Hidden History Tours
Come join your friends and neighbors on discovery tours of the Washington & Hill St. neighborhood on Saturday, June 1st from 1-4 pm. Uncover the unexpected, the hidden, the thought-provoking and/or interesting stories of the homes and street corners that we pass by every day. Choose a themed tour when convenient for you, or just come by and share stories about your home or the neighborhood!
All tours start from the porch at 608 W. Washington and are 1 hour in length. Rain date: Sunday, June 2nd. All ages welcome.
1:15 – Architecture Tour: A Tale of Two Stories – Most of the residences in our neighborhood have two or more stories, both architecturally and for the people living in them. Come learn about the features of many neighborhood homes and the interesting people who have lived in them.
1:45 – Immigrant and Social History Tour: Historical Diverse, Increasingly Unequal? Learn about the history of Champaign’s first, and most long-standing, integrated neighborhood (the Sesquicentennial and surroundings) and how the area is at risk of following national trends of economic, racial and social polarization.
2:15 – Weird History Tour: Strange but True! Have you ever wondered if there are any haunted houses in the neighborhood? What about famous, infamous or eccentric residents? Find out juicy tidbits like where the local speakeasy may have been, where you could buy a jar of pickles, and the secrets of political meetings in the billiard room at the Hotel Tilden Hall on Hill St. You will never see our neighborhood in the same way again!
2:30 -4 pm – Share your stories and history on the front porch! (snacks and lemonade provided).
PLUS: Fill out a quiz testing your new found knowledge and win a prize!
This event is organized by the Washington Street Neighborhood Association, with additional support from The Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA).
Want to help out? They will need help with:
* “staffing” the front porch at 608 W. Washington (greeting tour guests, replenishing snacks, announcing tour departures)
* snacks (providing lemonade, cookies, or something similar),
* printing the brochure,
* taking notes ( ), and
* publicizing the tour