History enthusiasts are expected to converge on the Uptown Marysville Historic District on Saturday, May 9, for the "Take a Step Back in Time" walking tour.

History enthusiasts are expected to converge on the Uptown Marysville Historic District on Saturday, May 9, for the "Take a Step Back in Time" walking tour.

"It is being held in conjunction with National Tourism and Preservation Month," said Christy Clark, Union County Chamber of Commerce public relations and tourism director. "Our hopes are that we will start with this event in Marysville and expand into Plain City and Richwood and do tours their in 2010."

The first of two tours begins at 9:30 a.m. May 9 at the Union County Chamber of Commerce office, 227 E. Fifth St.

Sue Kienbaum of the Marysville Public Library will kick off the event with "Marysville Before Fast Food and Strip Malls," a 30-minute pictorial presentation showing Old Marysville as it existed before the development boom.

Each participant will then be given a historical walking tour booklet and join Bo Johnstone of the Union County Historical Society for a one-hour guided walk through Uptown Marysville.

"He will talk about the historic buildings, what was once there, take a look at the architecture and give them a little bit of history about each of the buildings," Clark said.

Following the walk through the uptown historic district, the group will go to the Union County Historical Society office at 246 W. Sixth St., where participants can tour the main office, annex and the restored log cabin that was relocated there from the Nestle property.

Clark said that in addition to the educational nature of the walking tour, it should be a boost for uptown restaurants and businesses.

"Of course, we're encouraging anyone who is on the tour to stay in the uptown area for lunch and also to shop there," she said.

Reservations for the tour are limited. Anyone interested in more information about the tour can contact Clark at (937) 642-6279 or via e-mail at cclark@unioncounty.org.

For those unable to attend the event but interested in conducting their own self-guided tour, copies of the walking tour booklet are available for $2 each at the chamber office.

"The books have a lot of detail and information about the buildings," Clark said. "There is a map and each building is numbered, so it's very easy to follow."