Demopolis walking tours wrapping up

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Time is running out to find out the history of downtown Demopolis through the rich and telling Saturday Walking Tours, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. This Saturday, July 2, will be the last chance for this year.

“The tours are part of a six-week series initiated by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel to explore the historical and cultural aspects of cities and towns across the state,” Kelly Smith with the Demopolis Chamber of Commerce, said.

Several cities across the state are hosting walking tours of their town, which feature sites of interest and much of the history and folklore that surround those sites.

The Demopolis tours, led by local leaders, have a different flair each week thanks to the constant rotation of tour guides.

“Each one is given from a different perspective,” Smith explained. “Each week we have a different tour guide who adds their own memories and folklore to the tour. We’ve had several people come back and many who have come back from last year’s tours.”

Smith said even Demopolis natives have found the tours interesting, because each one is given by a different guide, so each one is unique.

The tours begin at City Hall at 10 a.m. and the guides take guests around the downtown area, pointing out areas of interest and sharing stories and even a little folklore about Demopolis.

Smith said the tours have been well attended for what they are intended for.

“The crowds haven’t been huge, but they’re not meant to be,” she said. “They’re meant to be a personal, almost one-on-one kind of thing.”

Each tour lasts an hour and allows tourists and long-time residents a chance to learn more about the historic downtown area. The route covers the downtown historic district and reveals the history of Demopolis.

The tours are free to the public.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 289-0270.