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Meet at the park on the corner of Randolph and Hamilton. street parking available. Enjoy a walk through the city’s first Historic District with your guide, Connie Tomczyk.  It was a popular location for picnics and outings when Sidney Pulsifier purchased the land in 1856. When his bank failed in 1877, the land became available for residential development at discounted rates. The homes here were developed in just one generation and represent the largest collection of Victorian homes in the city. Although many of the homes were converted to apartments in the 30’s and 40’s, the exteriors remain largely the same. Early residents included bank presidents, a mayor, a newspaper publisher, brewing magnates and other prominent businessmen. Your guide will share fascinating stories of their lives and their homes.  

·      Participants are asked to wear masks during the tour and to socially distance from one another.

·      Tours will last approximately 1 ½ hours, unless otherwise indicated.

·      Tour fee is $15 per person.

·      Tours will be limited to no more than 8 participants to assure social distancing.

·      Participants should feel comfortable walking 1 ½ miles and standing up to 20 minutes.

·      There may be uneven ground at Springdale Cemetery or on public sidewalks.

·      Tours will go rain or shine, except in the case of severe weather. Participants should dress accordingly. If severe weather comes up while a tour is taking place, it may be cut short to ensure the safety of the participants.

·      Cancellations permitted up to 24 hours ahead with full refund or reschedule.  

Venue Information

The Randolph-Roanoke Historic District
Northeast Roanoke Avenue
Peoria, IL 61606

Organizer Information

Peoria Historical Society

611 SW Washington
St # A
Peoria, IL 61602

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