We believe history is far from boring — or at least it should be! For that reason, we’ve sprinkled a number of special events across the calendar year to encourage and entice the public’s curiosity about Fort Wayne’s past, present and future. Take note of our online Calendar, and join us for any and all of these fun happenings!
Each June, ARCH hosts a Historic Home and Garden tour that features one of Fort Wayne’s notable neighborhoods or architects. We work with these neighborhoods to plan and provide tour-planning expertise and split the tour’s proceeds so that both organizations can continue and complete historic preservation projects. Tours are strategically designed to be managed in an afternoon and often include a special guest lecture relating to the neighborhood’s key features on the previous evening.
2015's Home Tour will feature the homes of Southwood Park. The last time we featured the magnificent homes of this southside gem, we had record-breaking attendance. New to the tour this year will be a food and art fair. The tour will be held on the last Saturday of Junefrom 10-4pm. Tickets $12.00/Advance, $15.00/Day of Tour, Children 12 & under are free with a paid adult.
Food and Artist Vendors: As part of the tour this year, we are introducing a food and art fair. Two blocks of Southwood Park will be shut down to traffic and will host artist/craft booths and food vendors/trucks. We are currently looking for artists and food vendors for the fair. If you wish to participate in the food and art fair, please download the vendor agreement below and return the forms to ARCH, Inc by June 1st, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Graf, 260-426-5117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year ARCH will also host a second Historic Home and Garden tour featuring the Harrison Hill neighborhood to celebrate their centenary anniversary. Look for more details of this fall tour coming soon.
Just about the time things get a little crisp and creepy in northeast Indiana, ARCH hosts a number of tours designed to make your spine tingle! Through the month of October, our Fright Site Hikes take gullible victims on easy walking tours to some of downtown Fort Wayne’s spookiest haunts. During Downtown Fright Night, we host our Haunted Sites Bus Tours. All tours require tickets for a nominal charge; young children are welcome with parent or guardian. The tickets will go on sale on September 19th.
Tickets for the walking tours: $10 Adult/ $5 Ages 6-17/ Free for ages 5 & under. Tickets can be purchased in advance starting Friday September 19th.
Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: Historic Tales of Fort Wayne’s Nefarious Past
This is not your ordinary walking tour. Hear the truth about Fort Wayne’s dark and bloody past filled with murder, hangings, and feuds. WARNING: This tour is not for the faint at heart and may not be suitable for all ages.
Saturday October 4th ~ 7PM – Leaves from the Fort Wayne Visitor’s Center
Saturday October 18th ~ 6-10 PM – Leaves from the Indiana Hotel Lobby during Downtown Fright Night! Tours start every hour on the hour.
Haunted History: The Darker Side of West Central
The West Central Historic District is full of creepy tales filled with ghosts, grave robbers, and death! WARNING: If you’re scared ghosts, be warned. This tour may not be suitable for all ages.
Saturday October 11th & 25th ~ 7pm. Both tours leave from the parking lot of the USF Performing Arts Center (Scottish Rite).
Tickets for the walking tours: $10 Adult/ $5 Ages 6-17/ Free for ages 5 & under.
Haunted Sites Bus Tours: All Aboard the Coach of Chills
Three spooky bus tours usher you through historic sites of fright, with tales of terror that cloud our city’s night.
Saturday October 18th ~ 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. Bus tours leave from the Indiana Hotel Lobby during Downtown Fright Night.
Tickets for the bus tours: $15 Adult/$10 Ages 5-17.
Each December, we toast to the holidays during a delightful evening with friends and food! This is a progressive feast that typically features stops at three of Fort Wayne’s intriguing architectural gems and tables filled with scrumptious food and libations. Tickets are required, and we encourage evening or holiday attire.