Hear fascinating lesser-known tales from Twain’s time as a correspondent in DC on this one-of-a-kind walking tour

Washington Mall

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What You'll Do

Starting near the Jackson statue in Lafayette Square, journey back to the mid-19th century, when Mark Twain spent the winter of 1867–68 working as a journalist for a half-dozen newspapers. Join historian and author of the newly released Mark Twain in Washington, D.C: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent John Muller as you travel to sites like the Willard Hotel, Newspaper Row, and the old City Hall to uncover this little-known but pivotal chapter in Twain’s life. While walking, you’ll hear captivating stories about Twain’s time in various boarding houses and the lively, irreverent, and hard-drinking bohemian correspondents he ran with.

  • Learn About Mark Twain’s Years in DC
    Historian and author John Muller reveals the untold stories of one of the most famous authors of all time

  • Visit Essential Historic Sites
    John leads you on an adventure stretching more than a half-century as you visit places like Newspaper Row, the old Police Court, and more

The experience lasts 90 minutes. Each event is capped at 20 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place


Your Host

John Muller John Muller

Historian, Author

John Muller was already fascinated by history when he first read about icons like Mark Twain and Frederick Douglass in school. After embarking on a career as a historian, Muller published Frederick Douglass in Washington D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, and the recently released Mark Twain in Washington, D.C: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent, an account of Twain’s lesser-known time in the city. Muller's encyclopedic knowledge has served him well as a Washington Times reporter and contributor to the Washington Post and Georgetowner.


Where You'll Meet

Tours start at Lafayette Park, with groups assembling in front of the Andrew Jackson statue.


When You'll Meet

You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

Tours take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Sunday, February 2
  • Saturday, March 1
  • Saturday, March 15

Tours take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Sunday, March 2
  • Sunday, March 9
  • Sunday, March 16


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    Washington Mall

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

    Washington, District of Columbia 20500

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In a Nutshell

Learn how Twain’s DC life catapulted his career and hear stories of his bohemian and irreverent associations from an author on the subject

The Fine Print

Expires Mar 16th, 2014. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 4 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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