North Tonawanda: Lumber City


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July 22 & 23, 2017: FREE

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Hear some fascinating history about North Tonawanda and its location on the Erie Canal on this walking tour!  How did it become associated with lumber? And what years did it surpass Chicago as the Lumber Capital of the World?

Walk streets named after early land owners and influential citizens.   Pass late 19th- century and early 20th-century homes with interesting architecture, and learn a little about their former residents.

Admire the stained-glass skylight at the Carnegie Art Center.  View the graves of the Herschell Family in an historic cemetery, and stop briefly inside the Allan Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum.  Also stop at the earlier Herschell-Spillman Motor Company Complex, now transformed into the 21st-century canal-side residential Remington Lofts.

Our walk will take us to the six buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places in North Tonawanda, with other places of historic significance along the way.

This tour meets at the Carnegie Art Center at 240 Goundry Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Parking is available on the surrounding side streets.

Tour Details:

  • Advance reservations are encouraged but not required for this tour.
    • All credit card payments must be made in advance.  Advance reservations with a credit card can be made online until the tour starting time. Cash or checks are accepted at the start of the tour.
    • If you make an advance reservation, please print your confirmation email, or be prepared to show it on your phone.
  • This tour is approximately two hours in length.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – the tour will proceed rain or shine.
  • Cameras are encouraged!