“The Annual British Conquest and Burning of Washington Tour, August 24, DC”



08/24/2021 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm




1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

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August 24, 1814 was the worst day in the history of Washington, D.C., and perhaps of America. When much of the nation’s Capital was burned to the ground by a rampaging British Army, during the darkest period of the War of 1812!

This unique walking tour will detail the conquest of the D.C by the British, and their burning of the Capitol, the Treasury Building, War & Navy Departments, and the White House, military actions in Alexandria and Baltimore, and the general course of “America’s Second War of Independence”.

Meet in the historic lobby of the Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, August 24, 5:30 pm.

Length of tour: 2 hours.

Nearest metro stop: Metro Center. Parking in garages north of the Willard and the White House.


Some of our action-packed itinerary!:

• The burning of the Capitol, Supreme Court, and Library of Congress.

• The dramatic events at the Marine Barracks and Navy Yard.

• The wild Battle of Bladensburg, Maryland

• How First Lady Dolley Madison bravely faced the approach of the British.

• The unsung hero who saved the original Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

• The brave doctor who treated the wounded, and gave up his house to the British!

• President Madison, the only Chief Executive to lead America’s troops in battle.

• The cowardly Secretary of War, and how a diplomat took over the War Department!

• How the ruse of an Irish washerwoman gulled an English admiral

• The dilemma the war posed slaves: how African-Americans fought in the conflict.

• How the war nearly triggered the secession—of the North!

• The amazingly motley army behind Andy Jackson’s stunning victory at the Battle of New Orleans.

• The Washington Typhoon!

• The original war hawks, and doves.

• How volcanoes in Iceland affected the course of the conflict!

• The 1812 Navy hero of Lafayette Square, killed by a fellow Commodore!

• How a Renaissance Man saved the invaluable inventions at the Patent Office.

• The mysterious Curse of the Washington Woman

• Looting along Pennsylvania Avenue, and in the White House!

• The only nation to beat the U.S. in war–twice

• The epic, follow-up Battle of Baltimore

• And more!

Your guide is a former writer for the “Tonight Show”, and ex-White House speechwriter, and author of a forthcoming book, The Lost Capitol, on the history of the Capitol Building.

Ed is also author of the book The White House’s Unruly Neighborhood, on the wild past of the area we’ll walk through:

Think history is boring? Not on this tour!