Downtown Concord Historic Walking Tours: Bringing History Back to Life
Aug 09, 2016 05:24PM
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.
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.
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.