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Explore the Ruins of Seneca Quarry

guided hike

Explore the Ruins of Seneca Quarry

23 reviews
Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English
guided hike

Explore the Ruins of Seneca Quarry

guided hike

Explore the Ruins of Seneca Quarry

23 reviews
Paused until 31 July. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
2.5 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

On this 2.5-hour walking tour, we’ll make our way along unpaved trails to view the ruins of Seneca Quarry, notable for producing the distinctive red sandstone used for the Smithsonian Castle and many other D.C. buildings. We'll gather at the beautiful Seneca Aqueduct — the only aqueduct on the canal made with Seneca redstone — and learn how the canal and quarry's histories were intertwined. Bring your camera! You'll have plenty of time to take photographs of the distinctly rust-colored structures. We'll take a 1.5-mile hike through the woods to see Seneca Quarry. We'll climb up to see the beautiful quarry master's house, a unique structure that housed the site superintendent and is now part of Maryland's Resident Curatorship Program. The capstone of the tour is a visit to the site where the stone for the Smithsonian Castle was excavated. From there we'll hike back to the Seneca Aqueduct and wrap up our experience.

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Garrett

Hi. I'm Garrett, a member of the Atlas Obscura community. I am an author, historian, and tour guide in the nation's capital. I discovered Seneca Quarry while I was researching a guide book about the Potomac River. Before I knew it, I was writing another book called "The Smithsonian Castle and the Seneca Quarry." It was a lot of fun to research, mostly based on archival and field research. It was like going on a treasure hunt. I can't wait to share Seneca Quarry with you!

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Where you'll be

Few people know about the Seneca Quarry, as it's deep in the woods right off the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. On this fun outdoor hiking tour of a "lost" historic site, you'll explore hidden archaeological ruins and learn the amazing history of the quarry, and above all the people — including former slaves — who toiled at Seneca until it closed in 1901.

Activity advisory

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

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Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. People must be comfortable with an off-road hike on deer trails and be able to stand for the entire tour. We will ascend one steep hill (about 60 feet…

What to bring

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More tips

This event will run rain or shine. We’ll send you a liability waiver before the experience; please sign it and bring it with you. Pack a snack, water, and your camera. Dress in layers. And give yourself plenty of time to drive to the Seneca Aqueduct

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Explore the Ruins of Seneca Quarry
23 reviews
£27/person
23 reviews
£27/person