Foley and Fairhope will be two of more than 20 Alabama towns that will host walking tours Saturday mornings during the month of April. The city touring program is organized by the Alabama Tourism …
Foley and Fairhope will be two of more than 20 Alabama towns that will host walking tours Saturday mornings during the month of April. The city touring program is organized by the Alabama Tourism Department and has been in existence for more than 20 years. Alabama is the only state in the nation to hold statewide, simultaneous walking tours.
The free walking tours, which primarily highlight historic, downtown areas are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. each Saturday in April and last about one hour.
In Foley, the tours will begin in front of the Welcome Center, located at 104 N. McKenzie Street in the heart of downtown Foley.
In Foley, the tour highlights the 1909 Railroad Depot building, the Magnolia Hotel, the Holk Building, the Holmes Hospital building and the Foley Hotel building. Other points of interest will be pointed out along the way.
In Fairhope the tours will begin at different locations each Saturday. The schedule is:
April 8 – Fairhope Beach and Shoreline – This walk on the eastern shore, once the center of Fairhope's social activities, will reveal the history of the previous eight piers, Casino, hotels, baseball field, walk-in movie theater and more. This tour begins at the Rose Garden at the Fairhope Pier.
April 15 – Section Street – Touring both sides of Section and Magnolia Streets to Greer's and back, stop along the way and talk about the buildings and their history. Learn how Fairhope developed over the years and about Single Tax in the early times. This tour begins at the Welcome Center.
April 22 – Knoll Park – Put on your best walking shoes as this tour takes you down Magnolia Street in front of many town founders' homes and some early hotels, crosses by Knoll Park and back up Fairhope Avenue to the Welcome Center.
April 29 – Fairhope Colony Cemetery – Beginning at the cemetery front gate, a walk along the roads will pass by many interesting graves. Hear some amusing stories of Fairhope's early eccentric citizens and a good explanation of the founder's politics.
Other communities participating in the 2022 Walking Tours include: Athens-Limestone, Attalla, Bayou La Batre, Birmingham, Cullman, Decatur, Elba, Enterprise, Florence, Huntsville, Madison, Mobile, Monroeville, Montgomery, Mooresville, Moulton, Pell City, Prattville, Selma, Sheffield, Springville and Tuscumbia.