Fall 2021 Historic Athens Heritage Walks Tours

Historic Athens is proud to announce our fall 2021 Athens Heritage Walks series. The historic walking tours, now in their 12th season, are a series of guided tours highlighting Athens’ historic neighborhoods and places. The walks began in 2009 to celebrate Athens’ designation as one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations and have been held annually since that time, with the exception of last year, due to the pandemic.

 

There are nine walking tours in this year’s series. All the tours are new with the exception of two returning favorites—Mill Village in the Boulevard Historic District and the Oconee Hill Cemetery National Register District. Four of this year’s tours feature Athens’ African American history—three historic neighborhoods will be explored, and a tour of University of Georgia’s North Campus will tell the stories of the enslaved people who built and maintained the university. Also new this year is “Queer Space,” a walking tour of LGBTQ history in Athens.

 

Tour guides are local volunteers with a love for Athens and a special place in their hearts for the places they take you. Each guide is familiar with neighborhood architectural styles, historical context and interesting characters who once lived there—and in some cases still do. This expertise creates a unique experience for each tour. 

 

This year’s series features nine tours, starting on September 12 and ending on November 14. Most of the tours last approximately two hours. Tickets are $12 for Historic Athens members and $15 for non-members. To become a member, visit historicathens.com/join. For more information on tours, contact Amy Andrews at 706-248-6898 or aandrews2002@hotmail.com.

[SOLD OUT] Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Linnentown

[SOLD OUT] Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Linnentown

Sunday, September 12 at 2pm. Tour guides: Hattie Thomas Whitehead and Bobby Crook

[SOLD OUT] Down the Sunset Trail to Holman Avenue: An Auto-Age Neighborhood of the 1920s-1960s

[SOLD OUT] Down the Sunset Trail to Holman Avenue: An Auto-Age Neighborhood of the 1920s-1960s

Saturday, September 18 at 10am. Tour guides: Steven and Beth Brown

[SOLD OUT] Hallowed Ground at the University of Georgia

[SOLD OUT] Hallowed Ground at the University of Georgia

Sunday, September 19 at 2pm. Tour guide: Scott Nesbit

Queer Space: Athens, Georgia (two tours offered)

Queer Space: Athens, Georgia (two tours offered)

Sun, Oct 3 at 2pm & Sun, Nov 21 at 2pm. Guide: Caroline Caden. 2nd tour link here, or click image for October tickets: historicathens.Ticketspice.com/2021-heritage-walk-queer-space-2-nov-21

Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Morristown

Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Morristown

Sunday, October 17 at 2pm Tour guide: Steve Armour

Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Newtown

Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Newtown

Saturday October 23 at 10am. Tour Guide: Irene Gilree

Mill Village in the Boulevard National Register District

Mill Village in the Boulevard National Register District

Sunday, October 31 at 2pm Tour guide: Mary Conley

[SOLD OUT] A Driving Tour of the Oconee Hill Cemetery National Register District (two tours offered)

[SOLD OUT] A Driving Tour of the Oconee Hill Cemetery National Register District (two tours offered)

Sunday, November 7 at 2pm and Saturday, November 13 at 10am. Tour guide: Charlotte Thomas Marshall.

A Royal Tour of King Avenue: from Cobbham to Cathedral Pines

A Royal Tour of King Avenue: from Cobbham to Cathedral Pines

Sunday, November 14 at 2pm Tour guide: Amy Andrews