Washington, D.C. audio tour: The White House's Lafayette Park

The White House's Lafayette Park

Walking Tour

15 mins

About the Tour

This is a 15-minute-long walk through a small park, but it is also a journey that covers love, betrayal, murder, a duel to the death, attempted assassination, ghosts, the heroes of two wars and - oh yeah - the White House.

Tour Producer


Rick Snider

I'm a native Washingtonian who's a lifelong journalist and third-generation tour guide. And oh, I'm related to Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth and co-conspirator Mary Surratt. You'll hear the inside stories when touring Washington with me. Besides the Lincoln assassination, my tours include Lafayette Park by the White House and the Kennedy homes in Georgetown plus Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, my favorite place in the world.

Major Landmarks

  • St. John's Episcopal Church

  • Lafayette Park

  • White House

  • Stephen DeCatur House

  • Andrew Jackson statue

Directions to Starting Point

The walk starts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1525 H Street

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Places to stop along the way

The Stephen DeCatur House is a naval museum and open during the day.

Best time of day

The tour can be done at any time, but daytime hours are best.


This is the most secure area you'll ever enter because it's next to the White House.


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The White House's Lafayette Park