Hilliard Northwest News

Walking tour to showcase local history

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Hilliard residents can learn about the city's history on walking tours this weekend in Old Hilliard.

The tours are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Northwest Franklin County Historical Society docents will lead groups of up to 15 people on walking tours that will depart every 20 minutes from the historical society's library, 5274 Norwich St.

Each tour will last about 75 minutes and include landmark locations in Old Hilliard. New this year are tours of Avery Masonic Lodge, once the consolidated school for the village of Hilliard; and Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church, which was one of the earliest congregational churches in Hilliard.

"Hilliard is rich in history and much is still in existence today," said Randy Smith, president of the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society. "The historic walk is a great way to see history up close and have fun doing it."

In addition to viewing landmarks, docents will share information about the plurality of the city's original name of "Hilliards," the operation of the city's first lumberyard, the first bank robbery in the city's history, and construction of the area's newest landmark, First Responders Park.

"We hope people come out to learn more about the city," said Christy Clark, executive director of Destination Hilliard. "Our docents have a lot of human-interest stories, too, about where things once were and things that occurred there."

Visitors with smartphones can scan QR codes at many locations to launch a three-minute video that Hilliard students made last year.

Tickets are required and may be purchased in advance by calling the historical society at 614-876-5880. Tickets also are available the day of the tour.

Tickets are $6 for individuals, $10 for couples and $12 for families. Children younger than 12 will not require a ticket.

Tickets include a guided tour, a map of tour locations, souvenirs and refreshments.

The event will held regardless of weather conditions and participants are encouraged to dress accordingly, including comfortable walking shoes.

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