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Downtown Concord Historic Walking Tours: Bringing History Back to Life

Aug 09, 2016 05:24PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Tour guide, author, and local historian Michael Eury "in action" during a tour in April, which was conducted for a school group.

The Historic Walking Tours take place in Downtown Concord every second Saturday of the month. Guided by local author and historian Michael Eury, people can explore and experience the lush history of Concord. 

According to Michael, "Downtown Concord was ground zero for a plethora of events that shaped life not only for locals, but also for those throughout Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and the entire South. I not only consider it an honor to bring those stories to life, but I have a lot of fun doing so." 

We were able to get in touch with Michael and hear the story behind the tours, as well as a little bit about himself. 


By Michael Eury:

I am a Concord native and the former executive director of Historic Cabarrus Association and former curator of the Concord Museum; during my tenure there I created and organized the popular Concord History Walks, an annual event (running three years) which brought historical re-enactors into downtown.

I'm also an author of several books on regional history, including Arcadia Publishing's Legendary Locals of Concord and Images of America: Concord. I hail from the world of entertainment publishing, and infuse my tours with fun and trivia...or, as I wrote in my proposal for these tours, I combine the knowledge of a high school history teacher with the panache of a TV game show host in bringing old Concord to life.

The Guided Walking Tours will begin at the Concord Downtown Development Corp.'s office (on Cabarrus Avenue, across from the new City Hall) and encircle the downtown area. The primary stops are bulleted below; at each, I will embellish the experience by sharing stories about their significance. I will also have enlarged vintage photographs to show some of the buildings and businesses of Concord of yesteryear.

Historic Walking Tours will be held the Second Saturday of each month, April through October, beginning next month on Saturday, September 10th. Tours will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run 60-75 minutes. There is a $10 fee for the Guided Walking Tour.

Registrations can be made through the CDDC and its 
website.

DOWNTOWN CONCORD GUIDED WALKING TOUR DESTINATIONS

·      Start at CDDC office

(quick history of Concord’s founding)

·      North at square to Paramount Theatre

(stage show and movie history)

·      Public Library

(Jefferson Davis historical marker)

·      J.W. Cannon house

(Cannon Mills, Cannon Foundation legacy)

·      Charles A. Cannon and Daniel Branson Coltrane houses

(Concord’s two most influential dynasties)

·      South to First Presbyterian Church

·      Cabarrus County Military Monument/WWI cannon

·      Central United Methodist

(former location of Sandy Smith house, turned into Library/Community Center/WWII Concord Canteen; plus YMCA swimming pool)

·      Former Cabarrus Theatre

·      City square

(Hotel, Concord National Bank, Concord Telephone Company, livery stable)

·      Old Belk’s

(shopping in Concord in pre-mall/Internet days)

·      Cabarrus Creamery

·      Historic Courthouse

(history of building, courtroom trials, saving of building, birth of Historic Cabarrus Association, Old Courthouse Theatre, and Cabarrus Arts Council)

·      DAR fountain and Confederate Monument

(Revolutionary and Civil War history)

·      Cross street at crosswalk

·      James P. Cook historical marker (across street)

(Jackson Training School)

·      Original Concord cornerstone at Union/Corban square

·      Warren C. Coleman General Store

·      Pythian Building

·      End at city square/Coca-Cola sign

(Barber-Scotia College, old train depot)

For more detailed information about the tours, you can visit their event website.

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