Athens offers historical tours

Photo Provided Tours of the historic Athens Asylum grounds are offered by the Southeast Ohio History Center.

ATHENS, Ohio — A pair of historical tours will be featured in Athens over the weekend.

The Brew Week Athens Asylum Tours with George Eberts will be presented July 15 and 19. The tour will featured the historic Athens Asylum, which was the largest building in Ohio when it was constructed. The tours will be 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. July 15 and 6-8 p.m. July 19.

Eberts, a longtime Asylum employee and local expert on the Athens Asylum, will be leading an outdoor walking tour of the historic grounds and buildings. Eberts, shares funny and poignant stories as well as the remarkable history of the Athens Asylum. The informational and entertaining tours provide an intimate look into the methods of mental health treatment in the 19th and 20th Centuries, and are one of the most popular programs offered by the History Center.

Tours meet in front of the Kennedy Museum of Art at the Ridges. Preregistration is required. Tickets are $12 for History Center members and $15 for non-members.

A Buildings and Bars of Uptown Athens Tour will be presented from 3:30-5 p.m. July 14, 18 and 20.

The tours give participants the fascinating histories of the Uptown bars and buildings, while providing them with the chance to share their stories. This year, the tour will end at The Pub, where participants will get to sample a discounted flight. Tours meet at the History Center. Tours are $12 for History Center members and $15 for non-members. All tour participants will receive $2 off their admission to the History Center.

A special event will be July 19 from 4-6 p.m. featuring The Social and Economic History of the Beer Can. Mason Chambers will be at the Southeast Ohio History Center to celebrate the humble beer can’s 83rd birthday. Learn how beer cans changed the brewing industry and the way Americans drink beer. See some of Mason’s collection of historic beer cans. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about any of the events, call 740-592-2280 or visit