All walking tours are available for group tours year-round, by appointment, and are perfect for tourist groups, family outings, birthday parties, company parties, corporate activities, team building, and more. Tours may be booked via email or phone at 360-993-5679.
Summer History Walking Tours
$8 single tour | $60 season pass
All tour purchases include same-day admission to the museum.
Summer is the right time to wander through and learn the stories of people who have lived, worked, and carved out their place in Clark County. Our history tours offer a fascinating glimpse through the windows of time, offering a mix of memories, research, and architectural details.
For each tour, guides will lead up to 25 people for approximately a mile, making frequent stops along the way to view buildings, tell stories, and answer questions. Good walking shoes and balance aids are recommended; terrain varies and consists mostly of city sidewalks.
Tours happen rain or shine, so please dress for the weather. Comfortable shoes and water are recommended. There are no restroom stops on the tours.
Tour are held 10:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Each weekend highlights a different destination:
From Butterbars to Oak Leafs (June 19-20): Did you know the Military’s Post Exchange System began right here in Vancouver? Spend a morning with us learning about the history the Fort Vancouver, why the Post Exchange was developed, and of the unique military figures that called the Fort home.
Homegrown (June 26-27): From beautiful Craftsman homes to towering Gothic churches, the residential neighborhoods of downtown Vancouver are full of wondrous sights and stories. On Friday, June 26th, we’ll start outside the Slocum House and explore the Esther Short Neighborhood. While Saturday, June 27th, join us for a tour of the historic homes of the Hough Neighborhood.
Business and Brews (July 10-11): Take a tour through through the notable buildings and events in the history of Downtown Vancouver. Along the way, we’ll stop at an historic establishment to enjoy a refreshment before continuing the tour.
Old City Cemetery (July 17-18): Whether you are a history buff, love funerary art, or are just curious about the people who shaped this community, a visit to historic Old City Cemetery is a treat! Hear stories of the leaders and visionaries of Vancouver, learn about their struggles and triumphs in building a new life for their families, as we explore one of the city’s earliest cemeteries.
NEW! The Woman’s Star (July 24-25): Vancouver has a long history of powerful, prominent woman both in and out of politics. Spend time with us learning about key female figures in Vancouver’s history – their accomplishments, disappointments, and the lasting mark they left on this community. Then be sure to join us August 21st for the opening of our newest exhibit (Her)story: Founders, Leaders, and Visionaries which explores the women who have shaped Clark County throughout time.
AROUND THE COUNTY
Downtown Ridgefield (July 31- Aug 1): Start your City Days weekend celebration with a tour of Old Town Ridgefield. We’ll begin at Overlook Park and enjoy a tour of the sites of the early businesses and landmarks that are still the heart of the community.
Downtown Camas (August 7-8): Started as a company town in 1883 for what would become the Papermakers, Camas is one of the few towns in Clark County that was designed and built with such a purpose in mind. Take a step back with us as we examine Camas’ historic downtown and learn of the businesses and residents that called this place home.
Downtown Battle Ground (August 14-15): Learn about Battle Ground’s quirky history, from its beginnings as an immigrant community to an infamous bank robbery in 1946. Discover architectural gems designed by prolific architect, Day Hillborn, and hear stories about the people that settled in the communities which eventually became the City of Battle Ground.
More information can also be found on CCHM’s Facebook page.
Spirit Tales of the Vancouver Barracks
TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 1ST!
These tours take place at the historic Vancouver Barracks in Vancouver, Washington, and run June through November 2020.
The Vancouver Barracks was founded in 1849, and members of the United States military served there until 2011. In those years, thousands of service members, their families, civilians, and prisoners walked its grounds. For more than 150 years, they left their mark and memories on the land and its buildings. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, you will be interested in the stories of the past inhabitants.
The Spirit Tales of the Vancouver Barracks tour is designed and led by local historian and author Jefferson Davis. He served at the Barracks for many years, and has first-hand experience with both the spooky and ordinary history of the area. Click here to visit his website and learn more about Spirit Tales of the Vancouver Barracks.
October Haunted Walking Tours
TICKETS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 1ST!
Tours will take place Oct. 23-28 at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Each walking tour is:
- lead by volunteer guides
- conducted rain or shine
- limited to 25 people
- lasts between 60-75 minutes
- averages around a mile long
- features between 10-15 historic sites
- open to everyone – best suited for those 13 years of age and older
(anyone over the age of six requires a ticket)
A mix of stories, memories, research, and personal experiences, our tours are a fascinating glimpse through the veil of the beyond. Many of our tales of history and terror are drawn from the book “Darkness Next Door,” penned by Clark County historian, Pat Jollota.
Tours depart from the Clark County Historical Museum (1511 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660). Check the ticket/confirmation info for specifics.