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 Walking Tour Focusing on Historic Structures

May 14, 2008 - Lavish arches, fluted wooden columns, verandas and towers are just some of the architectural designs that can be seen on historic houses in Knightstown. Those wishing to know more about these homes are in luck.

As part of May’s Historic Preservation Month, the Department of Natural Resources and the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology are working in conjunction with Gov. Mitch Daniel’s INShape Indiana program to promote historical richness while getting exercise through walking tours around the state.

On Saturday May 24, the Knightstown Chamber of Commerce and Historic Knightstown Inc. will participate in these walks by sponsoring the Historic Knightstown Walking Tour.

Featuring a combination of 24 historic businesses, homes and the Glencove Cemetery, participants can walk approximately 3.5 miles in-town while soaking up the historical richness Knightstown has to offer.

According to the tour brochure, most homes and businesses on the tour were built in the mid- to late 1800s and offer a variety of interesting architectural designs, as well as a colorful histories. One house on the walking tour is located at 25 S. Adams. Built by hardware merchant Harvey bell, the two-story brick Greek Revival house was constructed in 1852. When Knightstown’s local hotel burned, Bell opened his home to boarders and often provided shelter to performers who played at his entertainment hall on Main Street.

Aside from the educational value, stories and histories associated with each home, the event is also a way to bring visitors to Knightstown.

“This is a good opportunity for Boy and Girl Scout troops and for everyone in Henry County,” Tielking said. “Make it a family and educational event. I hope a lot of people participate. It’s good publicity and tourism for our town. Hopefully word will get around and people will want to spend the day.”

Those wishing to participate in this free event can do so by being in the town square between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., where they can register on-site and receive a walking tour map. The first 25 participants will also receive a free water bottle, Tielking said.

According to Tielking, tours are flexible and participants can go on whichever route they wish, so the walk can be as short or as long as desired. There will also be additional historic property tours 5.4 miles outside of city limits and can be driven to if preferred.

“This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to become more familiar with Knightstown, its history and architecture and get the exercise we need all at the same time.” Tielking said.

Those wishing to register for the event in advance can do so by visiting knightstownchamber.org.

 

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