Walking Tours

Library-led walking tours are offered from May through October on a wide variety of topics about the history of Hudson. All walking tours are weather dependent. Registration begins 1 month prior to each walking tour date. Space is limited to 30 people. All tours meet at the entrance to the library.  Remember to wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. See the events calendar for the full schedule and registration information.
Information about walking tours is detailed below as well as information brochures for self-guided tours.
  • Architectural History See why Hudson streets and buildings are said to define the image of the Western Reserve.
  • Disasters of Hudson Explore the sites of accidents and calamity in Hudson’s history.
  • Hudson during the Civil War Join us as we explore the places and people of Hudson involved in our nation’s Civil War-from John Brown to the homes of many of the men who fought.
  • Kit Homes Walk by some of Hudson’s 20th century collection of homes ordered as kits through the catalogs of Sears Roebuck and other manufacturers of home materials.
  • Scandals of Hudson Explore the notorious corners of Hudson once whispered about in scandal and gossip.
  • Spooky Hudson Seek out the legends, folk tales and ghost stories of Hudson’s dearly departed.
  • Underground Railroad (Self-Guided brochure) (Virtual Walking Tour)
    Stroll past the homes and sites that played a significant part in the anti-slavery movement of pre-Civil War Hudson.
  • History of Hudson Tour (Self-Guided brochure) Explore historic downtown Hudson and learn about the rich history behind some of the city’s most memorable landmarks.


History comes alive with the Hudson Library & Historical Society’s virtual walking tours of historic Hudson. Each self-guided tour incorporates the carefully researched content from the library’s popular in-person walking tours enhanced with a rich multimedia experience including digitized historic photographs and documents sourced from original material from the library’s archives.

Walk or drive these mobile-friendly tours, accessible via Android or Apple phones. Or, experience the tours from your computer without leaving home! The walking tours are built using STQRY, the award-winning digital storytelling platform used by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian and the National Parks Service.

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Hudson, once called the “citadel of abolitionism,” was an active stop on the Underground Railroad and was the childhood home of abolitionist John Brown. Features 16 stops (and 9 bonus stops) at key sites that played a part in the anti-slavery movement in the town. Hudson Library archivist Gwen Mayer narrates this immersive tour featuring enhanced content, photographs of notable citizens and homes, key documents and archival papers and more.