Written by: Heather Heuman, Owner/Editor
Last Walking Tour of 2014 is
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Meet in front of Heartland Whole Life on the Square in downtown Elizabethtown.
(it’s each Thursday through September)
I had the opportunity to head downtown with my family for the Charles W. Logsdon Historic Downtown Walking Tour. We grabbed a stroller just in case my three-year-old needed to take a break on his little legs and to lighten the load of our arms. After we found a parking spot conveniently located on the public square, we headed over to the store front of Heartland Wholelife. There were about 15-20 that began to gather as we were all a few minutes early enjoying the warm summer night. The cost of the tour is FREE and it begins at 7:00pm. That is always a plus for a family of five.
We were greeted by this historical figure.
They mention at the beginning of the tour that it is handicap accessible and stroller-friendly. The tour itself lasts about one hour, starts on the public square and then ends back at the square.
The crowd walked along listening carefully of all the details of the beginnings of Elizabethtown.
The speakers do a great job of speaking up so that hearing what they were saying wasn’t a problem and allowed for even the young kids in my family (ages 3,4 and 8) to hear the details, songs and more.
A stop at The Brown-Pusey House.
We did enter the Brown-Pusey house and ventured into the back gardens. We simply chose to leave our stroller outside and come back and get it at a different point. For a family that prefers to keep your stroller, you could either lift it up with assistance or walk around the side, and enter the gardens that way.
Once we were in the back gardens we had the great surprise of seeing a beautiful lady in history sing us a little song amongst the green trees. Who was she? Well, you’ll just have to come along on the tour and find out.
And the tour continued, capturing the crowd, making us laugh, and helping make history come alive.
I found it quite interesting to hear, that in this very area, there was a surprising number of people that had actually voted for Abraham Lincoln when he was elected President. How many? Well, come find out.
The actors graciously shake hands and allow for photos at the end of the tour.
There are more actors in the walking tour that provide great historical entertainment that aren’t in the photos above. You would be well served if you were to come out to see this walking tour. All of the actors are volunteers, giving of their own time and service for the continued stories of how Elizabethtown was in years of the past, how many famous (or infamous) people passed through along their own journeys, and all that truly shouldn’t be forgotten.
The script of the tour was written by Charles Logsdon and Bob Beimdick, and first performed in 1988. Today, if you come to the tour, you’ll hear that same original script. Tours start early June, are currently underway through the summer and will go through September. Although this is a completely free event, donations are welcome. I may have been busy with my three kids, but I didn’t see an official collection spot for donations. I’d definitely go back again and this is perfect for people of all ages, to include children. Snacks always help me get through something if I’m in a pinch.
Twenty Words or Less: We’d go again in a heartbeat. Plus it’s something fun to consider when out of town guests visit.
Location: The tour begins in front of the store Town & Country Clothing, located on the Public Square,Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Info. If you would like more information, please call 270-982-2209.