Muskogee's Historic Homes and Buildings Tour Highlights the Preservation of Historic Properties
Saturday, September 10, 2016
10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tour some of Muskogee's historic districts and take guided tours of recently restored structures and others in need of preservation. We hope you will come along.
Purchase tickets below or call 918-686-6624 Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Map, directions, and property descriptions provided when you purchase tickets.
The home tour brochure is your ticket to each home and commercial building. There are no refunds for unused tickets. Please present the brochure to the front door guide for entry. Each brochure contains a map and detailed descriptions of all homes and buildings.
Due to the nature and vulnerability of historic homes, children under the age of 10 are not permitted on the home tour, and children 10 and over must purchase a ticket brochure. Guests must wear soft-heeled shoes to protect flooring -- no high heels —. Visitors must be able to negotiate stairs — these are old homes and as such, are not handicapped-accessible. Pets are not allowed inside homes. Smoking, photography, video, food and drinks are prohibited in the tour homes and buildings — and please, do not open drawers, cabinets, or closets in the tour homes. Please do not use the restroom in tour homes.
What is Preservation?
Preservation is knowing the history of your old house, your neighborhood, or the places nearby.
Do you know when your house was built? Or who established your neighborhood? One of the best ways to get involved in preservation is to delve into the history of your community.
Explore the history around you:
Visit Three Rivers Museum-Muskogee's Regional Heritage Center and the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Muskogee Public Library.
Explore historic maps of the neighborhood like the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps, city directories, census records, property records, and newspapers to learn more about previous occupants. Old photos can help uncover mysteries.
It can be easy to find a personal connection to preservation when you start just by looking around you.
For more, see the website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“Muskogee has some of the most extensive historic building stock in our state,” says architect Ron Franz of Oklahoma University. “Only larger cities such as Oklahoma City and Tulsa can rival Muskogee for the variety and quality of historic homes and buildings.”