Frederick Douglass, the neighborhood’s most famous resident?

A few places remain for a tour coordinated with Politics & Prose on Saturday, November 2nd at 1pm. Cost includes a copy of Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, a Ranger-led tour of the Douglass home, and a walking tour of the neighborhood. More information here —>



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