Did you know that Portland's Great Fire of 1866 started on the 4thof July? It was the first Independence Day celebrated after the end of the American Civil War and was America's biggest fire until the Great Chicago Fire five years later. This tour will discuss how the fire happened, how it spread, and how the people of Portland pulled themselves up by their bootstraps time and time again. We will also see and discuss some of Portland's beautiful architecture, historical landmarks, monuments, and discuss how prohibition started in the Old Port, to include Portland's famous "Rum Riot", as well as discuss so much more Old Port history from 1632 to present! During the tour, I'll talk about some of the BEST places to sample Portland's amazing craft beer and point out some of my favorite Old Port restaurants along the way. Come experience this memorable 4th of July Holiday Historic Walking Tour!
Meet at Monument Square (directly across the street from the Portland Public Library on Congress Street) in downtown Portland, Maine. Advanced tickets required at ticketweb.com. $20 per person. Ticket sales turn off 90 minutes before the tour. Kids 16 and under are free with paying adult.
Private tours with group rates are available year-round. Call 646-845-9714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Gift Certificates available!
Your Tour Guide - Leigh Rush Olson is a certified professional Fitness Instructor with the Athletics Fitness Association of America (AFAA), American Red Cross CPR certified, and a Portland History Docent with a B.A. in History from CUNY Brooklyn College. Leigh also volunteers for the Daughters of the American Revolution as their Maine State American History Chairwoman.
Cancellation policy - Refunds of face value of the ticket will be given with at least 24 hours written notice. No exchanges. Ticketweb service fees are non-refundable. All tours run rain, snow, or shine.