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2019 Summer Tours

Explore the distinctiveness and character of Columbus and its neighborhoods on tours led by experts who have the uncanny ability of examining and contextualizing the architecture, history and cultural richness of the city – while having fun! Choose from a menu featuring some old favorites and new experiences. Hurry for tickets – tours are limited and fill up quickly. There are more summer tours to come, so check back soon! Your ticket purchase supports the work of Columbus Landmarks as we advocate for historic preservation and design excellence. Please note that beginning July 1, Columbus is starting a 5% arts and culture fee on tickets and admissions to provide critically needed, public funding to sustain nonprofit arts organizations in Columbus like ours. Thank you!

Old North Columbus Tavern Tour

Thursday, June 20 at 6:30pm
$20 Members/$25 Non-Members

Funny how the founder of North Columbus in the 1840s was named “Beers" … David Beers to be exact. Join us to explore this historic crossroads where Civil War soldiers from Camp Thomas once drank; Welsh blacksmiths quenched their thirst; Prohibition shut down nine speakeasies; Red Men assembled for 100 years; and Pat Murnan, Columbus' only true gangster, operated a casino. This is a guided walking tavern tour with three stops where you will have the opportunity to order a drink (on you), enjoy light snacks (on us), and hear tales of stage coach drivers, Army deserters, streetcar motormen, lady undertakers, poets, flappers and captives … all along a short stretch of interesting and well-preserved 19th century buildings. Tour will be led by Doreen Uhas Sauer and Tom Betti, co-authors of Historic Columbus Taverns.

Sellsville Walking Tour

Saturday, June 22 at 10am
$10 Members/$15 Non-Members

Where the elephants roamed: Sellsville is one of our city’s most interesting and misunderstood areas. Join us for a walking tour of the site that once was the winter headquarters of the Sells Circus, one of America’s largest circuses. The evolution of this neighborhood – from Weisheimer Mill to the Lennox Town Center – will be explored. You will gain an understanding of the rich tapestry that includes the township, railroads, elephant tamers, early African American-owned farms, river baptisms, football parking wars, and more. Conrade Hinds, author of the recently released Lost Circuses of Ohio and past Columbus Landmarks Trustee, will join Doreen Uhas Sauer to help lead the tour. Copies of the book will be available.

CityWalk Night Hawk Tour

Saturdays, June 22 & July 27 at 7pm
$10 Members/$15 Non-Members

Join us for an evening stroll along the Civic Center and Scioto Mile to admire the classical features of our beautiful riverfront. The devastating Great Flood of 1913 gave rise to iconic architecture and we’ll explore the public art and stories that make up the heart of Columbus. Tour is approximately 90 minutes and will be co-led by Doreen Uhas Sauer and Tom Betti, authors of local history books including Historic Hotels of Columbus, Historic Columbus Taverns, and Columbus Neighborhoods. Following the tour, Tom and Doreen will stop for a drink nearby and you are welcome to join them to continue the conversation! Drinks are on your own and not included in ticket price.

Hungarian Village Walking Tour

Saturday, July 20 at 10am
$10 Members/$15 Non-Members

This annual walking tour features a stroll through a neighborhood long associated with families who worked at factories of the Parsons Avenue area, including Buckeye Steel and Bonney-Floyd, and the rich cultural traditions of this Hungarian community. The tour is a favorite not only because it is led by historian Doreen Uhas Sauer, but because it ends at the Taste of Hungary Festival hosted by the Hungarian Cultural Association of Columbus at St. Ladislas Church, 277 Reeb Ave. – where the walking tour begins and ends, just in time for cabbage rolls!

Back Alley Tavern Tour

Tuesday, July 23 6:30-9pm
$20 members/$25 non-members

Which came first—the street or the alley? If you were rich, the street; if you were poor, the alley. Alleys were once a dumping ground, but what a difference 100 years makes! Downtown alleys have special uses, regulations, design, and charm within the urban fabric. In addition to maintaining the pedestrian scale of architecture, they are home to innovative uses, little known histories, and charming watering holes.Drinks are on your own tab, but we'll provide a few snacks and sparkling narration along the way.

Tour will be led by Doreen Uhas Sauer and Tom Betti, co-authors of Historic Columbus Taverns. Your ticket purchase supports the work of Columbus Landmarks as we advocate for historic preservation and design excellence. We thank you!

Summer Walk at Green Lawn Cemetery

Sunday, July 28 at 2pm
$10 Members/$15 Non-Members

Columbus Landmarks and Friends of Green Lawn Cemetery together offer seasonal tours of Columbus' preeminent Victorian cemetery (1848). The summer walk will focus on mausoleum architecture, including the 1920 Hayden Mausoleum that is featured on the 2019 Most Endangered Sites List, as well as cemetery symbolism, history and culture. Tour begins at Huntington Chapel located near the center of the cemetery. The tour will be led by Randy Rogers, President and Executive Director of Green Lawn Cemetery Association, who is a naturalist, and Doreen Uhas Sauer, Green Lawn Trustee, past Columbus Landmarks Trustee, and local historian. Tour proceeds benefit restoration efforts at Green Lawn and Columbus Landmarks' efforts to advocate for historic preservation and design excellence. We thank you for your support!