Walking through history: Cullman Walking Tours begin this weekend


Tours meet at the museum steps at 10 a.m. each Saturday in April. / Drew Green

CULLMAN – While the annual Walking Tours did not kick off on April 1, the four weekend tours will begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday, April 7 on the steps of the Cullman County Museum. The best part – they’re free of charge!

If you have attended these tours before you’ll know that they are a great learning tool for history buffs, people who love stories about where certain streets, bridges, crossroads or cemeteries got their names, or people who just love walking and looking at pretty gardens decked out in spring blooms. There is something for everyone on the four April Walking Tours.

A total of 30 towns across Alabama will be on display during Saturday mornings in April as part of the Alabama Tourism Department's April Walking Tours.

Tour guides will lead the free tours through the historic districts or courthouse square areas of their hometowns. The hour-long tours will start at 10 a.m. on April 7,14, 21 and 28.

The tours are being coordinated with the Alabama Tourism Department.

“In Cullman each tour will begin at 10 a.m. on the front steps of the Cullman County Museum,” said Drew Green, museum historian, curator and first week tour guide. “This year we are tying the walks to Alabama's Bicentennial celebration.”

When asked about possible bad weather, Green stated, “The tours are rain or shine events and the only reason they would be canceled is dangerous weather.”

Those concerned about constant walking during the one-hour historical tours need not be worried as there will be frequent stops to take in the sights and listen to the stories of Cullman’s past.

“It is a slow-paced refreshing walk to learn about the fascinating history of our town. There will also be places along the way to rest,” said Green.

This year, the walking tours will be led by: first Saturday/Drew Green; second Saturday/Michael Sullins; third Saturday/Sharon Rowlette; fourth Saturday/ Greg Richter.

“Each Saturday will have a different local historian as a leader, so come every week to learn more!” said Green. “Every walk is different because the leaders and the participants bring unique insights each Saturday.”

More information about the April Walking Tours is available on the Alabama Tourism Department website at https://alabama.travel/trails/april-walking-tours#.

Locally, contact Drew Green at the Cullman County Museum, at 256-739-1258 or via email at dgreen@cullmanal.gov.

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