As part of Oberlin College’s Parents and Family Weekend activities, the Oberlin Heritage Center has expanded its guided tour schedule Friday through Sunday, Nov. 4-6. Out-of-town visitors and area residents are welcome to take part.
• Freedom’s Friends Underground Railroad and Abolitionist History Walk: This neighborhood walking tour focuses on the historic decisions that shaped Oberlin’s growth as a station of the Underground Railroad. Offered at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5. Reservations recommended; space is limited. The walk begins near the steps of the First Church of Oberlin UCC at the intersection of routes 58 and 511.
• Oberlin Origins/Sneak Peek Tours: Guided 30-minute tours of the first floor of the 1866 Monroe House with stories about the events and individuals that shaped Oberlin’s first 100 years. Offered every half-hour on Friday, Nov. 4 from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tour begins at 3:30 p.m.). The cost is $3 adults (free for OHC members, college students with current ID, and children accompanied by an adult). Walk-ins welcome.
• “One Step More” — Oberlin Women’s History Walk: Learn about the local impact on women’s rights through this neighborhood walking tour that combines Oberlin landmarks with stories of powerful 19th and 20th century women. Offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. Reservations recommended; space is limited. The walk begins at the flagpoles on the southeast corner of Tappan Square.
• Music in the Home Tour: Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, being celebrated this year, the Oberlin Heritage Center’s guided tour includes artifacts and sounds of that earlier time. Discover how music was used for entertainment, fellowship, and teaching in 19th-century homes during this 60-minuted guided tour of the historic properties at the Oberlin Heritage Center. Offered at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. The tour begins at the Monroe House, 73 1/2 South Professor St.
• Scholars and Settlers History Walk: This walking tour leads participants around the community hub of Tappan Square accompanied by stories of the earliest residents of Oberlin and the triumphs, debates, and scandals linked to surrounding landmarks. Offered at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. Reservations recommended; space is limited. The walk begins at the flagpoles on the southeast corner of Tappan Square.
Most walking tours are best-suited for ages nine and up and cost $6 adults (free for OHC members, college students with current ID, and children accompanied by an adult). The Oberlin Origins/Sneak Peek Tours are $3 adults and welcomes walk-ins.
Registration at www.oberlinheritagecenter.org or by calling 440-774-1700. In case of rain, the history walks will be cancelled and refunded, while the mini-tours and Music in the Home Tour take place rain or shine.