Each year the National Civic Art Society offers a series of walking tours in the Washington, D.C. area. To be notified about future tours, sign up for our newsletter. Custom tours are also available on request. Please contact tours@civicart.org. Below please find information on our 2018 series. 

Washington at War


The National Civic Art Society cordially invites you to take part in our 2018 walking tour series "Washington at War." Register here.

About the tour guide: Edward Lengel holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia, where he directed the Washington Papers Project for many years, and also served as Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association. A military historian, he has authored several books including General George Washington: A Military LifeTo Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918, and the upcoming Never in Finer Company: The Men of the Great War’s Lost Battalion. Lengel leads history and battlefield tours throughout Europe and the United States, and he writes regularly for Military History Quarterly and other publications.

Tours are limited to three hours in length and begin at 10 AM at the location indicated. The cost per tour is $10. NCAS members, students, interns, and Hill staffers may obtain free tickets by e-mailing info@civicart.org. You must RSVP in advance. If you have any questions, please e-mail info@civicart.org or call (202) 670-1776.

Tour I: Fortress City – Saturday April 14

This walking tour takes place entirely at Fort Washington, Maryland. In the course of exploring the fort and its history, Dr. Lengel describes efforts to defend the capital from the War of 1812 to the Civil War to the twentieth century, including the ring of forts that once surrounded the city.

Meet at Fort Washington Visitor Center at 13551 Fort Washington Rd, Fort Washington, MD.


Tour II: Presidents’ Retreat, Soldiers’ Home – Saturday April 21

This tour meets at Lincoln’s Cottage and Soldiers’ Home (now the Armed Forces Retirement Home), which was a place of rest and retreat for Abraham Lincoln and other presidents from the 1850s through the 1880s—the Camp David of its day—and also became a place of refuge for veterans. The tour continues to the United States Soldiers and Airman’s Home National Cemetery, one of the nation’s oldest military cemeteries and the resting place of 21 Medal of Honor recipients.

Meet at Lincoln’s Cottage at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington, DC


Tour III: Washington’s Navy – Saturday May 5

This walking tour takes place entirely at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Dr. Lengel and U.S. Navy Museum staff provide tours of the yard’s historic buildings (built after the yard was destroyed in the War of 1812) and the U.S. Navy Museum, describing the important role that the U.S. Navy has had in the city up to the present day. The Navy Yard’s Director of Education will provide the group with a special “insider” walking tour of the Yard, its buildings, and military history.

Meet at the entrance at 11th Street NW and O Street NW


Tour IV: Sacrifice and Remembrance – Saturday May 12

This tour takes place entirely at Arlington National Cemetery. The tour focuses on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where Dr. Lengel describes the tomb and the process by which it was established. Participants will also view the Changing of the Guard and President Kennedy’s grave, as well as the grave of General John J. Pershing and other American military heroes.

Meet at Arlington Cemetery Visitor Center


Tour V: Memorialization – Saturday May 19

This tour considers the best-known military memorials on the National Mall, including the National World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Washington, D.C., World War I Memorial is also considered in the context of the battle to establish a national memorial for that war in the capital city.

Meet in the Atlantic Pavilion of the World War II Monument

Register here.




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