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Belmont’s History Walk is a great way to see the town any time of year

Dec 19, 2019 11:29AM

The holidays are a favorite season to participate in time-honored traditions that bring a nostalgic warmth to our hearts - an opportunity to reminisce with family and friends about our shared past.  The City of Belmont and the Main Street Advisory Board/ Downtown Belmont Development Association are happy to offer you and your family an outdoor, fun way to experience Belmont’s past, on your own time and at your own pace this holiday season as well as the rest of the year.  The only things you’ll need are an iOS or Android device, such as your smart phone, a free download of the “Belmont Go” app from the Google Play or App store, and perhaps comfortable shoes.

This interactive walk immerses you in Belmont’s history through written word, historical images and resident interview audio clips.  The walk is available by free download on the Belmont Go app, which (if you so choose) utilizes GPS to automatically activate the text, images and audio when you are near the historic sites.  You can also enjoy it without the GPS connectivity and read, view and listen at the time and place of your choosing, even if that’s in your own living room. 

The Belmont History Walk contains 35 stops covering much of Belmont’s Historic Downtown business district, including certain Chronicle District historic sites. 

The historical information and audio content for this walk were created through the efforts of Ron Foulk, Mark Fisher and Angela Street of the Main Street Design Committee, with the assistance of many of Belmont’s long-term residents, businesses and organizations such as Millican Pictorial History Museum, the Belmont Historical Society, and the Belmont Banner.  A special thanks goes to voice-over artist John Causby of Groundcrew Studios for volunteering his talents for the walk’s audio introduction and to the many Belmont residents who shared their knowledge, their personal stories, and, for some, their voice, to help document the history via citizen interview: Bob Atterberry, Eloise Armstrong Buthe, Dick Cromlish, Vince Hill, Jack Page, Max Robinson, Robert Stowe III, Jonathan Taylor, and Frank Traywick.  

The Belmont History Walk was created in an effort to bring awareness of Belmont’s history, foster a sense of connection to its historic downtown buildings and promote walkability and connectivity of its downtown districts.  The project is still on-going, with a goal of continuing the walk to Belmont’s River District in the future.  Anyone having unique historic information they’d like to share specific to sites within any of Belmont’s three historic districts can contact the Main Street Design Committee via [email protected] 

We look forward to seeing you in Belmont!