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The Temperance Tour: DC’s Quirky Prohibition-related Sites
Afternoon Walking Tour

Noon Tour

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1NWA02
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Cogswell Temperance Fountain (Photo: Garrett Peck)

All three of our spring Temperance Tour dates are rescheduled. This tour was originally April 17.

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Washington, D.C., was expected to be the “model dry city” for the rest of the country during Prohibition (1920–1933), but turned out to be anything but: Residents opened 3,000 speakeasies and even Congress employed its own bootleggers. A walking tour led by author and local historian Garrett Peck uncovers quirky and little-known sites in the nation’s capital that played a role in Prohibition, the so-called noble experiment that failed miserably.

The group meets up at the Cogswell Temperance Fountain across from Archives/Navy Memorial Metro station, then journeys to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Calvary Baptist Church, site of the Anti-Saloon League’s first national convention in 1895. After a short ride on the Red Line to Dupont Circle, the tour stops at the Woodrow Wilson House (Wilson was president when Prohibition began) to view the rare Prohibition-era wine cellar. The day ends, appropriately enough, at a nearby Dupont Circle bistro for a toast to the end of the noble experiment (it’s a cash bar, but the good cheer is on us).

Peck is the author of Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren’t and Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C.

The tour involves 1.5 miles of walking; bring a Metro card for portion that uses the subway.

The tour ends near the Dupont Circle Metro station. Dress for outdoor walking. 


Meet a Cogswell Temperance Fountain
East Side, 7th St & Indiana Ave NW
Metro: Archives/Navy Mem
Bring Metro Card