Canton West End Historic Walk

Step back in time and re-visit Canton’s glorious past by participating in the West End Historic Walk Saturday October 13 beginning at 2 p.m. sharp. The West End Historic Walk will begin at the Wesley United Methodist Church ministry center parking lot on Avenue A and Chestnut with informational presentations at the Wesley church, Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library and nine historic homes, ranging in architectural style from Victorian to Eastlake to Italianate. The tour will take approximately 90 minutes to complete a one mile loop. The neighborhood streets will be blocked off so participants can walk in the street and the presentations will take place curbside.

Each stop along the historic walk will feature an approximate 5 minute presentation. The tour will begin with historic overviews of Wesley United Methodist church and the Parlin-Ingersoll Public Library, followed by outside visits to eight (8) unique and historically important homes.

The tour will first visit two houses on Chestnut Street, between Avenue B and C. Michelle Murphy will present information on the Clemons/Drake house and Courtney Dietz will discuss the Blackadore/Plattenburg home located just next door. The tour will then proceed to the corner of Avenue C and Elm to hear the history of the Underwood home, presented by owner Pat Beaty.

Turning the corner, the tour will highlight three homes on the 300 block of Elm Street, between Avenue C and D. The history of the Redcrest mansion will be presented by Dee Zaborac. Then Mike Tucker will talk about the Donn home and Gene Taylor will talk about the Block/Morton home. 

The tour will then back track to the 200 block of Elm Street, where the audience will hear the history of The W. H. Orendorff home and Frank Hulit homes (Kevin Meade) and the Wilson Hulit home (Doug Evans). 

This event designed for the Spoon River Reads “Our Town” program. Committee and resource members include Jenny Beal, Terry Meade, Charlotte Van Sickle, Jamey Dietz, Lori Evans, Randy Wilson and Mike Walters.