Walking tours continue

Published 11:24 am Monday, April 16, 2012

Chamber director Sheryl Vickery hosted April’s first walking tour, featuring local churches, Saturday.

Walking tours of Atmore continued Saturday at 10 a.m. with the second of four installments throughout the month of April.

Saturday’s tour, led by Nancy Helton, featured historic Atmore buildings including the Watson Cabin, the Peavy-Webb building, the Cornelia Elmore Library/Boy Scout hut and the Atmore YMCA building.

The Atmore tours, which are part of  the Alabama Travel Department’s statewide program, are just one of around 20 tours that take place simultaneously in towns and cities across Alabama.

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Atmore Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheryl Vickery said the tours are always informative and fun.

“This is the third year we’ve done this and every year it gets a little more popular,” Vickery said.

She added that tours of different parts of Atmore will become a regular part of the chamber’s efforts to draw people to the area in 2012.

“It’s a good thing to have,” she said. “We will be doing these tours throughout the year so this is good practice for us.”

Vickery said she was particularly excited about Saturday’s stop at the YMCA building, which once housed Escambia County High School – Alabama’s oldest county high school.

“It’s going to fun,” she said. “I’ve got some old annuals from the 40s and the 50s people can look at it. I’m excited about it.”

The walking tours will continue Saturday, April 21 with a tour of homes by Joan Hackman and will conclude Saturday, April 28 with a tour of Williams Station Cemetery by Nancy Karrick.

Vickery said she is hoping for a good turnout for the remainder of the tours, hopefully even including visitors from out of town.

“I hope we have a good crowd,” she said. “This is an ongoing thing. I’m excited when people come in and learn about our town.”

All tours begin at 10 a.m. and last approximately one hour.