Choose between three tours to explore Oakland Mills, Town Center or Wilde Lake
There is history all around us; you just have to know where to look. On Saturday, May 12, join Columbia Archives on one of three WalkAlongs and get to know some of Columbia’s hidden treasures. Three different walking tours will start out from Columbia Archives, located at Columbia Town Center Lakefront, at 10 a.m. Trained guides will lead the groups. Each tour will last approximately two hours.
Tour 1 will set off across Route 29 via the pedestrian bridge to Oakland Mills. Participants will take a historical journey from Howard County’s agrarian roots through the development and on-going refinements of Oakland Mills Village. Two very active members of the Oakland Mills community, Bill Gray and Reginald Avery, will lead the tour and will draw the connections between the past, present and future.
Tour 2 will venture to Wilde Lake and the neighborhood of The Birches. The emphasis will be on the mid-20th century architecture of the custom-built homes and the 19th-century structures that were a part of Oakland Manor. For this tour, Columbia Archives Director Barbara Kellner will be joined by Isabelle Gournay, Planning and Preservation associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, and an expert in preservation of the recent past. They will give participants insight into Columbia history and how the architecture here fits into the larger picture.
Tour 3 will explore the more natural side of Town Center. A wooded path along a stream connects the lakefront and the Vantage Point neighborhood. Now, and more so in the future as Columbia sees increased development of the Town Center, this well-thought-out plan to incorporate nature in our everyday lives is an important tenet of Columbia. Columbia Association’s Director of Community Planning Jane Dembner will be the tour guide.
The tours are free, but registration is required and limited to 30 people per tour. Registration is now available online at walkalong.eventbrite.com. For more information, please call 410-715-3103 or e-mail Barbara.Kellner@ColumbiaAssociation.org. Columbia Archives is located at 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia.
Columbia Archives, a service of the Columbia Association, is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are encouraged. Among the materials available are articles about Columbia from the local and national media; home builders’ brochures; and Merriweather memorabilia; as well as a large document collection that is available for research. For more information on the Columbia Archives, please visit their new Facebook page, at Facebook.com/ColumbiaArchives, or ColumbiaArchives.org.
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