PROGRAMS – WALKING TOURS
Interested in taking a walk around Orleans?
Between June and September, you can join local historian Bonnie Snow and tour the town or cemetery, learning about the fascinating lives of Orleans' early residents or the various eras of some of the architecture. The tours often start and end at the Museum, but in between you will be delighted to learn about the lives of families who lived in Orleans.
Historic Cemetery Walks
Starting at the Meeting House, Bonnie leads groups through the Orleans Cemetery Association, whose graves date back as far as the 1800s. For example, you will walk to the grave of John Doane, who started the first private high school, called Rock Harbor Academy / Orleans Academy. The school was attended by all local men who wanted to become first mates or sea captains in maritime trade, as well as women who wanted to become teachers. Other Orleans residents became famous during their lives making an impact with important projects around the country. You'll find out about residents who made an incredible contribution, both to the community and the world.
Historic Main St. Walks
Also beginning at the Meeting House, Bonnie will lead you to the Barley Neck Inn, discussing the houses, architecture and history over time. For instance, you will learn about the Parsonage Inn, which was used by the ministers of the Congregational (now called Federated) Church, and then became a private home – and is currently a beautiful Bed and Breakfast. You can learn the distinction between a full Cape, half Cape and three quarter Cape. Many sea captains' home lie along the walk, including the homes of least three state legislators who served in the late 1800s.