A black and white photo of Off the Mall Walking Tours founder, Katie Kirkpatrick standing in front of the U.S. Capitol Building

"Get Off the Mall to explore the deep history of the Nation's Capital"

Meet Your Guide...

Katie Kirkpatrick is proud to call herself a DC resident since 2002. She moved to the capital after college for graduate school, and then worked in government for many years. However, history was always her first love.  She started her touring career by giving historical ghost tour pub crawls, and discovered a passion for sharing the varied and layered history of the capital area. So, she started her own company, drawing upon her interests in unique stories, a flair for costuming, and her love of DC. 

More about Off the Mall Tours

Off the Mall Tours is a unique walking tour company that brings a fresh perspective to the history of the nation's capital. Its mission is to introduce locals and tourists alike to the DC that awaits "Off the Mall" and into the neighborhoods of this fascinating, energetic city.  After one of our tours, our guests are delighted with their newfound understanding of its multi-layered and multi-cultural heritage 

Katie Kirkpatrick is proud to call herself a DC resident since 2002. She moved to the capital after college for graduate school, and then worked in government for many years. However, history was always her first love.  She started her touring career by giving historical ghost tour pub crawls, and discovered a passion for sharing the varied and layered history of the capital area. So, she started her own company, drawing upon her interests in unique stories, a flair for costuming, and her love of DC. 

Special LImited Tours

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BLACK BROADWAY

Tour Series with author,
Briana Thomas

 

$50 for Tour & Signed Book

$35 Tour Only

Saturdays 3 - 5pm

11/13 - Black Broadway's Writers & Educators

 

 

 

SEcrets of DC
Tour Series with
JoAnn Hill

$45 for Tour and Signed Book 

$30 for Tour only  - Use promo code "SecretTour"

 

Tours start at 7pm and are 1.5 -  2 hours

10/21 - Secrets of Alexandria

11/11 - Secrets of the National Mall 

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 Special Seasonal Walk! 
 
The Lesser Known Notables of Oak Hill Cemetery
October 30th, 12pm - 1:30pm 

 The Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown dates back to 1848, when the land was   purchased by William W. Corcoran. It contains the graves of many notable men and   women, some of who perhaps are not as noted as they should be, and some who   aren’t just notable but notorious. From confederate spies to union generals,     educators to architects, Civil War to Cold War, this tour will take you around this   beautiful cemetery and recount tales of those who use it as their final resting place. And yes, there will be at least one ghost story.
$25 per person.
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OTM has a new GUide!  
Join Ami Greener
for 
The Jewish History 
of Washington
October 24, 2Pm

 

Ami Greener is a native of Jerusalem, Israel, but has called DC home since 2007. He has been leading historical Hebrew tours of the DC area since 2016. 

 

The Tour: In the early 20th century, the area around 7th St in today's Chinatown was the center of Jewish life in DC - a community that was unlike any other North American Jewish community. In this walking tour you will follow in their footpaths, learn about where they lived and worked (often right above the shop!) and visit four unique synagogues that were active over a century ago.

Start: Judicairy Square Metro, End: Gallery Place Metro

Cost: $25 per person.

Fall 2021 Schedule

 

October

2nd   - 3pm  -  Black Broadway Series: Black Businesses

3rd    -  2pm -  Historic Alleyways

8th    - 7pm  -  Madams of DC 

10th  - 11am - Wives Who Won the Cold War

13th  - 7pm  -  French Connections 

16th  - 3pm  -  Black Broadway Series: Writers and Educators

17th  - 2pm  - Historic Alleyways

21st   - 7pm  - Secrets of Alexandria  

22nd - 7pm  - Madams of DC 

24th  - 11am - Wives Who Won the Cold War 

24th  - 2pm   - The Jewish History of Washington

28th  - 7pm   - District of Punk 

30th  - 12pm - Lesser Known Notable of Oak Hill Cemetery

30th  - 3pm   - Harlem Renaissance in DC 

31st  - 1pm   - History of Black Georgetown 

November

 

5th  - 7pm - Madams of DC 

7th  - 11am - Wives Who Won the Cold War 

10th - 7pm - French Connections

11th - 7pm - Secrets of the National Mall 

13th - 3pm - Harlem Renaissance in DC 

14th - 2pm - Historic Alleyways 

18th - 7pm - District of Punk 

19th - 7pm - Madams of DC 

21st - 11am - Wives Who Won the Cold War 

27th - 3pm - Harlem Renaissance in DC 

28th - 1pm - History of Black Georgetown            

Regularly Scheduled Tours
Tours are $25 per adult, $15 per child unless otherwise specified.

 

Give a Tour as a Gift! 

Madams 
of DC

Uncover the story of the rise of Madams in DC during and after the Civil War, and walk along the roads where you could find the most notorious brothels of DC's former red-light district. 

 

Every other Friday, 7pm

Historic
Alleyways 

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Hidden behind elegant row houses was another world that served as a haven for the city's working class and escaped enslaved persons.  Pull back the curtain on these secret enclaves.

 

Select Sundays (check schedule above), 2pm

Wives Who Won 
the Cold War

During the early days of the Cold War and the Kennedy era, men made the policy but their wives made history. Discover the lives of women who learned how to make their mark in a man's world.

 

Select Sundays (check schedule above), 11am 

Harlem Renaissance
in DC

The Harlem Renaissance didn't just happen in Harlem. From the sounds of the Jazz Era to the prose of Langston Hughes, this tour takes you on a journey back in time and through the hip and happening U Street neighborhood. 

 

Every other Saturday, 3pm

 History of Black Georgetown
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Discover the stories of Georgetown’s black citizens, from its early days as a port town known for its tobacco and slave trade to the era of gentrification that took place after Truman’s New Deal brought droves of government workers to the District. Throughout it all, Black Georgetown made significant contributions to its history 

Last Sunday of the Month, 1pm. 

 District of

 PUNK

Punk took hold in DC, and is it any surprise? DC is where political movements come to rise and make their voices heard, and punk was undeniably political. This tour takes you to the former venues that transformed downtown DC into a punk haven, and tells the stories of the people who defined the scene. 

Last Thursday of every month 6pm. 

 French
Connections


 

There are many connections between DC and our French allies, from the Revolutionary War hero General Marquis de Lafayette to the original planner of our nation's capital Pierre L'Enfant.  Learn about DC's many French Connections.

2nd Wednesday of the Month, 7pm

Private Tours 

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Off the Mall offers private tours on an "as available" basis. Choose one of our regular tours, or if you want something customized, reach out to offthemallwalkingtours@gmail.com and tell us your travel dates, available times,  and interests, and we'll work with you to create an amazing tour.  Rates vary depending on time, but most private 2-3 hour tours run $300 for up to eight people. 
 
 

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