Discover Untold Stories in the Ruins of the Seneca Quarry with Historian Garret Peck ($10 Off)

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What You'll Do

Grab your hiking boots and your camera as you join author and historian Garrett Peck to explore the rich ruins of the Seneca Quarry, visiting such landmarks as the stonecutting mill, 50-foot quarry wall, and restored quarry master's house. As you soak up the stunning setting, learn about the significance of the rust-colored sandstone originating at the banks of the Potomac, which served as building material for D.C. structures like the Smithsonian Castle and McClellan Gate. While safely navigating the creeks and crumbling buildings of the quarry, Peck shares stories of the site's golden age, weaving tales of great floods and financial scandals that nearly destroyed presidents .

  • See Where the Smithsonian Castle's Red Sandstone Came From
    Visit the site where workers once mined the sandstone that was used to construct some of D.C.'s most distinctive buildings

  • Hear the Stories from a Historian
    Garrett Peck, author of Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry shares tales of the quarry's golden age and its influence on the area

  • Explore the Quarry's Ruins
    Tours safely walk through the abandoned buildings and overgrown creeks of the quarry site, offering scenic vistas and natural beauty

Each event is capped at 25 participants; each event requires a minimum of 8 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Garrett PeckGarrett Peck
Author, Historian

Garret Peck, historian and author of books on prohibition and the Potomac River, has spent years learning about the nation's capital. His latest work, The Smithsonian Castle & The Seneca Quarry, investigates the history behind the quarry that gave D.C. its distinctive redstone architecture and played a key part in the economy and politics of the Reconstruction Era.


Where You'll Meet

Tours begin at the parking lot by Seneca Aqueduct, at the very end of Riley's Lock Road in Seneca, Maryland.


Reviews

An incredibly interesting walk through local history! Garrett is a wonderful tour guide...

Nan F., SideTour

I couldn't recommend this tour - or Garrett - any more highly!

Kenlyn M., SideTour

Garrett showed us so many interesting things associated with the quarry & mill.

Jesse C, SideTour

In a Nutshell

Learn the quarry's scandalous and remarkable history from historian and author Garrett Peck as you hike through its overgrown ruins

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Valid only for option purchased. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min of 7 participants for 12/7, min of 8 for 12/21, 1/25, 2/15, & 3/8, min of 3 for 12/18, and min of 6 for the 1/4 date or experience subject to cancellation; no min required on 11/23. No value after experience date & time have passed. Experience Provider is issuer of tickets for experience. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Must provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 +. Gratuity incl. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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