History enthusiasts will have a chance to take a walk through Olde North Columbus next weekend as part of Columbus Landmarks Foundation's annual spring walking tours.

History enthusiasts will have a chance to take a walk through Olde North Columbus next weekend as part of Columbus Landmarks Foundation's annual spring walking tours.

The two-hour tour will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the North High School parking lot. The cost is $15, or $7 for Landmarks Foundation members.

During the tour, walkers will learn about the former town of Olde North Columbus, which was founded in the 1830s and annexed into the city of Columbus in the late 1800s.

The tour will take walkers through south Clintonville and the northern portion of the University District, highlighting historic buildings and homes and architectural features.

Tour guides will share stories about Olde North Columbus families and businesses, said Doreen Uhas-Sauer, education chair for the Landmarks Foundation.

"It's really kind of a shared history of the town that was there," Uhas-Sauer said. "There's some fascinating stories."

For example, some may not know that a Civil War camp once graced the ravine behind the Tim Horton's, and relics of the war camp can be found on both sides of the ravine today, Uhas-Sauer said.

Speakeasies thrived in the area during prohibition, she said, and in the University District, neighborhood bars were always a prominent feature.

Tour guides also will look to dispel popular myths about the history of Olde North Columbus, Uhas-Sauer said.

This year's tour through Olde North Columbus will be the first in the history of the Landmark Foundation's walking tours, Uhas-Sauer said, though at one time, the neighborhood used to host Olde North Columbus Days, which encouraged people to come out with photos and stories of life in the town.

Other neighborhoods highlighted by this year's walking tours include: German Village on June 6, Irish Village on June 7 and Italian Village on June 20.

Tickets for the tours can be purchased in advance by calling (614) 221-4508. They also will be available the days of the tours.

For more information about the tours, visit www.columbuslandmarks.org.

jnesbitt@thisweeknews.com