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 “Mayors of Pittsburgh” Tour at Allegheny Cemetery

May 1 - December 31

“To commemorate the City of Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association now offers self-guided tours for guests to visit the final resting place of twenty-eight Pittsburgh Mayors in historic Allegheny Cemetery!

Notable stops include Ebenezer Denny in Section 11, the City’s first Mayor, compatriot of George Washington and famed hero of the Revolutionary War. In Section 29 we find Joseph Barker, who served from 1850-1851 and was elected into office while incarcerated (one of at least eight times he was imprisoned). Section 20 boasts Mayor George W. Guthrie who served from 1906-1909 before his appointment as the United States Ambassador to Japan by President Woodrow Wilson. We find Charles Kline in Section 40, whose service was marked by scandal, a corruption conviction and the now infamous “oriental rug.” William McNair’s headstone in Section 33 simply reads, “Husband,” though public record will remember him best for his antics in office when he named his Chauffeur the City’s Director of Public Safety and gladly stood on his head for press photos. At every stop, visitors will find a plaque with an image of the Mayor (when available) and details on the years they lived, terms served, political affiliation and accomplishments while in office.

No reservations are needed and self-guided tours are free to the public. Maps, brochures and literature detailing the Cemetery’s history and additional famous “residents” are available at the Administration Office which is staffed from 8:15am Monday – Friday until 5:00pm and Saturday until 4:00pm.

Allegheny Cemetery is a registered [501 (c)(13)] non-denominational, non-profit organization established in 1844 by the City of Pittsburgh’s most prominent citizens and philanthropists. Over 170 years later, her landscape remains as celebrated as her residents and the public is invited to visit seven days per week until 7:00pm in summer months. Fifteen miles of winding country roads offer visitors a chance to escape urban gridlock and “get lost” in a Romantic Era rural garden filled with one-of-a-kind memorial statuary and spectacular historic architecture. The Allegheny Cemetery Historical Association provides tours, educational literature and public programming as part of its mission to preserve the historic integrity of Allegheny Cemetery and celebrate the rich heritage of the greater Pittsburgh region. Guided group tours are available as well as information on burial, cremation and memorial products and services by calling 412-682-1624.”

Open every day from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Allegheny Cemetery

4734 Butler Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15201

 

BEAUTY OF THE BURGH with Bike the Burgh Tours

May 1 - December 31

Ready to explore Pittsburgh in a different way? Then come and join our fun bike tours! On different themed tours we will cruise through the streets of the financial and cultural district of Downtown, experience the Strip District and check out the South- and Northside. We also bike through Oakland with all its universities and museums, and see the beautiful mansions of Shadyside, historic Friendship and up and coming East Liberty. We dive into the history of Pittsburgh, tracking down the people who shaped this city to what it is today. Old and new buildings, city squares and public art will turn this ride into a unique event full of exciting (re)discoveries of the Burgh. Duration: 3 hours Meeting points: Please check the website www.biketheburgh.com Price: $23/person Bikes: Bring your own or rent (bike rental or bike share). More details on www.biketheburgh.com/bikes We tour all year round! Please check the daily schedule on the website www.biketheburgh.com

Bike the Burgh

500 First Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

All About the Burgh, the Culture to Ketchup Tour!

May 1 - October 31

At Molly’s Trolleys, we offer exciting, fully narrated tours of the must-see places in Pittsburgh! We invite you to travel with us through the most popular areas including; the South Side, Oakland, Downtown, the Strip District, North Shore and Mt. Washington. Our knowledgeable guides make for an unforgettable experience as they blend history with current events. Your two hour tour includes a photo opportunity of the spectacular Pittsburgh Skyline and a ride on the historic Duquesne Incline! The Molly’s Trolleys Sightseeing Tour is approximately two hours long and departs from Station Square. Book with Molly’s Trolleys for a fun, informative way to see the city! Tours depart at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily, April – October. Book your tickets online at www.mollystrolleyspittsburghtours.com or call 412-391-7433

Station Square

125 West Station Square Dr.

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

2017 Troy Hill House Tour

May 20 @ 1 p.m.

Welcome to Troy Hill, one of the most historically significant and architecturally unique neighborhoods in Pittsburgh!

Join us in Troy Hill on Saturday, May 20th from 1 to 4 pm to explore this wonderful neighborhood with a self-guided tour. You will receive a guide book that will introduce you to 4 different homes and 4 businesses that make Troy Hill special, along with other notable areas in the Troy Hill neighborhood.

