Sept. 17 Historical Walk-About features 'Places of Worship'

The River District Association’s third annual series of Historical Walk-Abouts continues Saturday, Sept. 17 with a focus on “Places of Worship.” The outdoor walking tours are free and open to the public.

The River District is home to many beautiful buildings, and the churches located in the central city are some of the most magnificent. Rusticated stone, beautiful carved doors, towering spires, and sparkling stained glass are a few of the sights to enjoy on this month’s Historical Walk-About, which explores some of the city’s oldest churches.

Many of these congregations have been tempted to move over the years, but each has made a commitment to Rockford’s downtown. They are proud of their buildings and have made creative adaptations to remain in their urban setting. Many of the churches will allow attendees to view the interiors, so it will be an inspiring morning.

Start time is 10 a.m., and the tour will last about two hours. Those attending are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early. Meeting location is at the north side of the North Main Street Pedestrian Mall at the intersection of West State and North Main streets. Free parking is available on the street, and in nearby surface lots and parking decks.

For more information, contact Kim Wheeler at the River District Association at 964-6221 or visit

River District Association is a private, nonprofit organization with business and residential members. The organization’s mission is to create a growing, thriving, prosperous business and residential community in the heart of the city. River District is a downtown neighborhood with geographical boundaries. With more than 460 members, the organization works to plan, promote, and preserve the District’s assets and heritage.

From the Sept. 14-20, 2005, issue

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