Walking Tours

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African American Heritage in the Upper Housatonic Valley

Explore the stories of African American luminaries who have lived in the area — W. E. B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, to name but a few—as well as the lives and times of the many ordinary yet extraordinary African Americans who have made their marks in the region from the 1700s to the present. Funded by Mass Humanities

African American Heritage: Elizabeth “Mum Bet” Freeman

Tour 10 sites in Stockbridge, Great Barrington and Sheffield associated with Mum Bet’s life and quest for freedom.

African American Heritage: Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Explore Jacob’s Pillow and its contributions to the heritage of the African diaspora.

African American Heritage: Pittsfield, Massachusetts

View 15 sites in Pittsfield associated with Rev. Samuel Harrison, baseball hero Ulysses Frank Grant, Chief Justice John Garrett Penn, astronaut Stephanie Wilson, and other influential African Americans.

African American Heritage: W.E.B. DuBois in Great Barrington

Discover 17 sites in Great Barrington that reveal the town’s people and places as Du Bois recalled them.

African American Heritage: 54th MA Regiment

Visit 24 sites in 12 communities from Dalton, MA to Sharon, CT honoring the Berkshire and Litchfield men who served in the “Glory” regiment.

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CT Valley

African American Historic Sites in Deerfield

Visit sites related to African American history throughout Old Deerfield.Funded by Mass Humanities

The 1704 Deerfield Raid

View the 1704 French and Indian raid on Deerfield, as seen through the eyes of the various participants. Funded by Mass Humanities

Hawley Old Town Common

Uncover the Old Town Common, abandoned in the late 19th century, through walking and virtual tours. Funded by Mass Humanities

Hidden Walls, Hidden Mills, Exploring the Plainfield

Self-guided outings for a family audience that explore the history and ecology of the Plainfield landscape. Called “hands down, one of the best community engagement/education/social/historical and general overall enlightened efforts we’ve had in this town. Heck – the whole region should look to this as a model.” Funded by Mass Humanities

Walking Tour of African American and Abolition Era History in Florence

Uncover the history of abolition in Florence through a walking tour of 18 sites on the African American Heritage Trail.

Holyoke History Walk

(English and Spanish available)
Interact with history through this bi-lingual website which explores nearly 100 civic, industrial, commercial, and residential locations throughout Holyoke. Smartphone App Available

Northampton Historic Markers

Seven historic markers link selected sites from Florence Center to the Bridge Street Cemetery. Each marker provides a link in a chain of interpretation telling the story of Northampton’s history. Containing colorful historical photographs and prints, these site markers tie history and place together. Funded by Mass Humanities

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By the Canal: Canal District Walking Tour

A self-guided tour of the streets and buildings of Worcester’s Canal District. This tour highlights eleven buildings that reflect the history of both the city and the neighborhood. Smartphone App Available

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Historic Salem

Explore Salem’s rich history with this interactive app featuring numerous historic sites and points of interest. Smartphone App Available

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Metrowest Boston

In the Footsteps of a Civil War Hero: A Walking Tour of General Gordon’s Framingham

Get to know General George H. Gordon, a Civil War hero and commander of the Massachusetts 2nd Regiment. Raised in Framingham, Gordon’s life here revolved around the Centre Common, from his early days at the Framingham Academy, to his retirement in the family homestead on the Sudbury River. The inaugural program on the Framingham History Center app is a self-guided walking tour of the Centre Common as General Gordon saw it.Smartphone App Available

My Farm at Waltham

Discover the 45 acre Gore Place estate and its role in 19th century New England farming. Smartphone App Available

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Greater Boston

Puritan Boston Tests Democracy

A walking tour mobile application explores Boston’s early religious history, with a particular focus on the decision-making practices and contentious issues that characterized life in seventeenth-century Boston.Funded by Mass HumanitiesSmartphone App Available

Time Traveling Through Franklin Park

Tour Frederick Law Olmsted’s Franklin Park, known as the “Jewel of the Emerald Necklace.” Funded by Mass Humanities

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Explore the history, horticulture, and lives of those now buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery through four tours available as smart phone apps. Funded by Mass Humanities Smartphone App Available

Boston Women’s Heritage Trail

Discover more than 200 Boston women in a wide variety of settings, occupations, and backgrounds in a series of seven walking tours. Funded by Mass Humanities

Freedom Trail Walking Tour

Freedom Trail Walking Tour is the ultimate interactive app that introduces you to Boston’s famous Freedom Trail. This app makes it fun to learn about Colonial Revolutionary Boston. You get maps, pictures, descriptions and YouTube videos of all 17 historical stops on the trail. Smartphone App Available

War of 1812

Anyone interested in the War of 1812 or early American history would enjoy The War of 1812, with a companion website that includes the entire film online as well as a smartphone app noting locations of War of 1812 historical sites. Smartphone App Available

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Liberty and Union Walking Tour

The one-mile Liberty & Union Walking Tour is a loop through Historic Downtown Taunton and gives an overview of the original buildings, places, and people who lived and worked Downtown.

City of Champions: A Portrait of Brockton

Take a walk along Main Street in Brockton and enjoy the installation of twelve photographic banners. Funded by Mass Humanities

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Cape & Islands

Nantucket Walking Tour

Stroll down Main Street in Nantucket with this app that highlights the histories and architecture of 30 houses between the Pacific National Bank and the Soldiers & Sailors Monument and reveals the story of Nantucket’s whaling prosperity, decline and rebirth. Smartphone App Available

Provincetown Walking Tour

Explore Provincetown – from the signing of the Mayflower Compact by the Pilgrims in 1620 to the staging of Eugene O’Neill’s first play in 1916, Provincetown’s harbor, homes and other landmarks are rich in a layered history and have inspired artists and tourists alike. Smartphone App Available

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