Walking backward while talking is useful for leading a tour, demonstrating a moonwalk, or retreating from a room full of ominously staring toddlers. See the reverse saunter put to good use with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to the Summer Tour of Historic Homes in Olde Towne East on July 10th from 1 p.m.-to 7 p.m. (up to a $40 value).
Dotted with over 1,000 homes dating back to as early as the 1830s, Olde Towne East encapsulates the cadence of turn-of-the-century living. During the Summer Tour of Historic Homes, 16 dwellings along Bryden Road toss their doors open to curious wayfarers. Armed with a tour booklet filled with historic destinations, travelers lead themselves on a self-guided jaunt of the neighborhood’s enviable digs, passing by homes built and inhabited by a bygone host of notable industrialists, politicians, and fan-fiction authors. Over the course of the afternoon, travelers pop into rustic destinations crafted in styles including Italianate, Queen Anne, and Victorian and festooned with flourishes such as art-glass windows, exquisite woodwork, and ornate tiles. Tour volunteers and homeowners populate each location, answering questions about architectural significance, local history, or the hygiene habits of neighborhood gargoyles. Travelers can take a mid-tour break at rest stops interspersed along the tour, refueling with water and snacks while chatting with caravans of fellow historians.
Summer Tour of Historic Homes in Olde Towne East
In 1982, the Olde Towne East Neighborhood Association organized its first Tour of Homes to increase awareness of Columbus's history and stunning architecture. The event has been on the calendar every summer since, raising money to preserve the neighborhood and its homes. The journey through Olde Towne East takes visitors back as far as the 1830s, spanning a time period wherein horses and trolleys traversed the streets and Ohio's governors boarded with whichever family had the grandest staircase for dramatic entrances. Tour-goers can expect to encounter oodles of architectural styles, including federal, Queen Anne, Italianate, Tudor, and American craftsman.
Olde Town East
1390 Bryden Rd.
Columbus, Ohio 43205Get Directions