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Alexandria, Virginia

Surveying Like George Washington

Join us for a guided walking tour of Alexandria through the eyes of our first president, where as a teenager he worked as a surveyor.

Long before George Washington led the Continental Army to victory and served as our nation's first president, he worked as a land surveyor in Virginia.

On this 2-hour walking tour, we'll explore the city that George Washington considered his hometown. The sites on this tour will span Washington's life, from his early work as a surveyor to the location of his public funeral. 

Author, historian, and professional guide Garrett Peck will lead our exploration of some of the less well-known parts of Washington's professional and personal life. We'll visit the churches, houses, taverns, and other sites that made up the first president's stomping grounds.

If the 2-hour walk works up a thirst, join us for an optional lunch/happy hour (cash bar) afterward at a nearby watering hole. You'll have time to talk history, George Washington, and your favorite hidden DC spots with Garrett and fellow Atlas Obscura Society members.


  • This tour's starting location is Christ Church, which is accessible via a free trolley from the King Street Metro station. Check WMATA's website for more information. 
  • This is a 2-hour, outdoor walking tour. Please wear comfortable shoes, bring water, and dress for the weather.
  • Tour will go on rain or shine!
  • Photography is encouraged! Share your photos with Atlas Obscura and Garrett Peck using the tag #ObscuraSociety.
  • Parking is available in Old Town, with the Market Square underground garage on Fairfax at Cameron Street recommended ($5 all day on weekends). 



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