Fenton Announces Schedule Of Walking Tours

The Fenton History Center is again offering walking tours most Saturdays from May 25 to Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. There are five tours in the rotation. New this summer, children up to age 18 are free with a paying adult (limit two children per adult).


The old Northside of Jamestown, now our greater downtown was the center of Jamestown for many years. From Fourth Street to the Chadakoin, the tour will tell about the people and businesses that thrived here from the early 1800s to the 1950s. The tour will be led by either a Fenton History Center Museum teacher or board of trustees member. The tours will be held May 25, June 25, July 6, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21. It will begin and end at the Fenton History Center parking lot.


The Fenton’s newest walking tour, Jamestown’s Hidden Alleys, will debut June 29 at 1 p.m. The other dates are Aug. 3 and Sept.14. Participants will tour five of the earliest alleys and learn about the remaining alleys. Jamestown’s 17 alleys were mostly in the downtown area, but a few could be found closer to the boat landing. Alleys have been hidden in the background of Jamestown’s everyday business from the village’s beginning. What was their purpose? How did they get their names? What are they used for now? Learn the answers to these questions and much more on the tour. The tour begins at the Fenton History Center.



The Industrial Footprint of Jamestown walking tour travels close to the Chadakoin River and the early industrial area of downtown Jamestown. The dates for the tour are June 8, July 20 and Aug. 31. Walkers will learn about the woolen mills, the railroad, the sawmills and the people who built Jamestown’s early industries. The tour will be led by former trustee and Jamestown Community College associate professor of history Traci Langworthy or a member of the Fenton Board of Trustees and local architect Steve Sandberg of Sandberg, Kessler Architecture. The tour will begin and end at the Fenton History Center parking lot.


The Southside of Jamestown in the mid-1800s to early 1900s was a mix of neighborhoods and thriving businesses. Participants will explore the beauty and majesty of an era gone by in the south side neighborhoods near Forest Avenue and will also learn about the early businesses and people who thrived there. Fenton Trustee Dr. Thomas Greer will lead the tour. The tour will begin at the Fenton History Center parking lot. The dates for the Southside tours are June 22, July 27 and Sept. 7.


The Lakeview Avenue walking tour is about the street’s residents and their stately homes. The dates for the Lakeview Avenue tours are June 1, July 13, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28. What was life like during the heyday of the “most beautiful street in Jamestown?” Participants will earn about the upper class families that lived on the street, the changes over the years and what makes it the grand streetscape it is today. Guests are asked to arrive by 12:45 p.m. at the Lake View Cemetery office lawn, corner of Lakeview Avenue and Buffalo Street. The tour is approximately two hours long and will end back at the cemetery office. The tour leaders are Sam Genco, Lake View Cemetery superintendent and Fenton History Center trustee, and Robert Black, architect, Habiterra Architecture and Landscape Architecture, PC.

All tours are approximately two hours long, and walkers are asked to dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. The fee is $10 for potential members and $5 for Fenton History Center members. Memberships can be purchased prior to the walk. For more information visit fentonhistorycenter.org or call 664-6256 for more information.