Regard America’s spiritual heritage with 2013 DC and Virginia tours

These tours allow visitors to Washington D.C. the opportunity to see the monuments to the faith that the nation was built upon. Photo: Providence Foundation

Washington, February 12, 2013 — Sites and artifacts in the nation’s capital and Virginia’s Tidewater region are filled with faith markers left by America’s founders. 

One way to find these markers in the maze of tourist stops is to follow and listen to an expert guide’s narrative. Upcoming tours of DC and Virginia’s Historic Triangle are being offered  for the 10th year by the American Family Association and Providence Foundation, an organization dedicated to Christian education.

“Throughout history, nations have built monuments, usually to record victories in battle or to honor their gods,” said Stephen McDowell – president of Providence Foundation. “Every nation’s monuments and national symbols reflect the heart of the people and identify what they believe is the source of their nation’s greatness and achievements.”

America’s monuments, he said, are built to declare the source of the nation’s birth, liberty and greatness under God 

McDowell partners with the American Family Association and its leaders, Tim and Alison Wildmon, to offer organized multi-day Spiritual Heritage Tours of Washington and Mount Vernon, as well as Virginia’s Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. Takers may do either or both tours.

June 16-19 (Virginia); 19-22 (DC/Mount Vernon);

September 15-18 (Virginia); 18-21 (DC/Mount Vernon)

For complete itinerary, cost, information about each stop, and signup, visit

What’s in store for tour participants? Fun, education, and spiritual uplift, said Wildmon.

“We don’t just visit sites, but we talk about the stories and people who were connected with them – like Franklin D. Roosevelt’s prayer for the nation right before D-Day in 1944, and George Washington’s faith and the role it took in his life. At the National Archives, we discuss references to the Creator God in such documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

“Our hundreds of participants of all ages and faith expressions have consistently thanked us for educating them about America’s Christian heritage,” said Wildmon. “They enjoy the sites and the sharing we do over group meals on the tour. And have plenty of fun as we do the inspirational sightseeing.”

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