Open Houses and Walking tour back by popular demand Oct. 29th
Two guided walking tours of the historic districts of Waterville will be offered for the last time this year, along with open houses at the Robbins House and Sargent HouseMuseums and Wakeman Hall on Saturday, October 29.
The Downtown Tour meets on the Robbins House porch, 114 South River Road, at 9 a.m. It will focus on the history of Waterville as a river town prior to the opening of the canal in 1843. In about an hour walkers should be back to the starting point in time to visit the 1838 Robbins House and the 1834 Sargent House Museum next door, which will be open from 9 a.m. until noon.
The Uptown Tour will meet on the front porch of Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Road at 11 a.m. Included is a visit inside to view the diorama of Waterville in 1903 to better appreciate the location and appearance of the Miami and Erie Canal, followed with a walking tour of Waterville's "new business district" which grew on Third Street with the opening of the canal. After returning to Wakeman Hall, a visit will be provided to the staged general store in the front window as well as a tour of the Waterville Historical Society Archives on the second floor. The archives will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and includes a great deal of information about the Waterville area and its families.