The final historic walking tours in St. Petersburg Preservation’s (SPP) monthly summer evening historic walking tour series, “Twilight on the Town” are coming up! Tours are free for SPP members, $5 suggested donation for nonmembers. Reservations welcomed but not required: (727) 824-7802 or info@StPetePreservation.org. The summer walking tours are leisurely strolls lasting about 60 minutes and ending at a local business where tour goers are welcome to get something to eat or drink and to continue in some fun conversation.
When: Tuesday, September 9
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: University of South Florida, St. Petersburg Campus (USF St. Pete); Tour starts in front of the Snell House, 507 2nd St. S. (sw corner of 5th Ave S. & 2nd St) and ends at the Tavern at Bayboro, 121 6th Ave. S.
The USF St. Pete campus has seen great change since its opening nearly 50 years ago with a class of 260 freshman students. The first campus buildings were in the old Maritime Service barracks. Major campus expansion began in 1978 with groundbreaking for new buildings by
St. Petersburg Times editor Nelson Poynter, who championed campus expansion and for whom the campus is today named. Join SPP and USF historian and Special Collections librarian Jim Schnur on a tour of USF St. Pete and the former Maritime Training Base as Jim talks about the fascinating history of this pocket of downtown. The tour begins at the northern footprint of campus, in front of the historic Snell and Williams homes, walks through the current campus with Jim explaining its earlier history, and then to the peninsula for a visit to the old Maritime headquarters and cenotaph, before ending at the Tavern at Bayboro for drinks and conversation!
When: Wednesday, October 15
Time: 6 pm
Where: Downtown St. Pete – tour starts in front of Café del Mar, 243 Central Ave.
The tour, starting in downtown’s historic “First Block, will take in some of the best of downtown’s architecture and historic buildings and look at how businesses today are finding success in reusing buildings from the past. The leisurely stroll will focus on the heart of downtown, an area that still contains historic churches and commercial buildings, much of which is within the little known Downtown National Register Historic District.
For more information:
727 463 4612