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Walking Tours

Looking for an evening stroll or weekend adventure? Select one of three, or all three, Downtown Burlington walking guides and step back into a bit of Burlington history. 


Downtown Burlington Commercial National Historic District 
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Named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2015, this comprehensive district consists of 108 key buildings that span more than a century of Burlington’s commercial development. From the core of the original city near the riverfront and stretching west along Jefferson, the principal business street, these buildings represent Burlington’s rise and prominence as a commercial center from the 1860s through the 1960s and beyond. Shaped by the topography of the Hawkeye Creek valley between the bluffs, the historic downtown is punctuated by a unique “steeplescape” that draws comparisons to European river cities. You’ll find a wealth of architectural gems, from Italianate to High Victorian to Art Deco, unmatched by any city its size. In recent years, many buildings have been carefully restored, and additional restoration and redevelopment continues.

Interactive digital tour of the Commercial District.

Heritage Hill National Historic District  
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The fashionable residential neighborhood of Heritage Hill, named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, lines the northern sector of downtown Burlington. Convenient access to commercial and cultural activities made the Hill socially desirable during the status-conscious period of 1870 – 1900. In its earlier years, Heritage Hill had a high concentration of German families, as evidenced by the close proximity of three German-speaking churches. Nearly 160 structures reflect many architectural periods and styles, including Late Victorian, Greek and Gothic Revivals, Italian Villa, Queen Anne and Georgian.

Interactive digital tour of the Heritage Hill District.


Manufacturing and Wholesale National Historic District 
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Named to the National Register in 2012, the distinctive large brick buildings of the “warehouse district” date to the late 19th and early 20th century. They were built by the companies that made Burlington a major hub of manufacturing and wholesaling for products such as furniture, saddles and leather goods, linseed oil, groceries, drugs, chocolate, and candy. Today the district is seeing revitalization with new residential spaces going into these historic buildings.

Interactive digital tour of the Manufacturing Wholesale District.


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