What: Fundraising project for Fuquay-Varina Museums
Why: Interested residents and visitors who want to learn about our history.
When: Canceled do to Hurricane Florence
Choices for registration
# 1 Walking Tour: Historic Fuquay: Main Street
Featuring hotels, businesses, mineral springs and persons from the past.
Visualize the Mineral Spring as it was in its “heyday” with all the surrounding buildings. Learn the history of hotels and businesses and how Main Street grew! Where were the famous fires of town? From banking to automobiles, from dry goods to drug stores, Main Street has a rich history to hear!
# 2 Walking Tour: Historic Varina: Broad Street
Featuring warehouses, businesses, depot & life of past.
Tour participants will enjoy visiting Varina from one end of Broad Steet to the other, through the eyes of those who grew up in Varina. Learn about the two bank locations, the Varina hotel, the cotton gin, the depot and rails, with sidelights on stores at different time periods.
# 3 Walking Tour: Historic Academy Street
Featuring schools, parsonages, homes and residents.
Can you give the reason for “Academy Street’s “ name? You will learn this and much more of history of schools, the first library, the Teacherage, the Council Gym and where the Methodist and Baptist preachers lived?
# 4 Walking Tour: Historic Ennis Street
Featuring church, organizations, homes and residents.
Learn Ennis Street’s connections to the “Varina” distinction of our town. How did Faucette Street get its name? Explore the origins of Woman’s Club and The Presbyterian Church. Learn the home of the first high school principal and the famed Ballentine family who lived there all their lives. Every home you will pass will explain more “family” names of our town.
# 5 Walking Tour: Historic District of Fuquay
Featuring homes and persons from the past.
Names from early Fuquay Avenue and Spring Street will be attached to the houses you view along these streets. Hear about Dr. Edwards and Dr. Cheek, J. E. Howard’s family, the Proctor-Barbour Company, and the Walter Aikens Family. Every home you pass will give you more names and history of Fuquay Springs.
# 6 Riding Tour: Trolley ride all around Fuquay-Varina
“Where everything used to be and/or still is.”
Where was Fuquay Springs? Where was Varina? You will be thoroughly aware after this tour. Learn the history of two high schools, businesses, parks, and streets. Travel the “whole” of town from within the comfort of the trolley! This tour is for those unable to enjoy walking. This trip will “tie” up the town with “one bow.”
Times of tours: 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
Number of tours
Cost: $10 per tour per person or 3 tours for $25 per person
By Email: Use this form
Register in person at the Museums: 131 S. Fuquay Ave,
Mondays 10:00-1:00 or Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Mail check to: Friends of the Museums
P. O. Box 2034, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
NOTE: Registrations will be tallied upon receipt of check and choices.
Information will be sent to registrant giving directions and confirmations of tours.
Each tour will be led by experienced and enthusiastic volunteers.
Each tour will be limited to number who can hear/participate well.
First come/first confirmed
Estimated time per tour: 1 hour
No refunds, please. NO Walk-in’s day of tour