Free walking tours explore Huntsville’s rich history

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(Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau)

October is Huntsville History Month, and what better way to celebrate the Rocket City’s rich history than with a free, guided historic walking tour?

Two free walking tours will explore two historic districts in the city – Five Points Historic Disctrict and Old Town Historic District. These free tours are open to the public and no reservations are required.

The Five Points Historic District tour will be held on Oct. 5, starting at 10:00 a.m. Meet up and departure for this tour will be at the corner of Wells Avenue and Maple Hill Drive (NW corner of Maple Hill Cemetery), with Jan Williams serving as the tour guide.

The Old Town Historic District will be held on Oct. 12, also starting at 10:00 a.m. Meet up and departure for this tour will be at 122 Walker Avenue in Huntsville, with Mike and Cathy Self as tour guides.

Leashed pets and strollers are welcome on both tours.

Among the city’s several historic districts, the downtown Huntsville historic districts (Twickenham, Old Town and Five Points) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This official list contains places considered worthy of preservation for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture.

Free walking tours exploring Alabama’s past were initiated by the Alabama Tourism Department in 2003, using Huntsville’s walking tours as a model, to foster the exploration of Alabama’s history and culture, especially in downtown areas.

Alabama is the only state with annual coordinated, state-wide walking tours.

Source: Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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