Dr. Donald D'Amato, history professor at Springfield Technical Community College, will lead a walking tour along lower State Street on Saturday, April 14, from 10:30-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street, off Chestnut Street.
D'Amato will describe how the area would have appeared to Springfield's earliest settlers. He'll talk about quicksand bogs, the "Skunk's Misery" ravine, the Goose Ponds, the town brook and other natural features, some of which still exist under the streets and buildings of the city. The tour is part of the Second Saturday Walking Tour series, co-sponsored by the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association and the Springfield Museums. Walking tour tickets are available in the museum Welcome Center on Edwards Street and are free for members of the civic association or of the museums. Tickets for non-members are $5 per person. All proceeds will go toward improvements to the neighborhood. The walking tour ticket will also provide $2 off the price of an adult admission to the Springfield Museums on the day of the tour. For additional information, call the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association at 413-747-1830.