Herstory Asheville & Urban Trail Tours

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A master storyteller has conducted 100+ interviews to design tours that explore Asheville's history and pivotal female figures

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A walking tour acquaints you with the city around you, helping you better plan parade routes and upcoming bouts of sleepwalking. Watch your steps with this Groupon.

Choose from Six Options

  • $9 for a Herstory walking tour for one (an $18 value)
  • $16 for a Herstory walking tour for two (a $36 value)
  • $10 for an Urban Trail I walking tour for one (a $20 value)
  • $18 for an Urban Trail I walking tour for two (a $40 value)
  • $15 for Urban Trail I and Urban Trail II walking tours for one (a $30 value)
  • $25 for Urban Trail I and Urban Trail II walking tours for two (a $60 value)

During these walking tours, a storyteller weaves tales of Asheville gleaned from more than 100 interviews and countless hours of research. The Urban Trail I tour takes a 90-minute journey through the period of 1880–1930, including the Gilded Age, when a railroad connected Asheville to the rest of the world and made horses feel sad and obsolete. Similarly, the Urban Trail II tour plunges groups into the Frontier Period, the Times of Thomas Wolfe, the Era of Civic Pride, and the Age of Diversity. The Urban Trail I and Urban Trail II tours together last a total of 2.5 hours.

A 90-minute adventure, the Herstory tour spotlights the women of Asheville's past. Beginning at Julia Wolfe’s boarding house at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the guide spouts tales of the city's famous, infamous, and unknown heroines.

Herstory Asheville & Urban Trail Tours

Asheville changed drastically in the half-century following 1880. Railroad workers broke through the Appalachian Mountains' natural barrier and connected the city to the world, forever changing its culture and social zeitgeist. Though decades have passed, Brenda Seright Williams still feels the impact of this period, and the tour guide isn't content to let it fade into history. As it says on her website, she believes "the study of those who came before can inspire us to stretch our own limits."

Her Urban Trail walking tours not only explore the 19th century’s Gilded Age but also tiptoe through four other time periods, including the Frontier Period and the Age of String Cheese. Alternatively, Brenda shifts the spotlight to Asheville's pivotal female figures during the aptly named Herstory tours. However, neither of these excursions are cookie-cutter adventures. To weave her stories, Brenda has conducted more than 100 interviews and spent countless hours researching minute details and the correct pronunciation of the word "pioneer."

Herstory Asheville & Urban Trail Tours

Asheville changed drastically in the half-century following 1880. Railroad workers broke through the Appalachian Mountains' natural barrier and connected the city to the world, forever changing its culture and social zeitgeist. Though decades have passed, Brenda Seright Williams still feels the impact of this period, and the tour guide isn't content to let it fade into history. As it says on her website, she believes "the study of those who came before can inspire us to stretch our own limits."

Her Urban Trail walking tours not only explore the 19th century’s Gilded Age but also tiptoe through four other time periods, including the Frontier Period and the Age of String Cheese. Alternatively, Brenda shifts the spotlight to Asheville's pivotal female figures during the aptly named Herstory tours. However, neither of these excursions are cookie-cutter adventures. To weave her stories, Brenda has conducted more than 100 interviews and spent countless hours researching minute details and the correct pronunciation of the word "pioneer."

Customer Reviews

I went on this urban trail tour with two other girlfriends, we had a marvelous time and learned a great deal about the history of Asheville. The guide was incredible, her name was Brenda. She was friendly, knowledgeable and answered every question to the best of her ability. I would definitely recommend this tour to others who are wishing to learn more about Asheville, and look forward to joining Brenda on the Herstory tour one day soon. Thank you for asking Groupon!
Linda P. · October 28, 2012
Brenda was a terrific tour guide. The event was informative and a lot of fun.
Bobbi L. · October 28, 2012
This was a very interesting and enjoyable tour! I would recommend it to anyone visiting Asheville. I booked it because of the Groupon and because my sister was visiting. She loved it, and we both learned a lot! Great tour leader--very knowledgeable and friendly!
Miriam S. · October 28, 2012
Merchant Location Map
  1. 1

    Downtown Asheville

    Broadway St. and Patton Ave.

    (at Pack Square)

    Asheville, North Carolina 28801

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  2. 2

    Downtown Asheville

    52 N Market St.

    (at Thomas Wolfe Memorial)

    Asheville, North Carolina 28801

    828-423-3819

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