Main Street tours are the walk of the town
July 6, 2012
Some people take summer vacations and, although they have a great time, return home without learning about the place they visited.
When people come to Park City they will have a chance to learn about the town through the Park City Museum’s Historic Main Street walking tours that run Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 31. This week, the museum will also offer a special one on Saturday, July 7.
These excursions, which last between one hour and an hour and 15 minutes, begin at the Park City Museum, 528 Main St., at 2 p.m., said Jenette Purdy, the museum’s curator of education.
"Visitors meet at the museum and we ask they come a few minutes early to get situated," Purdy said during an interview. "They will take the trolley to the top of Main Street by Grappa restaurant and walk down back to the museum. If there is time left, the guide will continue to the intersection of Heber Avenue and Main Street."
During the descent, the guides, who are all museum docents, will point out the historic and architectural significance of the some of the buildings that line the street.
"Each tour varies depending on who is leading," Purdy said. "We provide the docents with an outline of some of the historic structures and the docents are free to add their own knowledge while leading their group. It’s really up to them."
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Purdy is thankful for the docents, who are all Park City Museum volunteers.
"Since the tours run Mondays through Fridays, they are quite a commitment during the summer," she said. "Without the docents, we wouldn’t be able to offer this and many other programs at the museum."
The tours are also a way for people to immerse themselves in the town.
"A lot of local residents, who have been here for a few years and do not know Park City’s history have benefited from them," Purdy said. "I’ve heard that they gain a good perspective and point of reference while they are out and about, whether they are skiing, hiking, biking or other outdoor recreations that draw people to Park City.
"I’ve had visitors tell me when they participate, they get a sense of place and it makes their visit that much more meaningful to them," Purdy said.
The suggested ages are 13 and older.
"There is a lot of walking and talking, and some younger kids may get restless," Purdy said.
The groups cap off at 15 people.
"We do ask that groups of seven or more make reservations," she said. "In addition, we do offer tours for other special groups. They just need to call the museum."
Purdy said she enjoys the ambiance.
"I love them because they take place in the summer time," she said. "We don’t hold them in inclement weather, so it’s beautiful outside and you’re on Main Street and learning the history of this town.
"It’s also fun to learn about and see the historic structures that line Main Street and see through the facades," she said.
The Park City Museum’s Historic Main Street Walking Tours run Mondays through Fridays through Aug 31, weather permitting. A special tour will be held Saturday, July 7. For more information, call (435) 649-7457 or visit http://www.parkcityhistory.org.