Historic Neighborhood Walking Tours

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Tours last approximately two hours. If the weather looks threatening, call 614-221-0227 for tour status an hour before the start time. We typically proceed if it’s light rain and no thunder/lightening. Wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella, if needed, and/or a water bottle!

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Walking Tour & Taste of Old Oaks
Saturday, June 10
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
btn_buynow_SM$10 Members/$15 Non-Members

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As Columbus grew, public transportation in the form of electric cars or trams on tracks began to shape the “new” 1890s neighborhoods. Old Oaks is a magnificent example of how new emerging architectural styles (and early garages) began to conquer the rural nature of the East Side. Houses from the Underground Railroad and early farm houses like the one belonging to the (Captain Eddie) Rickenbacker family became surrounded by Prairie-style, Arts & Crafts, and Four Square houses. New people like those associated with the families of OSU legends Jack Nicklaus and Chic Harley moved in. Changed by post World War II growth and the development of interstate highways, this seldom-seen neighborhood is thriving with great diversity and creativity. 

Our walking tour begins at the new and award-winning Driving Park Library Branch, 1422 E. Livingston Ave.,  and winds through the neighborhood with visits to homes and gardens open just for us. The tour will end at Boulevard Blast, a fun neighborhood celebration along Wilson Avenue with friendly neighbors, live music, food and a beer garden.

Your ticket purchase supports Columbus Landmarks efforts to advocate for historic preservation and quality new design, ensuring landmarks in the future. A portion of net tour proceeds will go to the Old Oaks Civic Association for the future construction of a gazebo on Wilson.