White House Tales of Scandal & Intrigue

Washington, United States

Experience hosted by Edward

2 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Join me in exploring the hidden history of the White House neighborhood, Lafayette Square, and its most unusual events and personalities. As part of this tour, you’ll learn about the biggest scandal in Washington's history, which toppled an entire presidential Cabinet.

You’ll hear stories you won’t hear anywhere else, including: the hidden symbols within the White House's architecture, spies who operated from the Square, the wildest parties in presidential history, the murder of a District Attorney by a Congressman, the enslaved woman who ignited a Civil Rights revolution, deadly duels between military officers, the tragic death of America's first female professional photographer, the untold stories of presidential assassinations, the nation's first and little-known civil war, where the CIA and the space program were founded...and more!
Join me in exploring the hidden history of the White House neighborhood, Lafayette Square, and its most unusual events and personalities. As part of this tour, you’ll learn about the biggest scandal in Washington's history, which toppled an entire presidential Cabinet.

You’ll hear stories you won’t hear anywhere else, including: the hidden symbols within the White House's architecture, spies who operated from the Square, the wildest p…

Meet your host, Edward

Host on Airbnb since 2012
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Hi. I’m Edward, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

The author of 10 published books on history, politics, humor, and science, I'm a former speechwriter to the President of the United States. A professional tour guide, I'm also an ex- writer for "The Tonight Show". Further, I'm the author of a book on the hidden history of Lafayette Square, titled The White House's Unruly Neighborhood. And I'm also the author of a presidential history, The Two-Term Jinx, and a collection of essays, America A to Z, as well as the political humor book, Foundering Fathers.
Hi. I’m Edward, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

The author of 10 published books on history, politics, humor, and science, I'm a former speechwriter to the President of the United States. A professional tour guide, I'm also an ex- writer for "The Tonight Show". Further, I'm the author of a book on the hidden history of Lafayette Square, titled The White House's Unruly Neighborhood. And I'm also the author of a presidential history, The Two-Term Jinx, and a collection of essay…
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Where you'll be

We'll explore the exterior of the White House, the locales of spies, a monument to a famed and controversial General, the site of a bloody attack on a Secretary of State, the house that hatched the largest slave escape in U.S. history, the site of a Presidential assassination attempt, the tribute to the Marquis de Lafayette, the grand mansion of a slain Navy officer, the world's largest office building, the home of Dolley Madison, and more.

Rated 4.90 out of 5 from 30 reviews.

Roger
August 2021
This tour is funny, informative, and well worth the fee. Edward is a wealth of knowledge and tells the story so passionately. Well worth the price!
Monica
June 2021
I thought this was an awesome tour! I loved that Ed knew so many details about the duals and the “cool” DC scandals that had happened. Great tour!👍
Sarah
May 2021
Edward was awesome! Super knowledgeable and even catered his story choice to our groups interests. His acting is also top notch, lol. We had a great time and learned a lot!
Maddie
April 2021
Such a fun way to explore the history of the city! Ed is so knowledgeable and a great storyteller. We had a great time.
Taimel
March 2021
great experience so much information! Ed did an amazing job to make sure I got a good view of everything even though it os gated off :) definitely will recommend to anyone that is looking for good information and a good time
Isaiah
February 2021
Due to the fencing around the White House, this tour was relocated to Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown. The tour was informative and very interesting. Edward is an animated tour guide and you will enjoy hearing his stories about Washingtonians from years past. As a history buff, I enjoyed the stories. However, you should know that at the time of our tour, Edward told our tour group that he was under strict doctor's orders to not wear a mask (although he did tell the rest of us to wear masks). He did not wear a mask during the tour, except for a brief time when we entered the chapel. He was not speaking at that time. While he told us he would keep distance during the tour, that was not followed when he was telling his stories and was getting fairly close to the tour group. We all tried to keep our distance but he made that very difficult at times. We did not know this going in and we felt others should be aware before booking one of his tours. If you are ok with that and know it going in, then we highly recommend Edward's tours!

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  • Sun, Sep 26
    4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    $26 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 2 and up can attend.

What to bring

Bottle of water

Comfortable walking shoes