PUBLIC WALKING TOURS:

Massillon Millionaire’s Row

Spend a long leisurely morning on Historic Fourth Street, the home of Massillon's wealthiest entrepreneurs, financiers, and industrialists from the early 1830s through the 1930s. The residences—crowned by the magnificent 1894 stone mansion, Five Oaks—represent more than a century of intriguing history and architectural excellence. Delicious pastries are included—baked fresh at the historic Liebermann's bakery, where five generations of the same family have served Massillon since 1880. After a guided stroll through the neighborhood with Margy Vogt, tour the privately owned 1882 Thomas H. Russell House as well as the stable and the fascinating apartment in the carriage house. You'll surely want to linger at the Russell House, where you can enjoy a box lunch if you wish to order one when you first arrive at Five Oaks between 9:00 and 9:30.

Saturday, June 28

  • 9:00— Tour Five Oaks (with Liebermann’s pastries in the dining room)
  • 10:30— Historic Fourth Street walking tour
  • 12:00— Tour Thomas H. Russell House and carriage house
  • 12:45— Optional box lunch from Blue Heron Deli

    $15 per person includes all touring; box lunch may be ordered separately on the day of the tour

    4 HOURS | $15 PER PERSON | RESERVATIONS REQUIRED | (DIFFICULT FOR WHEELCHAIRS)

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  • Historic Fourth Street Walking Tour
    Saunter along the slate sidewalks lining the brick street to visit Massillon’s historic Fourth Street. The rich history and architectural excellence of the town’s grandest old neighborhood qualify it to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Savor an exterior look at the mansions spanning a century of design (1830s to 1930s), the homes of Massillon’s entrepreneurs and bankers, prominent families who hosted Presidents McKinley and Garfield, and humanitarians who harbored fugitive slaves.

    Saturday, May 10, 2014 • 2:00
    Sunday, September 14, 2014 • 2:00

    Meet in front of Five Oaks, corner Fourth and North NE, Massillon. Free street parking. A 2-hour stroll through a century of history and design.

    2 HOURS | $7 PER PERSON | NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED | (DIFFICULT FOR WHEELCHAIRS)

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    Massillon Cemetery Monuments Walking Tour
    Meet at the main gate of the cemetery 1827 South Erie Street, Massillon Park free on both sides of the street (not in cemetery) 2 hours among trees and tales of intriguing ancestors

    Sunday, June 1, 2014 • 2:00
    Sunday, September 21, 2014 • 2:00

    2 HOURS | $7 PER PERSON | NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED | (DIFFICULT FOR WHEELCHAIRS)

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    Massillon Cemetery Mausoleums Walking Tour
    Take a leisurely two-hour stroll through Massillon Cemetery to learn the history of the community, the cemetery, and the National Register residence. Walkers will see monuments commemorating individuals who contributed to Massillon’s history, some to the nation, some to the world: inventors, industrialists, philanthropists, military heroes, and political leaders. The beautiful cemetery architectural examples—mausoleums and monuments from the 1840s to the present—are sheltered by an ancient tree canopy.

    Sunday, June 8, 2014 • 2:00
    Sunday, September 7, 2014 • 2:00

    2 HOURS | $7 PER PERSON | NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED | (DIFFICULT FOR WHEELCHAIRS)

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    Historic Downtown Walking Tour
    Revisit the history and architecture of Massillon's downtown to learn about the canal, early businesses, National Register sites, and the people who built the town. Stories include the fire at First Methodist Church, human flies, the Washington’s birthday flood, military monuments, and airplanes built in the upper floor of a downtown building. Imagine Coxey’s march mustering here, streetcars lining the center of the street, a fire consuming a full city block, and unfettered gambling.

    Sunday, May 18, 2014 • 2:00

    2 HOURS | $7 PER PERSON | NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED | (WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE)

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    TOURS BY ARRANGEMENT: (click to schedule)

    Children’s Downtown Tour and Treasure Hunt
    Students in third grade and older can enjoy a central downtown tour to learn about the origins of Massillon, the canal, the memorials, famous Massillon people, streetcars, downtown buildings, and the award-winning murals. Turn the experience into a scavenger hunt with a take-home souvenir booklet. Combine the tour with a visit to the Massillon Museum, Massillon Municipal Court, a picnic on Duncan Plaza, or a stop at the Massillon Public Library. We might even get to wave to the mayor!

    FLEXIBLE TIME | 15 PERSON MINIMUM | $5 PER PERSON | ADD $3 PER PERSON FOR TREASURE HUNT BOOK

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    Downtown History Hounds
    Enjoy a slow stroll through historic downtown Massillon with your canine sidekick. Learn about the buildings, businesses, people, and events that have molded the town. Dogs must mix well with others and remain on their leashes. Owners are responsible for water and cleaning up after their dogs.

    2 HOURS | $5 PER PERSON | RESERVATIONS REQUIRED | (WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE)

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    Tuscarawas River Walk
    Schedule a narrated walk on the levee to view the town and the beautiful Tuscarawas River from a fresh vantage point to learn about the town’s canal days, floods, and the massive flood control project.

    2 HOURS | $5 PER PERSON | RESERVATIONS REQUIRED | (DIFFICULT FOR WHEELCHAIRS)

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    MOTORCOACH STEP-ON SERVICE: (click to schedule)

    Motorcoach Step-on Service
    Customized local tours can include attractions such as: four murals, three National Register churches, the historic Lincoln Theatre, Veterans Memorial and the Medal of Honor Memorial parks, Paul Brown Tiger Stadium, historic Fourth Street, and additional specific interests of the group. Interior tours can often be arranged. Step-on tours may be combined with a visit to the Massillon Museum at any time and Spring Hill Historic Home and the Five Oaks mansion as available.

    Group lunch options are available in one of the few remaining private city clubs in the nation, in an old canal warehouse, in an American grill-style restaurant in Massillon’s former “Little Chicago” lawless area—complete with raucous tales from a man who grew up there, or on the deck at the towpath trailhead.

    FLEXIBLE TIME | $100 PER HOUR

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    General Tour Information

    Contact: Margy Vogt
    Sponsored by: Massillon/Westark Tourism Council
    Admission Charge: $5/person (payable at the start of the tour)

    Phone: 330-832-8469 (reservations & information)
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    Tours are cancelled (not rescheduled) in inclement weather
    Call 330-844-1525 for cancellation determination on the tour date