Tour of the DC Boundary Stones

This field trip will circumnavigate the boundary of the original District of Columbia and visit some of the 225-year old milestones, laid by a team under the leadership of Andrew Ellicott and Benjamin Banneker, that delineated the original capital region. As we travel between the markers and examine them when we stop, geographer alumnus Lee De Cola ‘66 will provide geographic, navigational, historical, and sociological commentary (he has led this tour several times before, but never for his fellow Reedies). 

The guided trip is a geographic mystery tour that follows sociological and geological transects of the capital region: from the lively streets of Southeast DC, through leafy Chevy Chase, to the sprawl of Fairfax County. We will convene in mid-morning in Alexandria and begin driving to South Point under the Wilson Bridge in Alexandria, we will stop for lunch in Silver Spring and end our tour in the late afternoon.

We will need volunteer drivers for multiple alumni cars; when RSVP’ing please indicate whether you can bring and drive a car, or whether you will need a ride; then we will match up drivers and riders. Details about the meeting point and time will be provided when you RSVP. 

Times listed here are approximate.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10:30am to 5:00am

Alexandria, VA

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