Free, guided historic walking tours to take place in April
Tours explore one of South’s largest concentration of antebellum homes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2017
(Huntsville, AL) – Ever been curious about the stories behind some of the most historic neighborhoods in our community? The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is sponsoring free, guided walking tours to explore the stories behind two of the area’s many historic districts this spring. The spring walking tours take place the first four Saturdays in April and explore the Twickenham Historic District (April 1 and April 8) and the Madison Historic District (April 15 and April 22). The tours are free, and no reservations are required.
All walking tours depart at 10 a.m. the first four Saturdays in April. The Twickenham walking tours will leave from the Confectionery Shop at Alabama Constitution Village in downtown Huntsville, and the Madison walking tours will depart from the Little Roundhouse (gazebo) in downtown Madison.
There are no rain dates for spring historic walking tours. Tours will be canceled should there be risk of lightning. However, if only a light rain occurs, attendees are encouraged to call the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center® at 1-800-Space-4-U or check-in with the tour guide at the departing location to determine the status of the tour.
“Huntsville is a unique destination. Not only are we an elite STE(A)M (Science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) destination, but we have an immense cultural history dating back to before the state’s constitution was signed here in Huntsville in 1819,” President and CEO Judy Ryals of the Huntsville/Madison County CVB explained. “These walking tours give visitors and residents alike the opportunity to explore that history, walk through beautiful historic districts, and hopefully be entertained along the way.”
Tour guides for the April walking tours include Van Brown (April 1), Jan Williams (April 8), Walt Anderson (April 15) and Teddy Powell (April 22).
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 statewide by the Alabama Tourism Department in 2003 to foster the exploration of Alabama’s history and culture, especially in downtown areas.
For those interested in getting a local’s perspective on the spring walking tours, the CVB has written a dedicated video blog post on iHeartHsv.com. Social media users are also encouraged to visit CVB social channels for other extras, such as special video previews of tour stops and any additional event announcements.
About Huntsville/Madison County CVB
The Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization which was developed in 1970 to create economic growth for Huntsville/Madison County by marketing the community as a top-of-mind convention and visitor destination. As the official city/county agency which promotes the area as a tourist destination and convention site, the CVB works with an array of hospitality industry partners to market our destination to visitors of all types.