Saturdays: July 26th, August 2nd, August 9th and August 16th

Four Weekend Walks

Looking at aspects of Worcester's rise to prominence in the 19th and early-20th centuries

Consecutive Saturdays at 10:00 am
Rain Dates: Sunday at 4:00 pm

No charge for Preservation Worcester members
$5.00 per tour for non-members

Reservations are suggested, but not required.  To register, call 508-754-8760 or email info@preservationworcester.org.

 

       From Canal to Railroads

Learn how new transportation systems sparked the transformation of Worcester from a small county seat to a wealthy industrial city. Learn about the Blackstone Canal and the network of railroads that rendered it obsolete: who built them, how they changed Worcester, and what remains of them.

July 26th

Meet on Temple Street across from St. John’s Church Suggested parking: Union Station Garage (tour ends at Union Station) 

10:00 am

     Crown Hill and the Greek Revival Style

Examine the history and architecture of important buildings centered in a two-block area adjacent to Lincoln Square. Discover the legacy of the Salisbury family, which was so important to the development of parks, residential areas, and cultural and educational institutions in this part of the city.

 August 2nd

Meet at the corner of
Pleasant and Oxford Streets
 

10:00 am

   Lincoln Square and the Salisbury Legacy

Examine the history and architecture of important buildings centered in a two-block area adjacent to Lincoln Square. Discover the legacy of the Salisbury family, which was so important to the development of parks, residential areas, and cultural and educational institutions in this part of the city.

August 9th

Meet in the Highland Street parking lot near
Salisbury Mansion  


10:00 am


Steeples, Towers, and Arches

Discover the history and architecture of several churches and schools on the westerly ridge overlooking Main Street.   See examples of successful preservation, restoration after fire, and preservation-sensitive adaptive re-use, as well as some losses to demolition.

 August 16th

Meet on
Chatham Street near   St. Paul’s Cathedral

 

10:00 am

 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Travel back in time and discover sites that evoke the Worcester of 1774 with a one-and-a-half-hour guided bus tour presented by Preservation Worcester as part of the Worcester Revolution of 1774 event on Sunday, September 7th.

Imagining Revolutionary Era Worcester:

Timothy Bigelow, the Salisburys, Paines, and the Worcester County Court House

   

Col. Timothy Bigelow Monument

 

Details to come.


The tour begins and ends at Preservation Worcester, 10 Cedar Street, Worcester
(parking is available across the street and on Cedar Street)

In September of 1774, when the closing of the Worcester County Court House ousted British rule forever, Worcester looked nothing like it does today.  Let this tour introduce you to historical sites and figures of the period (both famous and little known) and recreate in your mind’s eye the spirit of that long-ago era.

Visit the monument to Revolutionary Patriot Timothy Bigelow on Worcester Common.  See the site of the 1774 ousting of Crown-appointed officials from the Worcester County Court House.  View the reconstructed building where those historic events took place. Visit the Georgian style home of Patriot Stephen Salisbury.  View the ample Paine farmhouse, “The Oaks,” which Loyalist Judge Timothy Paine was building at the time of the 1774 closing of the courts.  Enjoy lemonade and cookies served by the Daughters of the American Revolution while visiting its gardens and grounds.  Finally, at Rural Cemetery, view the Paine and Salisbury family plots and the tomb of Patriot Printer, Isaiah Thomas.

 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Save the Date... Preservation Worcester will be holding its annual Holiday Stroll on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from Noon to 5:00PM with a cocktail reception to follow.  This event is a season favorite and plans are already underway to make it better than ever.

** Information is subject to change without notice.