From 1 to 4 pm, show your tour booklet at Pear and the Pickle and get a free cookie with any purchase!

After 4 pm, join us at Scratch for a group game of Catch Phrase and a chance to sample the creations of Executive Chef Brandon Blumenfeld. Show your tour book and get a free beer with any small plate purchase. Limit one per person; must have tour book to qualify.

Please bring your ticket or confirmation email to Most Holy Name School on Tinsbury Street. Parking is available across from the school at the corner or Tinsbury Street and Hatteras Street.

One adult admission is $15. Children under 12 are free; must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Homes are not all stroller-acessible. All proceeds will be donated to the Troy Hill Window Box Beautification Program, an upcoming event that provides Troy Hill residents with free soil, flowers and materials to create their own window flower boxes.

This event is generously sponsored by the Troy Hill branch of WesBanco.

For more information, please visit our website. You can contact the organizers at troyhillhousetour[at]gmail.com.

Most Holy Name School Hall

Tinsbury Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

 

Historic South Side Home Tour

May 20 @ 10 a.m.

Explore the unique residences and buildings that make up the historic South Side neighborhood on this self-guided walking tour. The Historic South Side Home Tour supports the South Side Community Council.

Tickets: https://www.showclix.com/event/southsidehometour17/

UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center

2000 Mary St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

 

A Tour & Tasting in Old Allegheny

June 2 – 3

The 2017 tour features wines from Spain and delectable tapas – all while guests celebrate summer in the sun in our storied neighborhood. Please join us on Friday, June 2nd or Saturday, June 3rd.

Each home or garden on the tour will provide a unique setting for guests to enjoy a wine and hors d’oeuvres course. The guided tour starts at historic Holmes Hall on Friday at 5:00 pm each evening (ending at 9:00 pm) or Saturday at 1:00 pm (ending at 5:00 pm).  By the end of the tour guests will have visited six additional homes, gardens or other historic structures and enjoyed a delightful variety of wines and specialty foods chosen just for this event.

  • Tickets are $75 per person.
  • Free parking is available on neighborhood streets.

If there are other people in your group who purchased tickets separately please note the name the tickets were purchased under on your order so we can put you in the same tour group.

Holmes Hall

719 Brighton Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15233

 

Lawrenceville Garden Tour

June 11 @ 11 a.m.

Self-Guided

Tickets available ONLY on June 11 at Allegheny Cemetery

Allegheny Cemetery

4734 Butler Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

 

Manchester House + Garden Tour

August 6 @ 11 a.m.

The 2017 Manchester House + Garden Tour will again take you into some of the most beautiful and unique homes in Pittsburgh.  From high Victorian to funky chic, Manchester is a neighborhood of diverse people, tastes and interpretations. You’ll also enjoy live music, crafts and food from Manchester residents and local businesses.

Join us for our annual House + Garden tour and celebration of Manchester.  As you look at the amazing homes that have already been finished imagine yourself in one of the many opportunities that still remain.

Join us Sunday, August 6 from 11a-5p. Tickets are just $12.50 in advance or $15 the day of the event.

If your business would like to support the house tour we are also offering program ads and other sponsorship opportunities. Please email manchesterhistoric@gmail.comfor details.

The 2017 Manchester House + Garden Tour starts in the 1300 Block of Page Street

Advance tickets can be purchased for $12.50 online.

Tickets can also be purchased day of tour from 11a-4p for $15.

1300 Block of Page Street

 

48th Annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour

September 10 @ 11 a.m.

The Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour is the oldest and finest house tour in the city of Pittsburgh. During the 48th annual event, held from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on a Sunday in September , visitors will be treated to a leisurely self-guided tour of homes and gardens throughout our historic neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

Homes on tour represent beautiful restorations and some that offer a glimpse behind the effort that goes into a work-in-progress. Every home is unique; expressing each homeowner’s personal taste and style. The House Tour will also showcase a midway of vendors and mobile eateries.

Online ticket sales will be available and tickets are be picked up on arrival at the event.  Please keep checking back here or on the War Streets web site for updated details.

Monterey Street at West North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

 

Dormont House Tour

October 1

The Dormont House Tour began in 1989 and has featured Dormont houses, apartments, and businesses in order to provide ideas for restoration and renovation. Never intended as a “decorator’s tour”, it is an opportunity to inspire the preservation and appreciation of the unique qualities of Dormont's homes.

2950 W Liberty Ave

Pittsburgh, PA