Leon County Launches New Downtown Heritage Trail
with Guided Community Walk
Today, Leon County launched the new Downtown Heritage Trail, a tour showcasing 13 historically significant sites in downtown Tallahassee. Community members gathered to celebrate the trail on a guided walk led by the Leon County Division of Tourism Staff and County Elected Officials. The approximately .8-mile walk began on the steps of the historic Walker Library (Bar 1903) with stops at the Knott House, The John. G. Riley House Center & Museum, Smokey Hollow and Cascades Park where speakers shared information about each site and its importance to the heritage and history of the downtown area.
“The County is excited to launch our series of Heritage Trails, which provide residents and visitors the chance to explore the rich history of Florida’s Capital County,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Bill Proctor. “The Downtown Heritage Trail, the first in the series, connects more than a dozen crucial sites like the Knott House, The Riley House Center & Museum, Smokey Hollow, the old Walker Library, and so much more.”
Leon County developed the Heritage Trail program in partnership with the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority, John G. Riley House Museum, City of Tallahassee, Florida Department of State, the Tallahassee Historical Society and local community leaders. The trail will be promoted on the Visit Tallahassee website and mobile app and with a printed brochure that will be available at the Visitor Information Center at Cascades Park and at featured sites on the trail.
“It was great to be joined this morning by so many people celebrating the Downtown Heritage Trail,” said Leon County District 3 Commissioner Rick Minor. “With the help of community partners and local leaders, the trail highlights many of the people, places and events that shaped our Capital Region into the thriving community we are today.”
In addition to the Downtown Heritage Trail, there are more planned trails to be added as part of the ongoing Heritage Trails Program. Future trails will focus on a wide assortment of subjects including civil rights, music and more. The Heritage Trails are designed to promote exploration through mapped routes that engage residents and visitors to learn more about the area’s people, places and events.
“The County’s Heritage Trails continues our commitment to highlighting special locations in our community with rich history and importance,” said Leon County Administrator Vince S. Long. “Our Tourism team worked with many different partners to make this interactive experience possible, and just in time for cooler weather, the perfect time to explore downtown.”
For more information about the Downtown Heritage Trail visit VisitTallahassee.com/heritagetrails. For destination information contact Scott Lindeman, Leon County Division of Tourism Scott.Lindeman@VisitTallahassee.com or (850) 606-2305 or Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations at (850) 606-5300.
About The Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee: The Leon County Division of Tourism (Visit Tallahassee) is the official destination marketing organization for Tallahassee-Leon County. Tourism is charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County nationally as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports and visitor services. For more information, go to VisitTallahassee.com or call toll free (800) 628-2866. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #iHeartTally and #Trailahassee.