Group Tours

Walking Tour of Middlebury

Grades 4 and up
The Brewster Block on Main Street in Middlebury, 1899. Collection of the Henry Sheldon Museum

The Brewster Block on Main Street in Middlebury, 1899. Collection of the Henry Sheldon Museum

Take a guided walking tour of early buildings in downtown Middlebury to learn about the people who settled around the falls at Otter Creek.  Students will use an 1857 map to follow the Middlebury History Trail, find the oldest continually running business, visit early mill sites on Otter Creek, the first house of Middlebury College founder Gameliel Painter, the site of the beginning of the marble industry in Middlebury, and more.  Students will learn about the conflicts between town founders Painter and Foote and how building a bridge affected commerce around the falls.

Each participant receives an enhanced copy of the center of Middlebury from the 1857 Walling map and descriptions of historic locations on the map.

Please allow a full 2 hours, and wear good walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. This program is offered from September through May.

Request a Group Tour - Please do not complete this form. Call Mary Manley, 388-2117 to request a group tour.