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Before there was a Columbus, there was Franklinton. On this delicious walking tour, guests will experience the rich history of the neighborhood while exploring some of the many craft beer & food stops that are putting Franklinton on the map today: Brewdog, Land Grant, Strongwater Food & Spirits, Ray Ray’s, and Rehab Tavern.

And, trust us when we say that nobody knows more about the neighborhood than your tour guide, Jim Sweeney. As Executive Director of the Franklinton Development Association from 2002-2016 and co-founder of the Franklinton Arts District, Jim was a key leader behind Franklinton’s renaissance and is now widely recognized as the unofficial ‘mayor’ of the neighborhood.

Jim will lead you on an exploration of the new trajectory of the neighborhood and what its revival means for both Columbus and the residents of the neighborhood, with exclusive peeks into some of the private spaces from which the arts have shaped the character of the neighborhood, including 400 West Rich, Idea Foundry, The Vanderelli Room, and more. You’ll also hear about the backstory of “the Bottoms”, the great flood of 1913, the African American company that extruded uranium for World War 2 atomic bombs, and more.

Don’t miss it!

This tour is priced at $62 which includes tastings of a variety of beverages and/or food at five locations and a guide with extensive local history knowledge. This walking tour starts on Saturdays at 1pm, lasts approximately 3.5 hours and involves a leisurely one mile stroll. We are able to accommodate vegetarians with advance notice. We are unable to accommodate other dietary restrictions.

This tour is for guests 21 and older.

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