Tickets on sale, plans firming for WWII tour in Ashland

Nearly 400 attended the 2014 Downtown Walking Tour and learned about the history of Ashland.

Nearly 400 attended the 2014 Downtown Walking Tour and learned about the history of Ashland.

ASHLAND, Ky. Members of the Eastern Kentucky Military Historic Society met Monday to prepare downtown Ashland to go back in time.

The organization along with churches and business plotted out the routes and took a mini tour of what will be expected in the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center’s second World War II walking tour.

The tour is June 13 and tickets are on sale now.

“We have already exceeded the amount of tickets we sold this time last year,” said society president Matt Potter.

This year’s tour promises to be bigger and better with more businesses and churches involved, Potter said. Participants will be able to tour many churches along the route and get to see what they looked like during the WWII era.

“The churches will have photographs set up inside and some even having veterans to answer questions,” said Potter.

Businesses will also be participating in the tour with literature and information about their buildings. The Highlands museum will be open as will Steen’s Military Museum in the former post office building, giving participants a closer look at machinery and weapons used in the war.

“There will also be more than 30 pictures hung up along Winchester of the area during the WWII era,”  he said.

Tours will start at the Highlands Museum at 10 a.m. on the tour date and the last group will leave the museum at 3:30 p.m. The route spans most of the length of downtown Winchester Ave and will include buildings with restrooms and drinking water.

Plans are still in the works to get golf carts or wheelchairs for those who can not walk the route.

“ A lot of people really enjoyed it last year,” said Potter.

Tickets are on sale and may be purchased up to the day of the tour for $10. Children under 12 are free. Tours will be divided into 12 groups with 25 people in each. Following the tours, participants will get the chance to be serenated by the CK Alumni Band.

The 50-piece band will perform on Winchester Avenue between 16th and 17th streets.

Contact the Highlands Museum, 329-8888, for information and tickets.


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