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 Release Date: August 12, 2014
Walking Tours Offered
Two walking tours being offered by the Piqua Tourism Council, in cooperation with the Local History department of the Piqua Public Library and Mainstreet Piqua, will be held in the coming months.

On Saturday, September 13, 2014 a Shawnee Neighborhood Architectural Tour will be held. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. in the 100 block of East Main, just to the left after crossing over the Shawnee Bridge. First known as the Village of Huntersville (established in 1838), this community east of the Great Miami River is today called Shawnee (after the Pique village located on the floor plain). The tour will include new information discovered by Americorps intern Rebecca Torsell on various structures in Shawnee. The group will pass small brick workers' cottages that survived the 1913 Flood that are interspersed with large factory owners homes like that belonging to L.C. Cron with its famous attached octagon cottage. The Hilliard family, the area's first European settlers, built their homes on the top of the hill that overlooked the flood plain below.

A South End Piqua Architectural Tour and will be held on Saturday, October18, 2014 at 10:30AM. Participants will meet in front of St. Boniface Church on South Downing Street. Piqua's south end tour will highlight both the homes of the early 1850's German settlers as well as the later 1880's industrial workers who first came with the founding of the Favorite Stove and Range Company. The various home styles in the area are mixed in with churches, neighborhood businesses and factories. Piqua's south end reflects Piqua's growth and changing diversity. The tour will cover South Downing, South Street, parts of the Favorite Stove factory, Adams Street and a number of other streets west of College Street.

Tickets are available for the tours at $5.00 each. Tickets may be purchased at the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 North Main. The tours are all approximately two hours in length and will be led by Piqua historian Jim Oda. Call Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355 for details.
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