Three Limestone County Communities to Offer Free Historic Walks Each Saturday in April
Athens-Limestone Alabama is welcoming Spring and marking their bicentennials with three communities participating in the statewide Saturday Historic Walk initiative. The communities of Athens, Elkmont and Mooresville will have walks highlighting our history, people, and places starting April 7th and continuing each Saturday during the month of April.
Alabama’s oldest town, Mooresville, has prepared a special bicentennial series to accompany their historic walks for April called “Portraits of the Beginning”. Each walking session will begin with a small lecture about milestones and moments in Mooresville’s history before setting out and winding through the tiny village's tree covered streets for history, heritage and architecture of the tiny town. Attendees wishing to attend Mooresville’s Saturday Historic Walks are requested to reserve their spot via the website www.MooresvilleAL.com and looking under the Bicentennial section for Portraits of the Beginning. Seating for this free series that starts at 10:00 a.m. each Saturday in April is limited. Check-in instruction for the start location will be included with your reservations.
Athens will be offering up to five tours each Saturday full of history, architecture and lore in celebration of the Athens-Limestone County Bicentennial. Attendees interested in participating in the walks should check in at the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center at 100 North Beaty Street in Athens next to the Big Spring Memorial Park Pond (a.k.a. The Duck Pond) starting at 9:45 a.m. After signing in, attendees will depart at 10:00 a.m. with local guides Rebekah Davis to tour the Houston Historic District; Jerry Barksdale to tour Downtown Athens Historic District; Billy Ward to tour the Beaty Historic District and Teddy Dutton to tour the Alabama Veterans Museum.
The walks of the historic district will wind their way past homes, businesses, and other historic structures while sharing tales of community, families, history, architecture and occasional bit of humor, tragedy or legend.
The tour attendees of the Alabama Veterans Museum will step inside the repurposed L&N Freight Depot and enjoy a carefully curated collection of items from the Revolutionary War to the present with tales from the war front as well as the home front.
Historic Elkmont’s tours will feature local historical society members sharing tales of the Civil War alongside other tales of Elkmont’s people, places, and lore. Attendees of the Elkmont Historic Walk are asked to meet at the old L&N Train Depot on Railroad Street near the intersection with Upper Fort Hampton Road beside the Richard Martin Rails-to-Trails at 10:00 a.m. for check-in.
The Athens, Mooresville and Elkmont Bicentennial Historic Saturday Walking Tours will continue the entire month of April, weather permitting. The walks are free and open to the public. The walks take between one to two hours to complete and will involve traveling on a variety of terrain. Attendees should wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather accordingly.
Another grand Bicentennial event to make note of is the upcoming Athens Cemetery Stroll – Bicentennial Event which will occur on Sunday, April 22nd from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Athens City Cemetery with actors dressed in period styles offering tales of history, families and more that celebrates the 200 years of Alabama, Limestone County, Mooresville and Athens. The event is free and open to the public, donations welcome.
For more information on these or other upcoming events, please contact the Athens-Limestone Visitors Center at 100 North Beaty Street in Athens, by phone 256-232-5411, or visit the website www.VisitAthensAL.com.
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