Historic Alleyways in Washington, DC

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Behind DC's elegant row houses was a concealed world that had its own culture, traditions, and served as a haven for the city's poorest inhabitants from the mid 19th to early 20th century. On this tour you'll learn all about these hidden enclaves and the people who lived in them.

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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

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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

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

Duration: 15 minutes

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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

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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
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