Jamestown Walking Tours

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The Fenton History Center leads walking tours of Jamestown throughout the summer and fall. The schedule for 2015 is the following.
The Jamestown’s Industrial Past tour teaches about the original industry in Jamestown on the Fenton History Center’s walking tour. The tour will be near the Chadakoin River and the early industrial area of downtown Jamestown. Walkers will learn about the woolen mills, the railroad, the sawmills and the people who made it happen. Former Fenton Board of Trustee and Jamestown Community College Assistant Professor of History, Traci Langworthy, will lead the tour. The tour will begin and end at the Fenton History Center parking lot. The tour is approximately 2 1/2 hours long. It is held August 1 and 29.
The Lakeview Ave. Neighborhood tour teaches about the upper class families that lived on the street, the changes over the years and what makes it the stately streetscape it is today. What was life like during the heyday of the “most beautiful street in Jamestown”? Guests are asked to arrive by 12:45 PM at the Lake View Cemetery office lawn, corner of Lakeview Ave. and Buffalo St. The tour is approximately 2 hours long and will end back at the Cemetery office. The tour leaders are former Trustees Sam Genco, Lake View Cemetery Superintendent and Robert Black, Architect. The tour will be held August 8 and September 5.
The Riverwalk tour is about the Chadakoin River, Jamestown’s original economic engine. All are welcome to join Fenton History Center director Joni Blackman or former Trustee Mat Hagberg on the tour along the Chadakoin to learn about the changes over the past two hundred years. Walkers will learn about the power plant, the woolen mills, the railroad, the sawmills and the people who made it happen. The tour will begin and end at the Fenton History Center parking lot. The tour is approximately 1 1/2 hours long. The tour will be held July 25, August 22 and September 12.
The Jamestown’s Hidden Alleys tour teaches about five of Jamestown’s earliest alleys. Alleys have been hidden in the background of Jamestown’s everyday business from the village’s beginning. What was their purpose? How did they get their names? What are they used for now? Tour leaders are former Trustee Julie Hull or current Trustee Cynthia Rodgers. Learn the answers to these questions and much more on the tour. The tour is approximately 1 1/2 hours long. The tour is offered August 15, and September 26.
All tours, except for the Lakeview Ave. tour, begin at 1 PM at the Fenton History Center in the Gift Shop. The Lakeview Ave. Tour begins at 12:45 PM at the corner of Lakeview Ave. and Buffalo St. on the lawn of the Lake View Cemetery office (907 Lakeview Ave.). Please dress appropriately for the weather. The tours will cancel with heavy rain. The cost is $10 for prospective members and $5 for Fenton History Center members. Memberships are available prior to each tour. Please check in and pay in the Gift Shop prior to the 1 PM start time. For more information visit www.fentonhistorycenter.org or call 716-664-6256.