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Downtown walking tours step back in time

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David McConkey leads a tour of heritage buildings and the stories behind them, Saturday afternoon in the downtown. The tour was part of the annual Doors Open Brandon event, which helps show and educate the public about the city's history.

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David McConkey leads a tour of heritage buildings and the stories behind them, Saturday afternoon in the downtown. The tour was part of the annual Doors Open Brandon event, which helps show and educate the public about the city's history.

Pamphlets and old photographs help, but what better way to learn about Brandon’s rich history than ditching the car and taking part in a guided walking tour?

Dozens of Brandonites took to the streets Saturday afternoon for a Historic Downtown Walking Tour as part of the 10th annual Doors Open Brandon Heritage Tour.

Led by history buff and Brandon Sun columnist David McConkey, the groups weaved in and around downtown Brandon highlighting the bounty of municipal and provincial heritage sites during four one-hour tours offered.

Among the first in line was Margaret Whetter who says her curiousity is insatiable when it comes to learning about the history of Brandon and how its shaped the city today.

"I’m very very interested in historical buildings and when I first came to Brandon I got this little brochure of the walking tours of the houses and I just spent so much time looking at those buildings and just admiring them," she said. "I love Brandon for that reason. Its just got beautiful architecture. It really does.

Whetter moved to Brandon from Deloraine less than a year ago and says she was enamoured by the city’s downtown right from the get-go.

"I’ve notice the architecture downtown before. I’ve always loved downtown and I wish it were more lively," she said.

Many of the participants said the restoration work ongoing at the old Canadian Pacific Railway station and at McKenzie Seeds is an encouraging step in the right direction.

Sixteen local heritage sites — private homes, museums, public buildings and others — threw open their doors to the public this weekend for Doors Open Brandon.

In previous years nearly 800 people have taken advantage of the opportunity to learn about the unique architecture of each destination, and in some cases, its restoration and décor.

Daly House Museum, Moreland Manor, St. Matthew’s Anglican Church and the former B.J. Hales residence are just a few of the 16 heritage sites that were featured in the free, self-guided tours.
 

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