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Tours will explore Blairsville’s past, anti-slavery movement

Jeff Himler

Visitors to Blairsville can relive the community’s past, including its role in the 19th century anti-slavery movement, by taking a History at High Noon tour on Saturday .

Presented by the Blairsville Area Underground Railroad historical group, the guided walking tours will allow participants to meet volunteers portraying figures from the Underground Railroad and prominent citizens from the town’s earlier days.

The tour will visit the site where the Exchange Hotel once offered hospitality, at the town’s central “Diamond” intersection. It also will stop near the former G. C Murphy store, for a portrayal of John Sephus Mack, an area native who became president of that five-and-dime chain.

Space is limited on the hour-long tours, which are available beginning at noon on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tours will depart every 5 to 10 minutes near Founders Gallery and Gifts, 157 W. Campbell St., Blairsville. The cost is $3 per person. Those under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

A Fall Fest featuring music, food and arts and crafts will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the same day on North Liberty Street, near the gallery and gift shop.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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