Local Historical Walking Tours Start Each Saturday in April

2014-04-04_14-20-16Enjoy the spring weather and find out about the history of our town!

The Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association announces its April Historic Walking Tours to be held each Saturday in April (April 5, 12, 19, and 26). Walkers should meet at the Athens Visitors Center, 100 North Beaty Street, (corner of Beaty and Market Streets by the duck pond) at 9:45 AM. The walks will begin promptly at 10:00 AM and will last approximately one hour.


Alabama is the only state in the nation to hold statewide, simultaneous walking tours. We have had over 900 walkers since Athens started participating in the state walks in 2006 and they keep increasing in popularity every year. Walkers may choose one of 4 different walks each Saturday in April. The walks are free and open to the public. It’s a great way for children to learn about local history. Groups are welcome.


Experience the culture and history of Athens by taking one of the walks.

Tour 1: Historic Downtown Athens Square
Tour 2: Beaty Historic District, Washington Street and Old Town Cemetery
Tour 3 – City Cemetery
Tour 4 – Houston Historic District

Local residents serving as guides will share personal remembrances and tall tales from the old days as well as the history of their respective walk.



Alabama Veterans Museum Coffee Call – Apr 5, at 8:00 AM

Athens Cruise In on the Square – Apr 5, from 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

3rd Annual Storybook Ball at Limestone County Event Center – April 5, from 5:00PM-7:00PM storybookball@yahoo.com

Celebrity Waiters Night at Applebee’s Highway 72, Athens – April 8th for Relay for Life from 5:30PM-8:30PM .

Chick-Fil-A 10K/5K/1-Mile Athens – April 12th, from 7:00AM to 10:00AM. Register online at CFS Race Series.

Singing on the Square – April 18th from 6:00PM-8:00PM. Join Athens-Limestone County Tourism for this free concert series. “Trippin Dixie” will start us off at 6:00PM with the “Dixie Blue Grass Boys” coming on at 7:00PM. I have a new surprise this year, so come out to see what it is and enjoy the great music. For more information, call 256-232-5411.

Walk for Autism and 5K Race to Solve the Puzzle, Athens High School – April 19. For more information, register to participate or donate online at www.walkforautismal.com

1st Annual T&C Stamping, Inc. Relay TEE Cup Golf Scramble at Canebrake Golf Course – April 24. Win a car from Jimmy Smith Buick-GMC. For more information or to register call 256-233-7373 or email Leah Stephens lstephens@tandcstamping.com or Suzanne Linnemannslinnemann@tandcstamping.com

Best Bucking BBQ Cook-Off Southern Crossroads will host the 8th Annual Best Bucking BBQ Cook Off, April 25-26, 2014 in Athens, Alabama at the Limestone County Sheriff’s Rodeo Arena 18118 AL Hwy 99. For more information or registration forms, call 256-232-4650

Earth Day and Outdoor EXPO Big Spring Memorial Park Beaty Street, Athens, AL – Apr 26 from 10:00AM-3:00PM. Sponsored by Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful and Athens-Limestone County Tourism. See “The Bat Lady” from Fayetteville, GA and many others. Contact Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful 256-233-8728 or Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association 256-232-5411.

Cars and Bikes on the Square Athens, AL – Apr 26 from 8:00am to 3:00pm
Activities 8:00am to 8:00pm. For more information: www.CarsontheSquare.com; Tom Schuman 256-457-9179 or by email at TSchuman@comrep.com

Prancing Paws Carnival Celebration- April 26 from 10:00AM-1:00PM at Beasley Fields, Athens State University Hobbs Street, Athens.

For more information on the above events or other events and attractions in Athens-Limestone, visit the Athens Visitors Center located at 100 North Beaty Street or call 256-232-5411. Information is also posted on our website – www.visitathensal.com.
By: Teresa Todd, President, Athens-Limestone County Tourism Association