Huntingdon’s 4 and More Cultural District under the umbrella of Huntingdon Landmarks, Inc. will once again hold a series of nine Thursday morning walking tours showcasing different aspects of historic downtown Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Each tour begins at 10:00 AM on Thursday mornings at Merchants Park on the corner of 6th and Penn Streets in downtown Huntingdon. Convenient free parking is available in municipal lots across the street from the park.
The 4 and More Cultural District Summer walking tour series commences on Thursday, June 20th with a tour following the story of Gen. William McAlevy’s role in Huntingdon and American history. McAlevy led troops as a Colonel in the Revolutionary War, after which he was promoted to Brigadier General. An outspoken advocate, the General went on to lead a rebellion in Huntingdon against the ratification of the US Constitution. The tour will be led by Huntingdon Landmarks board member, Matt Price.
The walking tour series continues on Thursday, June 27th with a tour exploring the lives and legacies of some of the remarkable women in Huntingdon’s history and their prominent role in getting American women the right to vote. On June 24, 1919, Pennsylvania voted in favor of the Nineteenth Amendment. By August of 1920, 36 states (including Pennsylvania) approved the Amendment, making women’s suffrage legal all across the country. The tour celebrating the centennial of Pennsylvania’s landmark ratification will be guided by local history buff, April Feagley.
Thursday, July 4th will feature a tour of Huntingdon’s downtown treescape. Guide April Feagley of Juniata College will lead the tour showcasing the urban forestry initiatives that have led Huntingdon to be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA for more than 20 consecutive years.
The 4 and More Cultural District Summer walking tour series continues on Thursday, July 11th with a tour of the ecology of the Juniata River watershed. Guide Logan Stenger of the Huntingdon County Conservation District will lead the tour showcasing what lives in and around the waters of the Juniata River basin.
The tour series continues on Thursday, July 18th with a tour of Huntingdon’s downtown gardens. Guide Tom Scornavacca, a well-known local gardener will lead the tour showcasing the variety of plantings in downtown Huntingdon.
On Thursday, July 25th a tour of public art installations in Huntingdon will be led by John Kearns of the Huntingdon County Arts Council. The tour will showcase the variety of murals and monuments in downtown Huntingdon.
Thursday, August 1st, brings a tour of the contributions of volunteers to past and present downtown Huntingdon. Guide Matt Price of Huntingdon Landmarks will lead the tour showcasing Eagle Scout projects, planters, gardens and more that were and are the brainchildren of volunteers of all ages.
The series continues on Thursday, August 8th with a wellness walk through downtown Huntingdon. Guides and practitioners from the Huntingdon Health and Wellness Association will lead the tour showcasing ways to enhance your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
The 4 and More Cultural District Summer walking tour series concludes Thursday, August 15th with a scavenger hunt of downtown Huntingdon’s architecture. Guide Matt Price of Huntingdon Landmarks, Inc. will lead the tour showcasing the architecture of downtown Huntingdon buildings. On each block during the tour, participants will be encouraged to find the actual elements within the streetscape shown in photographs.
All of the walking tours are free and open to the public, however donations are willingly accepted. The tours happen rain or shine.