Walt Whitman in D.C.

with author Garrett Peck

Saturday, May 11, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Join Garrett Peck, author of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet, and Politics & Prose on a guided walking tour of Whitman-related sites in the nation’s capital. Walt Whitman, the poet laureate of the Civil War, lived in Washington for ten remarkable years during that tumultuous period, starting as a hospital volunteer who helped tens of thousands of wounded soldiers and then serving in the city as a federal clerk.

The tour will begin in the great courtyard inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery—also the site of the Lincoln inaugural ball in 1865—where Walt Whitman volunteered and worked when it was the Old Patent Office. From there, we’ll journey to the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, before moving to Ford’s Theatre, where John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln—an event that Whitman’s boyfriend Peter Doyle witnessed. We’ll swing down to Freedom Plaza, where two Whitman quotes are inscribed, then venture over to the Treasury Building, where Whitman worked and suffered a stroke that ended his time in Washington.

The tour will conclude with an optional happy hour at the POV Lounge atop the W Hotel Washington, a bar with a spectacular view of the city that also happens to reside on the very site where Whitman once lived.

The Walt Whitman in Washington Tour will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, May 11, starting at 1 p.m. The tour is expected to last 3 hours.

The price ($50) includes the tour and entrance fee to the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office.

Because the tour involves about two miles of walking and a few staircases, we recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and bringing water. Public transportation is recommended: The tour begins near the Gallery Place metro station, and ends near the Metro Center and McPherson Square Metro stations. Participants will meet in the great courtyard inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Bob Attardi at battardi@politics-prose.com.

Garrett Peck is an author, historian and tour guide. Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C. is his sixth book. A native Californian and graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and George Washington University, he lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Return Policy: Refunds are only guaranteed up to seven days before the trip.


Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America's Great Poet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626199736
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: History Press - March 23rd, 2015

SKU: WhitmanTour

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