Walking tour of Lincoln Park

Albany Lincoln Park from Corning Tower

The Historic Albany Foundation's Walkabout Wednesday series has a walking history tour of Lincoln Park lined up for July 18. Blurbage:

Before Lincoln Park became a park, it was full of breweries and brick factories, manicured country estates, and a notorious squatter's community. The Beaver Kill once ran through its steep ravine, cascading over the Buttermilk Falls. In 1890 the city purchased the area and began the slow process of transforming it into one of Albany's great outdoor spaces. The park includes a landscape designed by noted architect Charles Downing Lay, a stellar WPA-era bathhouse, and layer upon layer of Albany history.

Some of the brewery buildings still remain along the park. And the city is still contending with the history of the Beaver Kill. See also: this short history of the Lincoln Park pool by the Friends of Albany History.

The walking tour meets at the corner of Eagle and State streets (outside the Renaissance) at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, July 18. Tickets are $10 and available online.

HAF has a bunch of these sorts of walking tours coming up over the next few months...

These tours are $10. And they do tend to fill up.

July 26: Matt Malette of Albany Archives leads a tour based on Abraham Lincoln's 1861 visit to Albany

August 2: City historian Tony Opalka leads a tour of the beautiful architecture in the Mansion Neighborhood.

August 15: Chris Brazee leads a tour of the proposed historic district from the Alfred E. Smith Building to the downtown UAlbany campus.

August 17: Tony Opalka and the Albany Fire Department's Lt. Tim Blaney and Lt.
Bill Tobler (retired) lead a tour of sites burned in Albany's fire of 1848.

September 19: Tony Opalka and Kim Alvarez of Landmark Consulting lead a tour of UAlbany's downtown campus.

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