Manumission Tour Company

Manumission Tour Company


Today I did a morning tour with Sylvia Winterling. It was EXCELLENT!!!!! Sylvia, a former history teacher and a seasoned tour guide, demonstrated that she is well trained in both. She was engaging, knowledgeable and willing to engage fully in a dialogue about a topic which is sometimes uncomfortable.

I highly recommend this tour!!!!! You will learn a lot.
Thanks to you I got this trivia question right 😁
Would the guide who will lead the Christ Church tour on Sunday, November 12th, please contact me? Thanks!
I haven't yet taken a tour but I hope to do so this summer. Anything John Chapman puts together has to be good.

We curate Alexandria African American heritage tours catering to the socially-conscious day tripper. Founded by a fourth generation Alexandrian, this company offers weekend guided walking tours February thru December.

Personalized group tours and step-on services are available by request. Tour times & tickets can be found at the Ramsay House Visitors Center and online at

Manumission Tour Company curates cultural heritage tours in Alexandria, Virginia for the socially conscious day trippers.

Operating as usual 02/20/2021

Honor Alexandria's African-American heritage year-round

Thank you for the shout out from Patricia Washington, CEO of Visit Alexandria VA ALEXANDRIA, Va. -Patricia Washington, president, and CEO of Visit Alexandria detail their new virtual and outdoor Black history experiences including the Duke Street Black History Trail, Courageous Journey: Alexandria’s Black History Driving Tour, Manumission Tour Company’s offerings, an...


ICYMI! We are indeed a best bet! 02/01/2021

Underground Railroad Tour in Alexandria Virginia | Historic Walking Tour | Walk with Travel+Leisure

Thanks to Travel + Leisure and Visit Alexandria VA, we are starting off this Black History with a video of our newest tour "Still's Underground Railroad in Alexandria"!

Take a couple of mins and check out the video, and then help us spread the word! Here it is: Explore different stories in Alexandria Virginia’s history of slaves who ran away to freedom using the underground railroad. Join us as we walk around Alexan... 01/31/2021

Here's What's New in Alexandria, VA in 2021 From new riverside dining to immersive new public artwork and tours that highlight the city’s African American history, there are plenty of new things to do in Alexandria, Virginia.


Please take the #AlxDiningPledge and support our local restaurants!!!!


The only behind the scenes pic I was able to grab from our coming soon video with @travelandleisure ! Thanks to Misha and the folks at @visitalexva for highlighting our "Still's Underground Railroad" tour!


Manumission Tour Company is proud to be a part of Alexandria, and extremely proud to be a part of Alx-opoly, thanks to @thechamberalx! Check out their website to purchase your game set!


Habari Gani? UMOJA!

Today is the first day of Kwanzaa, where we celebrate UMOJA or Unity! 12/19/2020

25+ Alexandria, VA Experiences That Make Perfect Gifts

It's not too late to grab a e-gift card as a nice stocking stuffer! Give the gift of experiences this holiday season, ranging from historical walking tours to creative kits and classes and more.


One of the largest Civil War hospitals for United States Colored Troops


Today is the last day for regular weekend tours until February 2021. We will, however, still take private groups of 4 or more people through the next two months, before we resume regular weekend tours.

Manumission Tour Company sincerely thanks each and everyone one of you who toured with us, shared your experiences with family and friends, and gave us amazing reviews.

Thank you so much!

Be on the look out this winter for an expansion of our virtual offering, as we continue to share the amazing African American history that we have here in Alexandria!


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[11/28/20]   It’s Small Business Saturday® – whether you #ShopSmall for the holidays with us online, or tell a friend, your support is appreciated.

[11/28/20]   If you were one of our email insiders, you would be buying our tours, apparel and gifts at a deep discount right now.... ijs


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On a recent tour, the owner of the Fairfax House, who heard us talking about the manumission of Simon Fairfax, came outside to show us a copy of the manumission that is framed in the house.

