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Walking Tours & Motorcoach Tours

East Avenue Mansions & Millionaires Walking Tour
(East Boulevard to Oxford)

Have you ever wondered about the history of the beautiful mansions around the East Avenue area? Who were the socially elite, rich and famous of Rochester who built and lived in these mansions and how did they come by their wealth? Learn the history of Rochesterís most illustrious street, see many impressive mansions, and hear the stories of the millionaires that developed the area around East Avenue. View the unique architecture of wonderful mansions and other historic buildings not only on East Avenue, but also on adjacent streets such as Oliver, and East Boulevard. Listen to colorful anecdotes that will delight anyone who was born in Rochester or has lived here for a short time. This nostalgic tour will evoke wonderful memories of the "good old days."

East Avenue Mansions & Millionaires Walking Tour
(Oxford to Alexander)

Have you ever wondered about the history of the beautiful mansions around the East Avenue area? Who were the socially elite, rich and famous of Rochester who built and lived in these mansions and how did they come by their wealth? Learn the history of Rochesterís most illustrious street, see many impressive mansions, and hear the stories of the millionaires that developed the area around East Avenue. View the unique architecture of wonderful mansions and other historic buildings not only on East Avenue, but also on adjacent streets such as Prince, University, and Arnold Park. Listen to colorful anecdotes that will delight anyone who was born in Rochester or has lived here for a short time. This nostalgic tour will evoke wonderful memories of the "good old days." As an added bonus this year we will show you the locations and photos of a number of beautiful mansions which were torn down before preservation efforts began.

Mansions & Millionaires Of Early Rochester Motorcoach Tour

Have you ever wondered about the history of the beautiful mansions of Rochester, particularly those around the East Avenue area? Who were the socially elite, rich and famous of Rochester who built and lived in these mansions, and how did they come by their wealth? Now those and many other questions will be answered as you go back in time to the glory days when gracious hospitality and elegant dinners were commonplace in East Avenue mansions. See many beautiful, interesting slides of mansions, millionaires, and hear wonderful anecdotes that will delight anyone who was born in Rochester or has lived here for a short time. Relive the days when automobiles were a novelty that only the rich could afford and the daring could drive. This nostalgic journey will evoke memories of stories your parents or grandparents told you about the "good old days." There are images of the inside of many of the millionaires' mansions discussed during this presentation.

The Famous & Infamous Residents Of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery 
A Fall Foliage Walking Tour

Visit one of Americaís Victorian cemeteries looking its best, bursting with fall colors everywhere. See some priceless Victorian monuments and learn about Victorian symbolism. Listen to delightful stories of famous residents like Rattlesnake Pete, silent movie star Louise Brooks, the Spaghetti Sauce Kings, Gettysburg hero Col. Patrick Henry O'Rorke, noted broadcaster and humanitarian Al Sigl, and infamous resident Jack the Ripper.

The Famous & Infamous Residents Of Holy Sepulchre & Rochester Riverside Cemeteries
A
Fall Foliage Motorcoach Tour 

Visit two of Americaís beautiful Victorian cemeteries looking their best, bursting with fall colors everywhere. See some spectacular monuments and mausoleums. Listen to delightful stories of famous residents like Rattlesnake Pete, Martha Matilda Harper, silent movie star Louise Brooks, Gettysburg hero Col. Patrick Henry O'Rorke, noted broadcaster and humanitarian Al Sigl, the Gleasons, infamous residents like Jack the Ripper and one of Chicagoís notorious mob bosses in the days of Al Capone, and many more.

Tales & Treasures Motorcoach Tour of Historic Rochester

Do you remember when downtown Rochester was a wonderful place to shop with great department stores like Sibleyís, Edwardís, McCurdyís & Formanís? Do you know where the wealthy flour millers, businessmen, and politicians of early Rochester lived before the East Avenue area developed? Hear tales of Rochesterís past and see historic buildings which still exist in the downtown area. Visit the famous "Ruffled Shirt & Silk Stocking" district and Grove Place, in Rochesterís vibrant cultural district, where the famous Gibbs, Ward, and Selden families lived for over 100 years.

View ArtWalk, a fascinating outdoor art trail in Rochesterís Neighborhood of the Arts. See architectural landmarks in Rochester dating back to 1816 such as Brownís Race in the High Falls area, where flour mills and industry once flourished making Rochester famous. Admire the beauty of Rochesterís first church, St. Lukeís Episcopal, where the early pioneers and elite worshiped together. Listen to stories that will amuse native Rochesterians or short time residents, and bring back wonderful memories of bygone days. Anyone who has taken Warrenís tours before will not want to miss another opportunity to be with Rochesterís most knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide.

Parks, Pleasures & Pastimes Motorcoach Tour of Early Rochester 

Hear the fascinating history of Rochesterís early parks in the good old days when this area was the Coney Island of Western New York. Life was much simpler then and the thrill of the beach and picnics at the park were the highlight of family outings. Revisit Rochesterís historic parks and rekindle fond memories of your childhood. See famous Hot Dog Row, Sea Breeze, and Ontario Beach Park and learn about their history. View some of Rochesterís hidden gems like the historic Charlotte Lighthouse, the Dentzel Carousel and the legendary home of the ghost of Durand Eastman Park. Donít miss the opportunity to experience this new and exciting historic bus tour of Rochesterís early amusement parks with local historian and author Warren Kling and his wife Pat.

Rochester's Neighbors - The History of Pittsford & East Rochester

Many of you have asked for a tour of Rochester's historic suburbs over the years. In response to this, we have developed a new exciting historical tour of the suburbs of Pittsford & East Rochester. Pittsford is the earliest settlement in Monroe County and began before Rochester. East Rochester, on the other hand, developed long after Rochester as a planned community, due to the major expansion of a particular industry in America.

Learn the early history of these villages / towns and be entertained with many stories of interesting people who settled there. Hear the stories of the very wealthy who lived there in the early days. Our journey into the past will point out beautiful architecture and historical landmarks, some hidden right before our eyes. Even if you live or have spent much time in these beautiful suburbs, you will be amazed at all the new information you will have to share with your family and friends. 

Our tour would not be complete without seeing what new developments are occurring. We will also point out some interesting restaurants you might wish to go back to and try with your friends. After your mind has been filled with history, relax, socialize and enjoy a sumptuous upscale hot luncheon buffet at one of Rochester's great restaurants, Mario's. Come hungry!

Warren & Pat invite you and your friends to come and have fun this fall as we turn back time to relive the amazing history of Pittsford & East Rochester, seeing them as you never have seen them before and will never forget.

Warren is a Rochester native, local historian and author of the best selling local history book America's First Boomtown- Rochester, NY.  He is one of Rochester's most knowledgeable and entertaining local historians who has been doing presentations, guided walks and motorcoach tours for over fifteen years for many groups, organizations and the general public. 

Warren will take us on a wonderful history filled motor coach tour you will not forget. Donít miss this opportunity to experience the past with one of Rochesterís most knowledgeable tour guides. You can learn more about Warren, as well as watch a 6 minute NBC interview regarding his book, at www.Rochesterhistoryalive.com  "

To Arrange For Tours 
(Note: Motorcoach tours are only given from 2nd week of September to 1st week of October)

You can phone (585-442-0099) or click on the link to send an email to
RochesterHistory, and arrange for a very enjoyable and memorable time for your group. Donít delay in making your reservation as the tours book up very quickly after they are announced.

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