Boyne City is kicking off a new downtown historical walking tour in tandem with the first night of Stroll The Streets from 6-9 p.m. Friday June 12.
The Stroll Through History self-guided walking tour will include over 50 stops featuring the rich history of Boyne City’s downtown. A printed brochure will be available as well as online content with additional photos, narrative and audio options. Those wishing to take the tour will be able to download an app on their smartphones or tablets to see each featured building and access the information. City Manager Michael Cain said, “We are pleased that the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network chose to partner with us on this worthwhile project, and we are excited to showcase our historic past with others.”
In addition to the self-guided tour, everyone is invited to visit the historic Wolverine-Dilworth Hotel at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, for guided tours (in conjunction with and special thanks to the Charlevoix County History Preservation Society and Patrick McClorey), following a re-enactment of one of Teddy Roosevelt’s famous speeches.
The Dilworth is slated for a full restoration that will begin this summer. “This will be a great opportunity for everyone to see the ‘before look’ and watch as it is transformed back to its original glory,” said Lori Meeder, Main Street Director. “We are so fortunate to have a community advocate like Dilworth owner Bob Grove who sees the importance of the history and has the commitment to bring this historic landmark back to its full potential.”
Additional highlights will include a wide variety of music around town for Stroll the Streets, people dressed in period clothing, vintage cars and tractors, horse and wagon tours and other highlights from the past.
On Saturday, June 13, a vintage base ball game between the Petoskey Mossbacks and the Ludington Mariners will take place at Rotary Park at 1:30 p.m., complete with period uniforms. Fans can watch the game “as it was meant to be played.” To round out the Stroll Through History weekend, an ice cream social will take place on the veranda of the Dilworth Hotel at 3:30 p.m.
This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Preservation Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Michigan Historic Preservation Network. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is committed to protecting America’s rich cultural legacy and helping build vibrant, sustainable communities that reflect our nation’s diversity. Follow them on Twitter @presnation.
For more information on Stroll Through History and the Historical Walking Tour, contact the Main Street office at (231)582-9009 or visit www.boynecitymainstreet.com.