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Louisville Historic Tours

Louisville, KY, USA
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About Louisville Historic Tours
As recommended by The New York Times, this tour is the best way to discover America's Grandest Victorian Neighborhood. Seven days a week from March 15-November (and select off-season dates) we highlight the eye-popping architecture and fascinating history in one of the country's largest historic districts, Old Louisville. In the late 1880s, as the famous Southern Exposition drew hundreds of thousands of visitors to Kentucky's largest city, bourbon barons, racetrack royalty, and titans of tobacco constructed impressive Gilded Age residences. They left a visual legacy of stone and brick mansions and townhomes that run the gamut of Victorian architectural splendor. Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Châteauesque, Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, Georgian—these are just some of the styles scattered over 40-square blocks just a mile from downtown Louisville. Daytime tours focus on architecture; evening walks highlight haunted history and legends. Since 2004, we are the ORIGINAL. 90 min.
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Old Louisville Ghost Tour as Recommended by The New York Times

Old Louisville is a fascinating preservation district that has been gaining more and more national exposure because of its impressive collection of Victorian mansions and quirky residents. Developed primarily in the 1880s and 1890s, it once counted as the most sought-after residential enclave in the Derby City. This tour is based on books by author and storyteller David Dominé, who is an expert on Old Louisville and its history. He often shows up to guide the tours himself. The tales shared involve personal experiences and neighborhood gossip. The New York Times recommends a tour with his company, Louisville Historic Tours, as the first thing not to miss during a visitors "36 Hours in Louisville."

Please do not confuse our tours with other tours such as those offered downtown. We specialize in tours of Old Louisville, "America's Most Haunted Neighborhood." We depart from the corner of Fourth and Ormsby. If you love old houses and spooky history, this is the tour for you!
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Old Louisville Walking Tour as Recommended by The New York Times!

Since 2004, Louisville Historic Tours offers the ORIGINAL guided walk of Old Louisville, "America's Most Exuberant Neighborhood." Our tours are based on the research and writings of David Dominé, an expert on Old Louisville and its colorful history, and he often shows up to guide the tours in person. Unlike other companies, we still run the tour, even if only 1 person is signed up.

If you're a fan of Victorian history and old houses, this is the tour for you. We give you a comprehensive overview and tours typically last 90 minutes. We don't showcase just St. James Court and Central Park at the heart of the neighborhood, we also show you Ormsby Avenue, Park Avenue cottages, Floral Terrace walking court, the Witches' Tree, Millionaires Row, and the transitional edge of Old Louisville. Don't confuse us with our recent competition in the park: Our tour covers 20 blocks, whereas other neighborhood walking tours only involve 10 blocks.
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1 hour 30 minutes
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Nanette B wrote a review Aug 8
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Excellant tour, lots of walking, great information. Guide was superior in knowledge. We had a wonderful time.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from David D, Owner at Louisville Historic Tours
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Thanks so much for coming to see us in Old Louisville. We're glad you enjoyed your tour!
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Claudia C wrote a review Aug 3
Grand Rapids, Michigan17 contributions
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We had a great time walking around Louisville Old town with somebody trully knowledgeable as David. He walk us through some really beautiful alleys while sharing a lot of historical info about the city. He also gave us a lot of valuable info about what to visit in the area. I
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Response from David D, Owner at Louisville Historic Tours
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Thanks for coming to see us in Old Louisville, Claudia! Safe travels!
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Kacey H wrote a review Aug 3
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We loved every part of the tour! The houses, the walk, the spooky stories!! It was so fun learning about the history of some of the biggest mansions in Louisville! If you are ever in Louisville and need something to do, this is it!!! David is a great tour guide!!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from David D, Owner at Louisville Historic Tours
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks so much for the nice review! We hope to see you soon again in Old Louisville!
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MarthaRossYall wrote a review Aug 3
Nashville, Tennessee, United States55 contributions23 helpful votes
This was a fantastic tour of Old Louisville. David was so knowledgeable and engaging. I learned so much about the history of the area and saw some gorgeous homes. If you are into historic homes and history, this tour will not disappoint. Walking route is easy, park on the
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david m wrote a review Aug 2
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I enjoyed the architecture and the stories. The weather was not optimal. I think it would be better if it started later-at least in the summer so that it is dark outside. Also, being able to go inside some structure would be nice!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from David D, Owner at Louisville Historic Tours
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Thank you for coming to Old Louisville!
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