Historic walking tour set for today

Published 4:44 pm Friday, June 3, 2011

Atmore residents can take a walk this morning and learn more about the history of the community.

Atmore is one of 26 towns across the state participating in a statewide walking tours program each Saturday morning in June. The one-hour tours, which begin at 10 a.m., are coordinated through the Atmore Chamber of Commerce.

Today’s walk, a tour of historical buildings guided by Nancy Helton, begins at Heritage Park. The tour will include three structures in the park, the Watson cabin (built about 1840 in Wilcox County), the Peavy-Webb building (built about 1897), the Boy Scout Hut (built about 1939-40) and the Atmore YMCA (original Escambia County High School (built about 1908).

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On June 11, the tour will be of area churches and on June 18 the tour will be of area homes.

Sheryl Vickery, director of the Atmore Chamber of Commerce, said the guide will feature the architecture of the homes, and they will not go inside the buildings.

Also that day, the chamber will host a “Market in the Park” at the park at First National Bank and Trust from 7:30 until 11 a.m.

“We plan on having everything from flowers to fresh produce,” Vickery said. “We will have space for the farmers to bring their produce and network with each other. Not only will we have vegetables, but we plan on having music, activities and a information desk with plenty of coffee. We will also have fresh honey and syrup. The whole event will be family-oriented with children’s activities planned.”

The “Market in the Park” will also be held Saturday, June 25. On the same day the walking tour will continue with a walk in downtown Atmore.

For more information, call Atmore Chamber of Commerce at 368-3305.