Have you ever wondered what changed when Cincinnatians stepped over the canal and into Over-the-Rhine? Our South of Liberty tour weaves visitors through the stories of Over-the-Rhine’s earliest residents between the Miami-Ohio Canal (now Central Parkway) and Liberty Street. Starting in the early 1800s with stories of German immigrants, we’ll explore how different people lived in this neighborhood over its long history. The tour concludes by talking about the homes and lives of more recent residents of Over-the-Rhine—Appalachian and African American families. This tour begins at Music Hall (1241 Elm Street).
Tickets are free but registration is required and tour capacity is limited to 20. Due to the high demand for tickets and the limited spaces available, only four spots can be reserved per email address.
These walking tours are strenuous; you will be on your feet for the full two hours the tour lasts. The route includes uneven, broken sidewalks and brick alleys. Although there are no stairs, the tours are not handicap accessible; wheelchairs, strollers, shoes with wheels and pets are not allowed. Wear sturdy walking shoes; no high heels or flip flops.
Children under eight will likely find this tour boring. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent.
No dogs or other animals allowed.
There are toilets near the beginning and end of the tour, but there are no rest stops along the tour. Tour members should bring water and wear clothing appropriate for the weather, as well as hats and sunglasses. The tours will take place rain or shine except in dangerous weather such as an active thunderstorm.
Tour members will be required to sign a waiver prior to the tour and in consideration of the free tour, tour members will be asked to complete an evaluation form at the end of the tour.
Public parking is available at the garage below Washington Park with entrances on both Race and Elm streets. Please allow ample time to park your car so you can get to the starting point on time. Better yet, park somewhere else and take the Streetcar to Music Hall at the 14th & Elm Street stop and you will be right at the starting point of the tour!