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All Over Old Towne – A Walking Tour of Traverse City’s Historic Old Towne Neighborhood."


June 10, July 16 & August 12 -  Starting at 9:00 AM and concluding at about 11:00 AM.  


There are wonderful tales to be told in Old Towne – what was known for 100 years simply as “the South Side.” Local author Marty MacLeod takes you back in time to rediscover this lively neighborhood, from grain and lumber mills to the iconic Wilhelm’s and Brady’s to the Pere Marquette train station and roundhouse. Along the way, she’ll introduce you to cigar-rollers and saloon keepers, car-makers and casket-makers, ice-cutters, candy-girls, and “bombshells.” It’s all part of Old Towne’s fascinating story. 


This 1.7-mile tour starts (and ends) at Perry Hannah’s statue on the NW corner of Union & Sixth Streets. The terrain is flat, but we really will be All Over Old Towne for about 2 hours, so wear comfortable shoes. Bring water if it’s hot, sunscreen if there’s a chance of sun, and lots of questions no matter the weather! The cost is $15 per person. 


We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful tour.  

Perry Hannah & His Neighbors: A Walking Tour of Sixth Street and Environs


June 24, July 15 & 22, August 5 & 19, Sept. 16 & 30, Oct. 14 - Starting at 9:30 am


This two-hour, mile-long “show & tell” encompasses twelve blocks of splendid turn-of-the-century homes, with a short detour to Central School.

With hundreds of historical photos, we cover a bit of architecture, a bunch of local events, and a whole lot of interesting folks (with just a whisper of gossip).

Join us for a whole new perspective into the lives and times of Perry Hannah and his neighbors along this stately brick street – you’ll never look at Sixth Street the same way again!


The tour begins at the Perry Hannah statue at the corner of Sixth and Union Streets. The cost is $15 per person, and limited to the first 12 people to arrive — so don’t miss out!


Oakwood Cemetery Tours

2nd & 4th Sunday through October, starting at 4pm

Cemetery walking tours meet at the main entrance of Oakwood Cemetery off of Eighth Street, directly across from the intersection of Fair Street and Eighth Street. The tour will start and finish at this location. Parking is available on either side of the entrance, up against the hedge.

No reservations are required, but please arrive by 3:45 pm for check-in and to sign the liability waiver. $15/person, with all proceeds going to the Traverse Area Historical Society.

Please note: This walking tour covers a distance of approximately 1.5 miles, and takes us over uneven surfaces over a course of 2 hours, so, please consider if this tour is appropriate for your mobility and stamina capabilities. Additionally, while kid-friendly, some children have difficulty staying interested for the duration. You are the best judge of the appropriateness of this tour for the children in your lives.

In case of inclement weather, please check our Facebook page to see if the event has been canceled. We do our best to have any cancellation notice posted at least 1 hour prior to the tour.

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