National Historic Preservation Month
In 2020, Albany’s month long celebration of National Historic Preservation will look a little different than in past years, We want to keep everyone safe and healthy, and will be updating this list of activities that can be done virtually or by using recommended physical distancing best practices. Part of Albany’s grace is that we work with our many business and government partners to keep you engaged, even if you feel house-bound. So let’s get excited about how to stay in touch and celebrate our history! See our blog for the 2020 line up and keep checking back with our calendar for fun activities.
Antiques in the Streets
Each September, the Saturday after Labor Day Browse through Historic Downtown Albany with antiques literally filling the streets. For more information contact the Albany Antique Mall, 541-704-0109.
Summer Historic Interior Homes Tour
Last Saturday in July, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. The summer tour emphasizes architecture and will feature several historic homes in various states of restoration. Homeowners and hosts/hostesses will be available to answer questions about restoration efforts, historic house maintenance and why they chose Albany as home. Ticket price is $15.00. Ticket price includes light refreshments, trolley and horse-drawn wagon rides. 541-928-0911 or 800-526-2256.
Watch the summer home tour video and get a feel for what it’s like.
Christmas Parlour Tour
Second Sunday in December, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tour the parlours of several historic homes beautifully decorated and experience the sights and sounds of the Victorian holiday. Costumed carolers and vendors will delight you on the way. Ticket price is $15.00. Ticket price includes hot drinks, entertainment, and trolley and horse-drawn wagon rides. 541-928-0911 or 800-526-2256.
History Through Headstones Tour
If you’ve always been fascinated by the elaborate headstones and cemetery artwork of bygone eras, come to Albany in mid-July for the “History Through Headstones” Tour. This guided walking tour takes visitors through Albany’s pioneer cemeteries, where you can learn the stories behind the monuments. Held annually in July; sponsored by the Albany Regional Museum; 541-967-7122 for details.
Once Again, the Albany Visitors Association is helping to make the holiday season bright by sponsoring the Annual Night Time Magic Holiday Light Program. Residents are encouraged to enter a contest for best use of lights in decorating the exterior of their homes. People wishing to drive the route to look at the participating locations can pick up a list of participants and a map at the Albany Visitors Association beginning mid-December. Lights will be on through December. Call the Albany Visitors Association for more information. 541-928-0911 or 800-526-2256.
For even more great year-round events, visit our monthly event calendar.