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Downtown Spies

Civil War to Cold War

  • 39 US dollars
  • Organization of American States

Service Description

Join Katherine on this informative and entertaining walk through 150 years of spying in Downtown and around the White House, a breeding ground and a playground for domestic & international spies. During the Civil War, Union Spies prevented Confederate sympathizers from taking over Washington, D.C. Then, as the 19th century turned into the 20th century, growing concern about the rise of communism in the United States led to several Red Scares. In the period after WWII, the Cold War heated up as the United States and the USSR engaged in an international competition between democracy & communism. On this exciting tour, Katherine will regale you with the intrigues of nefarious spies, counterspies, and double agents and will guide you through the spy capital of the world, exploring cafés, houses, bars, hotels, restaurants, parks, and embassies that served as the “wilderness of mirrors” that was the notorious intelligence underbelly of Washington, D.C. You will learn about Confederate spy rings that sought to kidnap or kill Abraham Lincoln and walk in the steps of such infamous spies as the hoop-skirted “Rebel” Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Julia Child, Elizabeth Bentley, and Karl Koecher. From Lincoln's last days to the end of the Cold War, this tour explores revels in the history of spying in Washington, DC.


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Contact Details

  • 200 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA