Free historic tours of downtown and Fairhaven offered this summer

Tours highlight Bellingham history and support economic recovery

July 01, 2021 - by Katie Franks, Planning and Community Development

Get outside and explore Bellingham’s past with free guided tours of downtown and Fairhaven, hosted weekly throughout the summer by the City of Bellingham and the Good Time Girls BellingHistory Tours.

The tours are part of the City’s efforts to highlight the City’s history and support economic recovery by bringing people into Bellingham’s historic commercial districts.

These one-hour fun and informational excursions will take audiences back in time to explore Bellingham’s historic people, buildings, sites and landscapes. Known as purveyors of “historical edutainment,” Good Time Girls owner and tour guide Kolby LaBree says she is eager to help make Bellingham history more accessible to all.

“We love learning about history and like to share it with others by making it fun. Our tours convey information and education, while providing entertainment. We are excited to be a part of making Bellingham’s history more accessible to everyone this summer,” LaBree said.

The free tours begin on July 7 and are offered through September. Tours will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in Fairhaven and 6 p.m. Thursdays in downtown Bellingham. The tours cover a distance of less than one mile, last about one hour and are suitable for all ages (12+ suggested). Because space is limited, registration is required. Register at the BellingHistory website. Meeting location and more information is provided upon registration.

See for more information about health and safety protocols, tour accessibility, and to learn about additional tours provided by the talented and fun-loving “Good Time Girl” tour guides.

The tours are financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, administered by the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) and the City of Bellingham. Historical photographs used in the tours are provided by the Whatcom Museum. The City received a grant from DAHP to help fund the free tours, with the goal of helping to further appreciation of the City’s historic environment and to stimulate economic recovery by bringing residents, visitors and tourists back into Bellingham’s two historic commercial districts.

Media Contact

Katie Franks
Planning and Community Development or (360) 778-8388

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