By Kayleigh Rahn
The City of Tuscola will launch a virtual tour of Tuscola this week, and community members are invited to give the interactive website a walk through during the Our Town event Friday.
The five virtual tours – Historic Homes, Cemetery Walk, Businesses, Streets & Subdivisions, and Points of Interest – highlight 100 points throughout the city, says Tuscola tourism director Anna Nelson.
“We really just had to establish a stopping point, but we know there are things that aren’t included that we plan to go back and add later,” Nelson said. “I have a feeling once we launch this people will stop by to let us know about something that needs to be included. That will be good for people who have information to share with us, too. So, we are definitely planning to expand past the 100 points.”
The site will go live this week, leading up to the Our Town broadcast on Friday, Aug. 17 when the Douglas County Museum will lead tours of 15 downtown points and a quick preview of how the site works. The tours will be a part of the Our Town Tuscola festivities that will kick off at 4 p.m. with a market and activities.
“The museum will be doing this as a fundraiser,” Nelson said. “They will be showing people how to access the site and give guided tours with information from the website, which I think will be really fun.”
The tours will begin at 5 p.m. and will continue on the hour through 7 p.m.
The group has been working on the map since January, though Nelson said the conversation started years ago.
“It was before I even started working here,” Nelson said. “The tourism board wanted to do something with all the information from the sesquicentennial when they did the history tours.”
The sesquicentennial celebration took place in 2007, and at that time research was completed for bus tours of points of interest throughout town and a cemetery walk at Tuscola Township Cemetery.