Athens, Ala. (March 10, 2017) – Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association proudly announces the return of free, guided walking tours beginning each Saturday only in the month of April. Residents and visitors are invited to take part in a casual stroll through historic Athens and/or Mooresville and learn about their history and heritage as both communities mark their bicentennial birthday.
The one-hour walking tours are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at the Athens’ Visitor Center meeting room, located at 100 North Beaty Street in Athens, with check in beginning at 9:45 a.m. In Mooresville, the walks will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will meet at the Post Office on Lauderdale Street each Saturday. Anyone wishing to see inside the historic Mooresville Post Office is suggested to arrive 10-15 minutes early, as it will close as scheduled at 10:00 a.m.
Teresa Todd, President of the Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association said, “Athens was ranked number one in attendance last year and we hope to have the largest attendance in the state again this year.”
Knowledgeable guides will escort participants through historic neighborhoods and landmarks where they will share the history of the city including history of local businesses and families, architectural styles of the homes and other colorful moments in the community’s history.
Mooresville is the oldest town in the State of Alabama with the oldest continuous working post office. You can tour the six streets of homes and the famous 1818 Farm during your tour. The entire one-square mile town of Mooresville is on the National Historical Registry.
The six areas offered for tours in Athens are:
Historic Beaty District
Historic Houston District
Old Athens Cemetery
Historic Downtown Square
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives
Athens State University
Reservations are not required and tours are held rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for walking on a variety of surfaces. Tours take from one to two hours to complete.
For more information, call 256-232-5411