Take a Walk on the Wild Side of Birmingham's History  
Birmingham is a walkable city, and visitors and citizens alike enjoy pedestrian activities any time of year, and whether or not there is a public health reason to be outdoors. Check out these local walking (and driving) tours for an immersive experience in one of the great historic themes that makes such an excursion a true delight.

Gitel Levinson 1880sNew!! Birmingham Women's History Walking Tour
 
Birmingham women have made their mark on the town and actively participated in politics even before the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.  From the pioneer period of Birmingham's settlement to the first women rock critics at 1970s Creem Magazine, this tour features twelve amazing women who shaped their worlds and the various buildings associated with their stories. Download the brochure to learn more. (Photo, c.1880s;  Gitel Levinson, first Jewish woman resident of Birmingham, courtesy Carl Levin) 



Greenwood-Cemetery by O'Blenes 2013Greenwood Cemetery Self-Guided Tour
The Greenwood Cemetery is one of Birmingham's historic treasures.  Founded in 1825 after a grisly murder in the settlement of what is now called Birmingham, the cemetery has been the resting place of many of Birmingham's citizens ever since.  The pleasant setting with shady trees is full of local history; the oldest 1/2 acre section was donated by early settler Dr. Ziba Swan. Take a printable 2 page map brochure with you next time you wander the grounds.  The Greenwood Cemetery is on Oak, west of N. Old Woodward.  The main entrance gate is the east gate.  Note:  Please do not park in the cemetery. Follow the link to learn more about the origins of Greenwood Cemetery. (Photo , 2013,  courtesy Patrica O'Blenes, C&G Newspapers)

Freedom of the Human Spirit-1964 courtesy HometownLifeMarshall Fredericks Walking/Driving Tour
Famous sculptor Marshall Fredericks resided in Birmingham, and his works are among the most important American art of the 20th century. Our community is proud to have so many of his works available for the public to view!   Download a printable 4 page brochure to see a great downtown walking/driving tour with information on each of the sculptures, provided by Fredericks expert Marcy Heller Fisher. (Shown: Freedom of the Human Spirit, Downtown Birmingham's Shain Park; photo courtesy Hometown Life)




summer_2006_from_ron_grossDowntown Birmingham Walking Tour

Birmingham has a long and interesting history.  Many of the residences and commercial buildings in the downtown area have had fascinating roles to play in the town, and some have been around for more than a century.  Take a walking tour and check out some of the more interesting and historic of these structures in this walking tour brochure.    
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Shown: Birmingham Theater, built 1927. Photo courtesy Ron Gross)