April Walking Tours begin with walk through 1873-1900

Michael Sullins led the first April Walking Tour of the season in Cullman on Saturday, April 1, 2023. (Tiffany McKoy for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – This year’s April Walking Tours series kicked off at the Cullman County Museum on Saturday, April 1, with guide Michael Sullins leading the way.

Participants met on the steps of the Cullman County Museum, where Sullins opened the tour with a speech from George Parker, a former mayor of Cullman. Sullins’ tour focused on 1873-1900 and took place along First Avenue, from the Festhalle south to the Mary Carter Store.  

Sullins explained that what is now First Avenue used to be the “hub” of town during the time period. He went into detail about all the former buildings and locations from the era and offered funny stories about Cullman’s history. Sullins’ passion for the topic brought the past to life for tour participants.  

Tours will take place every Saturday in April with different guides. This Saturday, April 8, will feature local author Ben Johnson South, followed by Cullman County Museum Director Drew Green on April 22 and Dr. Bill Peinhardt on April 29.

April Walking Tours, which are free, begin at 10 a.m. on the front steps of the museum. These are rain-or-shine events, and the museum will offer free admission each Saturday in April as well. Each Saturday’s tour leader will choose the route and topics, so every tour will be different.

More information about the April Walking Tours is available at https://tourism.alabama.gov/2022/03/scores-of-free-walking-tours-offered-across-alabama-on-saturdays-in-april.

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