Walking Tour of Shipoke – part 2

June 16, 2015 in Events by brian

Walking Tour of the History, Architecture and Folklore of Shipoke

When: Saturday, June 20, 9:30 a.m.

Where: This walk starts and ends at the John Harris grave (in the park across from the Harris Mansion at Front and Washington)

Enrollment Limit:  15

This walk will explore the history of what is now known as the Shipoke neighborhood of Harrisburg.  The walking tour will feature discussion about the history of the neighborhood; people who have lived in the neighborhood and its architecture. The guide will trace its evolution from the intersection of two major Indian trails; to the site of the Harris trading post and ferry; to a thriving post-civil war industrial neighborhood; its decline to one of the roughest sections of the city; and then its subsequent gentrification. In many ways the story of Shipoke is the story of America–at least industrial America with its economic highs and lows and waves of changing cultural groups trying to build a good life for themselves.

The total length of the walk is a little less than two miles and will be completed in about seventy minutes. Although it will be done at a leisurely pace, all walkers should wear sturdy walking shoes. The walk begins and ends at the John Harris grave in Riverfront Park in Harrisburg. 

There is no charge, but a donation of $5 per-person is suggested. All donations will go to the Shipoke Neighborhood Association for neighborhood beautification projects.

The guide is Glen Dunbar, a longtime resident of Shipoke and local history enthusiast. For more information and to make a reservation contact: glendunbar@verizon.net . (Walks at other dates and times can be scheduled for groups of 7 or more).