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Summer on a Budget: A free day of history

Posted August 14, 2008

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— Free tours are available to help visitors delve into the histories of Raleigh and Durham.

Preservation Durham is offering free walking tours showcasing the city’s architecture and history. Tours run from April through November.

Coordinator of Preservation Durham Andrew Edmonds said the tour features the Hill Building and Kress Building, among other landmarks.

Ed Clayton, a tour guide for at the old state Capitol building in Raleigh, takes visitors on a tour through North Carolina government. Clayton said most people who take the Capitol tour are from outside the Triangle.

“I think we are missing something. It’s a great treasure in our backyard. This is where our history was made,” Clayton said.

Group tours, as well as individual tours, are available.

The governor keeps an office in the building, but the General Assembly moved into a nearby building in the 1960s.

“They've done a lot of restoration work and it's fabulous to see what this was like in the mid 1850's. It's a nice piece of history you don't get to see in the classroom,” said Megan Noble who was visiting the museum with fellow high school teacher Heidi Morse.

On Monday, Kim Dean will continue her Summer on a Budget series with free museums off the beaten path.

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  • TheAdmiral Aug 14, 2008

    I don't know if I would visit or not - I would be afraid that the corruption from the legislature would rub off.

  • NC is my home Aug 14, 2008

    The best free tour of history in Raleigh is the NC Museum of History. There you have a variety of exhibits: sports, military, fashions, music & it's all in one air conditioned place!