Open House and Walking Tours on October 21, 2017
Two guided walking tours of Waterville will be offered for the last time this year on Saturday, October 21. The Downtown Tour begins at 9 a.m. at the Robbins House Museum, 114 South River Road and focuses on the historic area of Waterville prior to the opening of the Miami and Erie Canal. The Uptown Tour begins at 11 a.m. at Wakeman Hall, 401 Farnsworth Road and includes the "new business district" of Third Street which grew with the opening of the canal in 1843. Prior to the walk, visitors may view the diorama of Waterville in 1903 inside Wakeman Hall to better understand the location and appearance of the canal.
The first walk should be completed in time for a visit to the 1838 Robbins House and the circa 1834 Sargent House Museum next door. This will be the last opportunity to view the nostalgic display of artifacts and photos of the old Waterville School in the Robbins House. Both house museums will be open until noon. The rare 1849 sampler made by 10-year-old Rowena Sargent is on display in her family home.
Following the Uptown Tour a visit will be provided to the staged general store in the front window of Wakeman Hall. as well as a tour of the archives on the second floor. The archives will remain open until 2 p.m and includes a great deal of information about the Waterville area and its families.
Both the walking tours and admittance to the museums are free, with a $1 donation requested for the walking tour brochure