Frederick Douglass’s last home, Cedar Hill, is a National Historic Site (Library of Congress)
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Developed in the mid-19th century as one of the District’s first suburbs, Anacostia and its residents played a key role in shaping the city we know today. A walking tour led by historian and author John Muller traces its history and significance with a focus on the man that came to be known as the “Lion of Anacostia,” Fredrick Douglass, who lived in the neighborhood from 1877 until his death in 1895.
The tour begins at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and includes a visit to his estate Cedar Hill, noted for its panoramic view of the city. Muller covers Douglass’s years in Washington, highlights of his professional and personal life, and his enduring influence on the District. During a walk through Anacostia’s historic district, filled with a mix of Victorian-era residential and commercial architectural styles unique in the city, Muller shares stories that bring the neighborhood once known as Uniontown and some of its forgotten residents to life.
This tour is 2.5 hours in length and begins at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.
There is free parking on site; Metro: Anacostia (Green line);
The tour includes 1.5 miles of outdoor walking; some parts the tour are not accessible for people with disabilities or mobility issues.