Jamestown Summer Walking Tour Schedule

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This popular postcard illustrates how many churches were in Jamestown at the turn of the century. There are seven churches pictures. Learn about them and many others during the Downtown Jamestown Churches: Then and Now tour on Saturday, June 25.
This popular postcard illustrates how many churches were in Jamestown at the turn of the century. There are seven churches pictures. Learn about them and many others during the Downtown Jamestown Churches: Then and Now tour on Saturday, June 25.
This popular postcard illustrates how many churches were in Jamestown at the turn of the century. There are seven churches pictures. Learn about them and many others during the Downtown Jamestown Churches: Then and Now tour on Saturday, June 25.

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Fenton History Center

The Fenton History Center is offering walking tours throughout the city this summer. Each Saturday at 1 PM walkers can learn about the history and architecture of the downtown churches, past and present, or the south side neighborhood around the Fenton Mansion or the Northside or the Riverwalk along the Chadakoin River.

The tours are offered on a rotating basis. All the tours, except for the Northside tour begin at the Fenton Mansion. The Northside tour begins at the Lake View Cemetery office. The fee is $10 for potential members and $5 for Fenton History Center members. Children up to age 18 are free with a paying adult (limit 2 children per adult).

Jamestown in the mid-1800s to early 1900s was a mix of neighborhoods and thriving businesses. The South side Tour explores the beauty and majesty of an era gone by in the south side neighborhoods near Forest Ave. Walkers will learn about the early businesses and people who thrived there. Tour guides are Fenton Trustees Dr. Thomas Greer, Clarence Carlson and Jamestown Community College Assistant History Professor Traci Langworthy. The tour is approximately 2 hours long and will end back at the Fenton History Center. The South side Tour is offered July 9, August 6, & September 3.

The Northside: the Lakeview Loop tour is an informative mixture of architecture and history, with a number of significant north side homes and families featured. The tour guides will weave the historical development of the Lakeview and Prendergast Avenue area into the present-day fabric of structures and streetscapes found along this fascinating slice of one of Jamestown’s prominent residential neighborhoods. The tour is approximately 2 hours long and will end back at the Cemetery office. The tour leaders are Sam Genco, Lake View Cemetery Superintendent, Karen Livsey, Fenton History Center Archivist & Cindy Rodgers, Fenton History Center Trustee. The Northside Tour is offered July 16, August 13, and September 10.

The Riverwalk Tour is along the Chadakoin River. The Chadakoin River is Jamestown’s original economic engine. All are welcome to join Fenton History Center director Joni Blackman and Fenton member and former Trustee Mat Hagberg to learn about the changes over the past two hundred years. Walkers will learn about the people and activities that lead up to the Municipal power plant, the woolen mills, the railroad, and sawmills. The tour is approximately 1 1/2 hours long and are offered July 30 and August 27.

The new tour is of Jamestown’s Downtown Churches: Then and Now. Walkers will learn about the important role Jamestown’s downtown churches have played in the City’s development. From St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to the First Congregational Church, and the dozen in between – all have a story to tell. While many are gone, their influence can still be seen in the Jamestown community. The 2 hour tour will be led by Fenton director Joni Blackman or Museum teacher and former Trustee Julie Hull on June 25, July 23, and August 20.

Visit www.fentonhistorycenter.org or call 664-6256 for more information.