Manchester walkers can learn on the move

August 21, 2012 by  

An annual stroll through Manchester to visit the middle of Cheney Brothers Landmark Historical District makes up the Cheney District History Walk, for which local history-hunters may consider dusting off their walking boots.

The tour visits the silk mills, Cheney Hall, the previous Cheney Machine Shop, South Manchester Railroad, Old Manchester Museum, and the worker housing neighborhoods. The walk covers a distance of 1.25 miles and usually takes about two hours to finish. The director of the Institute of Local History, Chris Paulin, from Manchester Community College, will make a speech on labor relations, the history of the silk mills, and social networking of Manchester in earlier days.

Everybody will be meeting at 146 Hartford Road, at the Fuss and O’Neill building, which was once the Cheney Office Building. Built in 1910, the Cheney Office Building used to be where the new employees of the mill would come to file their paperwork before beginning their jobs.

There is no cost to participate in the Cheney District History Walk, though the Manchester Historical Society would appreciate any donations. Print companies have probably completed flyer printing for the walk, along with informational materials for the afternoon of the event. Two handouts will be given before the walk to provide information on the history and the District.

Taking place on September 29, the Cheney District History Walk begins at 1:00 pm. Cheney Brothers Historic District Commission, the Manchester Historical Society, and MCC’s Institute of Local History are co-sponsors of the annual event. For further information, visit the Manchester Historical Society website.