One of Monterey's most educational traditions is History Fest, held every October. This year's events include behind-the-scenes tours of some of Monterey's museums and archives; "An Evening with the Three Historians," a free lecture on Monterey's rich history at the Monterey Maritime and History Museum; Mexican War and Civil War reenactors at Custom House Plaza and the Presidio; kids' activities at the Custom House on Saturday and Sunday; blacksmithing demonstrations; and, on Saturday, the first annual Squid Day. The Defense Language Institute will even open its doors for a day for free guided tours of the historic buildings of the Upper Presidio to compliment the walking tours of the Lower Presidio Historic Park. We're commemorating History Fest this year with a special Monterey County History and Heritage Itinerary. Use the itinerary as a jumping-off point for a three-day whirlwind tour of Monterey County's many historic sites. The itinerary takes you to many of the area's well-known historic and cultural destinations. You'll also go on a historic hike, possibly spot some whales, and even dine at a restaurant that's rumored to be haunted! No Monterey County history itinerary would be complete without a walk on the Path of History, the walking path that links together over 50 historic sites in Monterey. If you've been mystified by the history of all those old buildings as you wander, wonder no more! Download the free SeeMonterey Path of History Audio Tour. This audio tour allows you to walk the Path of History at your own pace. It's loaded with fascinating facts about Monterey's history. See the house that a woman sold all of Pebble Beach to buy, hear about one of Monterey's founding fathers' scandalous history, and learn the creative methods Walter Colton used to get the funds to build Colton Hall. Just press pause if you want to take a break or spend more time exploring a certain historic site. What do you think is the biggest must-see historic spot in Monterey County?
Download our free Path of History audio tour for Monterey History Fest!
Posted on: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 8:37 AM by Nicole Gustas