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Winnsboro History Days and Downtown Walking Tour
May 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
Bill Jones, city of Winnsboro official town Historian, Randy Lindsey, Chana Gail Willis and the Autumn Trails A’s Model A Ford Club will host “Winnsboro History Days” on Saturday, May 25, 2019.
The FREE event is geared for featuring and preserving Winnsboro’s unique history and heritage, and in celebrating Texas Historic Preservation Month in May.
THE WALKING TOUR
The FREE Walking Tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Old Train Depot at the Southeast Corner of Main and 100 E. Broadway (Also known as Hwy. 37 and Hwy. 11). The three block walking tour of downtown Winnsboro will go along Main Street, Elm and Market Street, with Mr. Jones narrating some interesting points of history, assisted by narrator Randy Lindsey of KWNS 104.7 Radio Station.
There is plenty of public parking at the Depot and around Downtown Winnsboro, Texas. There will be about 12 points of interest stopping points along three downtown blocks. The tour’s hosts will be assisted by living historic actors in recreating a few scenes from famous points of history of the Crossroads town built at the headwaters of Indian Creek.
A few sidewalk acting scenes from criminals Bonnie and Clyde’s Last Ride (peaceful) before they were gunned down in Louisiana, along with a few ghost stories, architectural building features, history and restoration award winning buildings. The “Outlaws” will re-enact the famous last 1907 Shootout killing the town Marshal and 3 others at Elm & the Bowery (Market Street).
STOPS ALONG THE WAY
Along the way, the walking tour will also stop for a short time at Vic Clark’s Culture Club Art Gallery to view historic pictures of Winnsboro and the nice collection of art by many artists in the gallery. The walking tour continues outdoors during Winnsboro’s renowned weekly Farmer’s Market on Market (managed by Stacy Finley), and viewings of antique games, live blacksmithing, horse shoeing, and other activities of yesteryear.
RECEPTION AT WINNSBORO CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Around noon-ish, the walking tour ends with a free light hors d’oeuvres Reception at the Winnsboro Center for the Arts at the Bowery at the corner of Market and Broadway (Hwy.11). Folks are encouraged to shop downtown and in Winnsboro after the walking tour and dine in the area. A downtown map and list of restaurants are available at WinnsboroTexas.org.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The free event is hosted by the Autumn Trails A’s Model A Ford Club of east Texas, Bill Jones, Randy Lindsey and Chana Gail Willis. Proceeds from sponsorships will assist in advertising the event and funding the Bill Jones Winnsboro History Preservation Project. The project will be filming Mr. Jones many tales of enriched history in the area. QR Codes will be manufactured and small signs placed at existing historic signs in Winnsboro. When scanning the code on a smart phone, it will lead the tourist / reader to select an audio or video of Mr. Jones talking about that particular location point of interest, and show pictures of what the site may have looked like in years gone by. There will also be online maps with the Living History Location Videos for viewing for out of town travelers and tourists.