Jamestown's history is now on display with a new self-guided walking tour brochure.
The unveiling of the brochure came Wednesday morning. Joni Blackman, executive director of the Fenton History Center spoke about the brochure, while Mayor Sam Teresi and Cesar Perales, New York secretary of state, offered support of the project.
"From the timeless humor you might expect from Lucille Ball's hometown, to an entire community dedicated to lifelong learning, you'll find captivating stories that make life wonderful and in Jamestown it's all just steps away," Perales said.
Pictured is a portion of the map contained inside the self-guided walking tour brochure.
Cesar Perales, New York secretary of state, offers his stamp of approval on Jamestown’s first self-guided walking tour. The tour is one element of an overall City of Jamestown Branding Study, which was funded by the New York Department of State.
P-J photo by Liz Skoczylas
The self-guided walking tour brochure has a map offering a tour of Jamestown's architecture, museums, outdoor sculptures and public art. The guide begins at the renovated Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station and continues to a total of 21 tour stops and attractions. It also provides a suggested route for travelers.
While the brochure may be used by people visiting Jamestown, Blackman suggested those living in the area will benefit from the self-guided tour as well.
"Some people never come downtown. They don't even know what is offered downtown," Blackman said.
The brochure was prepared through an $84,500 New York Department of State Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Redevelopment Program grant award. The grant award also included preparation of a Tourism Branding Study and Marketing Action Plan, which was completed in September 2010.
Additionally, it included production of an interactive tourism attractions map, which will be located at several locations around the city. The maps will be completed by December of this year. Other brochure funding was provided through the Chautauqua County Occupancy Tax Program.
"This remarkable partnership between the state and city of Jamestown will help drive new visitors and economic opportunity to this wonderful part of the state. I applaud the city for taking the initiative to highlight its greatness," Perales said.
For more information about the walking tours, visit jamestownupclose.com.