About

Washington Walks is a love story.

Washington Walks founder Carolyn Crouch was pursuing her graduate degree in acting when she met and married her husband, who lived in Washington DC. Everything was supposed to go according to plan. After a perfect wedding and honeymoon, she'd return home to DC to complete her acting studies and audition for roles.

One walking tour of London was all it took to change everything. Carolyn returned from her London honeymoon with two loves: her husband and walking tours.

Based on her London experiences, she started creating walking tours where none existed before for her newly adopted Washington. In 1999, Washington Walks became the first company to offer walking tours of the nation’s capital. Crouch created Washington Walks to tell the stories of the people and places in America’s capital you just can’t get from glancing out of a tour bus window. As Crouch explains, “There is more to D.C. than just the famous monuments and the National Mall. With a walking tour, people get to experience so much more.”


“We have an ongoing love affair with Washington D.C.’s history – its residents, architecture, and cultural significance – and like nothing better than sharing stories about those people and places.”


 It’s a passion that has grown to include more than a dozen fellow guides over the years. “We have an ongoing love affair with Washington D.C.’s history – its residents, architecture, and cultural significance – and like nothing better than sharing stories about those people and places,” beams Crouch.

Our Guides

ANDREW has always understood and appreciated the power of a good story to capture, persuade, and inspire audiences of all sizes.

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BRENDA has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1982 when she helped launch USA Today newspaper as one of its founding editors. For decades, she told short, grabby, pertinent stories in print. Now, she enjoys telling stories face-to-face on tour.

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BRIAN is a local DC history nerd who specializes in the development of the city and its neighborhoods. His day day job is collecting and mapping historical data on the city’s buildings. He actually thinks it’s fun!

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CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to her husband, who showed her the sites of his hometown on foot when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She studied English and Art History as an undergraduate.

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CHRISTINA attributes her love of history and walking to Sunday afternoon family walks at historic spots in her native Ohio. She is a 40 year resident of the DC area and had a career in electronic libraries.

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DAVID traces his love of history to having grown up next to Old Bethpage Village Restoration, a recreated mid-19th century living history village on Long Island. He moved to the D.C.

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DWANE is a full-time actor-performer in Greater Washington-Baltimore. He recently spent two years portraying scientist and founding Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry at the National Museum of American History.

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HAYDEN moved to D.C. in 1972. He is active in the D.C. Preservation League, preparing Historic Landmark Nominations for endangered buildings. He is former archivist for the Sumner School and Archives, where he catalogued the historical records of the D.C. Public Schools.

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JIM is a retired attorney now pursuing his life-long passion for politics, history, and the capital city’s neighborhoods. An avid world traveler, he often takes walking tours himself when abroad.

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LINDA fell in love with Washington, DC in 2007 when she visited for the first time for her friend’s birthday celebration. In just one weekend she was hooked and destined to be a resident.

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MARY ANNE, a Washington area resident since 1972, is a former travel writer who’s convinced that the nation’s capital is the most fascinating city she’s ever covered.

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MEG is a history buff who feels that winning her high school’s History award only made her cooler. She is partial to haunted histories as she was born on Halloween.

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PAUL is a professional journalist, former radio news anchor, actor, runner and history buff. A native of the New York/New Jersey area, he’s been exploring Washington’s crannies, cemeteries and memorials for 20 years and is in his third year with Washington Walks.

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PHOEBE retired from the federal government several years ago, where she was involved in dry technical subjects. Tour guiding has unleashed her inner Liberal Arts major, and taken advantage of her degrees–a B.A. in History and a M.A. in City Planning.

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TERRY studied business and tourism at Clemson and earned her master’s degree in Heritage Planning and Management in England. She researched and put together the Le Droit Park tour. Terry enjoys learning about and discussing the architectural history of Washington.

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VICTORIA is a professional actor and teaching artist who, after receiving two master’s degrees in Shakespeare, moved to the D.C. area in 2010. A year later, she co-founded Brave Spirits Theatre.

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