The public is invited to take a walking tour of the historic Everett Neighborhood the evening of Thursday, September 24. The walking tour will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the F. M. Hall mansion at 11th and "D" streets and will feature some of Lincoln's oldest residences in an area that has been described as Lincoln's "first neighborhood."
"Everett has unmatched variety of historic housing types," said City Historic Preservation Planner Ed Zimmer, who will lead the tour. "We'll see Queen Anne mansions and tidy bungalows, historic apartments and one of Lincoln's very few French Second Empire houses." The tour also will include Everett Elementary and historic churches of the Germans from Russia and the African American community. Several neighborhood properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sharon Johnson of the Everett Neighborhood Association Board said the group created the tour to help showcase what they love about their neighborhood. "This is a way to celebrate the hard work of so many who have contributed to improving the livability of our neighborhood," Johnson said. "All of Lincoln needs the opportunity to come visit while enjoying a fall evening learning about the historic neighborhood homes."
Jon Carlson, Mayoral Aide for the Stronger Safer Neighborhoods Initiative, said the City and NeighborWorks Lincoln have been investing resources in Everett and surrounding neighborhoods for the past year as part of a larger effort to improve neighborhoods. "The walking tour helps highlight why families choose the Everett neighborhood as a great place to live and work," Carlson said. "Along with lovely historic homes, it's close to downtown with good schools and convenient neighborhood shops."
The tour will return to the F. M. Hall mansion for light refreshments from Ruby and Cordelia's Fine Tea Room and ice cream from Zesto's. Participants should wear comfortable shoes and be able to walk the mile involved. For more information, contact Sharon Johnson at 432-3942 or Pat Anderson-Sifuentez at 617-1580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.