To hear more about the story, sign up for the "Freedom's Fight in Alexandria" tour at 11/23/2020

Enslaved, Terrorized, Disenfranchised: Black Americans Still Found Ways to Change America

#ManumissionMonday Two new works of history, “South to Freedom,” by Alice L. Baumgartner, and “The Kidnapping Club,” by Jonathan Daniel Wells, show how the actions of Black Americans have long influenced national politics.


Timeline Photos 11/02/2020

A Virginia state senator found headstones on his property. It brought to light a historic injustice in D.C.

#ManumissionMonday The headstones had been ripped up from Columbian Harmony Cemetery, which served thousands of Black families for a century.


New apparel coming Nov. 1st, just in time for your holiday shopping! In the meantime, check this items out!!


Sophisticated Living Northern Virginia and DC

What a wonderful walking tour in Old town Alexandria today with fellow McEnearney agents and John Chapman of Manumission Tours. Learned a bunch about the underground railroad, extending what I already knew about Alexandria history.

Who knew, for example, that there was a house just steps away from City Hall where several slave families lived in close quarters, separate from their owners; or that "renting out" slaves was fairly common in the city? Great stories; well worth checking out at

#WeAreAlexandria #visitalexandria #oldtownalexandria 10/22/2020

Alexandria offers new Black history tours, trails for fall | WTOP

In the News: “There’s increased interest, increased urgency to understand our history in a more inclusive way,” a Visit Alexandria official said.


We hope that you will soon get the opportunity to tour with our newest tour guide, Linda Powell. She will be leading the Duke Street Black History Tour, which kicks off every Saturday at 3pm.

Sign up for a tour at


A great shot of our newest tour guide Linda telling the story of the Edmonton sisters!


If you get to take a tour with our newest guide Pam, you are in for a treat!! Her knowledge of Early Alexandria is amazing! Also, ask her about the stars in the sky because she is also a docent for the Air & Space Museum in DC!!


Great to have the DC Metro area professional network @meetup group join us this morning on the Freedom's Fight in Alexandria Tour!!



Flashing back to when we took 200 kids through Old Town on the "Freedom's Fight in Alexandria"


Thank you to @visitalexva for recognizing us at their Annual Meeting!

[09/23/20]   We are a looking for a couple of "tour testers" to test out a new tour coming soon. A couple qualifications:

1) You must have taken a tour with us before (So you know how we operate, and can compare it to other tours)
2) You need to be available this Saturday afternoon between 12pm-2pm

Please send us a message if you can help us out this weekend.


A visible reminder of when Alexandria, VA was Alexandria, DC. If you take our Freedom’s Fight Tour this weekend, you will hear about how this period (1804-1847) affected Blacks....and we will show where this downspout is located 😃


We are happy to announce that we have added a new tour guide to our company! Please welcome Ms. Pamela Neal! She will be leading tours at 10am every Saturday and Sunday! You can sign up to tour with her at

#alxblackhistory #extraordinaryalx #localblackhistorymatters #localblackhistory #blackhistory 08/31/2020

Why Historic Alexandria is creating nation’s first domestic slave trade museum - Virginia African American Cultural Resources Task Force

#ManumissionMonday “In this country, there’s no museum to the domestic slave trade,” notes Audrey Davis, director of the Alexandria Black History Museum.  The Franklin & Armfield Office may become the first. … 08/23/2020

Manumission Tour Company

We have some social media homework for you:

-Follow us on Instagram @manumissiontour

-Follow us on twitter @manumissiontour

-Check us out on YouTube --

See-- that's not too bad for homework


MTC Ad-- Exploring #AlxBlackHistory

We are now on YouTube!

Look for feature videos, a site walk thru or two, and some virtual tours.

But for now-- our first little video from Wix

An introductory ad for Manumission Tour Company, inviting you to explore African American History in Alexandria, VA

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We offer Weekly Walking Tours as well as Bus Tours, Group Tours and Private Tours. Step-on Tour Guide services are available by request



Alexandria, VA

Opening Hours

Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
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