Summer History Walk Schedule

As warm weather returns to northeast Ohio, so do the Oberlin Heritage Center’s popular outdoor history walks. All ages can enjoy time outside and learn more about Oberlin’s unique history and architecture through these fun learning opportunities:

Freedom’s Friends: Underground Railroad & Abolitionist History Walk: Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. Learn about Oberlin’s famous freedom seekers and those known to have helped them make their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. in June, July and August. Tour starts at the First Church of Oberlin.

June July August
6/3 7/1 8/5
6/10 7/8 8/12
6/17 7/15 8/19
6/24 7/22 8/26


"One Step More": Oberlin Women's History Walk: In 1834, John J. Shipherd pledged Oberlin’s commitment to “the elevation of female character” through education. Little did he know, there was dynamite in that promise, and women carried the matches. This illustrated walking tour explores how Oberlin confronted and defined issues of femininity in the 19th and 20th centuries. Hear stories of powerful Oberlin women including Lucy Stone, Marianne Parker Dascomb, Adelia Field Johnston, Mary Church Terrell, and Lucy Stanton Day, and learn how they used John J. Shipherd’s promise to shape what it meant to be a woman in Oberlin and in the United States.

First Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. in June, July, and August. Tour starts by the flagpole on Tappan Square near the intersection of Main and College Streets.

June July August
6/3 7/1 8/5


Scholars & Settlers History Walk: 75-minute walking tour of the legends and landmarks surrounding Tappan Square. Learn about the earliest residents of Oberlin and hear fascinating stories of the triumphs, debates, and scandals. Compare the buildings of today to the buildings of yesteryear using historic photographs and walk away with a lively appreciation of Oberlin's unique heritage. Tour starts by the flagpole on Tappan Square near the intersection of Main and College Streets.

8/12 8/26




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