Touring Historic Albany

If you’re in Albany, chances are you want to see one of the things we’re most famous for–our historic buildings. Albany’s historic districts are home to the most varied collection of architectural styles in the entire state. We’ve got more than 700 historic buildings dating from the 1840s to the 1920s, and it’s all concentrated within an area of approximately 100 square blocks.

Outside of town, Linn County is home to many historic covered bridges–these peaceful reminders of the past are additional historic landmarks popular with visitors.

It’s a lot to explore! But we’ve got both self-guided exterior tours and annual interior tours that can guide you through your tour of historic Albany.

Self Guided Tours

“Seems Like Old Times” Walking/Driving Tour

“Seems Like Old Times” is the name we’ve given to our self-guided walking tour of historic architecture that covers three of Albany’s nationally registered historic districts. It includes maps with suggested walking routes and detailed descriptions of the buildings you’ll pass along the way, plus a guide to Albany’s architectural styles.

To make a day of it, you might tour the Monteith Historic District on the west side of town in the morning, have lunch in the Downtown Historic District, and head to the Hackleman Historic District for the afternoon.

Download our self-guided tour publication: Seems Like Old Times

Covered Bridges Driving/Cycling Tour

Linn County’s covered bridge loop is a perfect road trip or countryside cycling route. An approximately 30-mile loop will take visitors through five of Linn County’s covered bridges closest to Albany. Travelers with a little more time can continue to see three addition bridges on the full Linn County bridge tour. Take a picnic lunch and visit one or all of the eight bridges in scenic Linn County.

Download a PDF with turn-by-turn directions: Covered Bridge Tour

Annual Historic Tours

Summer Tour of Historic Homes 2017

Albany’s Summer Tour of Historic Homes is scheduled for Saturday, July 29,
2017, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This tour features historic homes, the United Presbyterian
Church, Downtown Carnegie Library, Albany Regional Museum, Monteith House
Museum, and the Historic Carousel & Museum. It is a self-guided tour and
many of the homes and buildings are within walking distance of each other.
Ticket price also includes trolley and horse-drawn wagon rides.

Visitors can tour the homes in any order they like. Homeowners and
Hosts/Hostesses will be available to answer questions about restoration
efforts, historic house maintenance and why they chose Albany as home.

Tickets available on the day of the tour beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Albany
Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave SE. Adults $15.00, Seniors and Groups of 10
or more $12.00, Monteith House Museum Members $10.00, Children 12 & under,
free with paid adult. For more information, call 541-928-0911 or
800-526-5526, or e-mail info@albanyvisitors.com.

Christmas Parlour Tour

Enjoy an old-fashioned holiday celebration in Historic Albany, Oregon. The
Christmas Parlour Tour is held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the second Sunday in December, each year. It offers tours of several beautifully-decorated historic homes,
churches, museums, the Carnegie library and the chance to experience the
sights and sounds of a Victorian-style holiday. Hot drinks, entertainment,
and trolley and horse-drawn wagon rides are all included in the $15 ticket
price, senior, child and group rates are available. Contact the Albany Visitors
Association for more information, 541-928-0911 or 800-526-5526, or e-mail
info@albanyvisitors.com.

Historic Through Headstones Tour

If you’re fascinated by the history waiting to be explored in pioneer-era cemeteries, attend the History Through Headstones Tour sponsored by the Albany Regional Museum. Guides will lead a walking tour through Albany’s historic cemeteries, telling the stories that the headstones and artwork only hint at. The tour is held each summer. For more information, call (541) 967-7122.