Historic Athens announces its 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 2020, 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.

  1. Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Linnentown
    Sunday, September 12 at 2pm
    Tour guides: Hattie Thomas Whitehead and Bobby Crook  https://historicathens.ticketspice.com/2021-heritage-walk-linnentown
  2. 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
  3. Hallowed Ground at the University of Georgia
    Sunday, September 19 at 2pm
    Tour guide: Scott Nesbit
  4. Queer Space: Athens, Georgia (two tours offered)
    Sunday, October 3 at 2pm and Sunday, November 21 at 2pm
    Tour guide: Caroline Caden 
  5. Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Morristown
    Sunday, October 17 at 2pm 
    Tour guide: Steve Armour 
  6. Historic African American Neighborhoods of Athens: Newtown 
    Saturday October 23 at 10am
    Tour guide: Irene Gilree https://historicathens.ticketspice.com/2021-heritage-walk-newtown
  7. Mill Village in the Boulevard National Register District
    Sunday, October 31 at 2pm
    Tour guide: Mary Conley
  8. 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 https://historicathens.ticketspice.com/2021-heritage-walk-oconee-hill-cemetery-1
  9. A Royal Tour of King Avenue: from Cobbham to Cathedral Pines
    Sunday, November 14 at 2pm
    Tour guide: Amy Andrews

Most of the tours last approximately two hours. Tickets are $12 for Historic Athens members and $15 for non-members. To register, visit https://www.facebook.com/historicathens.

For more information, contact Amy Andrews at 706-248-6898 or aandrews2002@hotmail.com.

Founded in 1967, Historic Athens is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to be a proactive force in developing community-wide understanding of the value of historic buildings, neighborhoods and heritage.