Wilkes-Barré Preservation Society director Tony Brooks will host the annual fall architectural walking tour of downtown Wilkes-Barre at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 1 starting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 South Franklin Street.
The tour will explore three centuries of Wilkes-Barre architecture in one square mile. From simple colonial Yankee houses to the magnificent mansions of the Gilded Age, from Gothic-revival churches to streamline modernism Wilkes-Barre has it all. Participants will learn how you can become an urban anthropologist through architecture and hear the stories of French royalty, a world-famous artist, and marvel at how a little girl spread the gospel of good manners and social graces around the world. Wilkes-Barre is not only home to anthracite coal that fueled the Industrial Revolution but is also the birthplace of Planters Peanuts and Home Box Office. Participants will also get to peek inside the Zebulon Butler House for a restoration update. This architectural walking tour will have you wanting more.
The cost is $10 per person and children will be admitted for free. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the 1793 Zebulon Butler House, the oldest house in Wilkes-Barre. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes. Free parking in the lot next to St. Stephen’s. Dogs are welcome. Reservations can be made by calling or text to 570-793-3631.