(Southerners like to take family names and turn them into first names. ) I've been giving tours of Raleigh since 1992, but my interest in Raleigh's history and in sharing it goes back to 1980 when I was teaching 3rd grade and my students were supposed to learn about their community. When I couldn't find much to help me, I decided to write a curriculum guide for the 3rd grade teachers in Wake County. Since that time, I've been involved with many volunteer efforts through local house museums and the Executive Mansion to teach children local history.
I got into the tour business when Raleigh celebrated its bicentennial in 1992. To showcase our history, I created a historic trolley tour which is still in operation today. When I started getting inquiries about giving additional tours, I started my own business. To date, I have given tours to over 10, 000 people.
Raleigh is a lovely mid-size Southern capital which enjoys a rich history, has many charming older neighborhoods and is blessed with gorgeous tree-lined streets. Our nickname is "The City of Oaks. "
I offer many theme tours covering such topics as the Civil War Years in Raleigh, Victorian Homes, and Love Stories and Scandals. I prefer to do walking tours and keep them to 2 hours. There is so much to do in downtown Raleigh, visiting museums and historic sites. Once I've given you an inclusive overview and some interesting anecdotes, you'll be all set to get the most out of your visit.
A Recent Review of this guide
Parker was fantastic - incredibly interesting and knowledgeable about the Civil War Years in Raleigh and about Raleigh's history generally. She picked us up from our hotel in her comfortable Lexus and we had a fascinating two hours with her. Highly recommend.
Local tour guide since 1992. Past chair of the Raleigh Historic Commission. Former elementary teacher. Experienced docent at the Executive Mansion and Raleigh resident for 40 years. Helped found the Raleigh City Museum and the Raleigh Hall of Fame. Recognized with the state's highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine, as well as other awards for volunteerism in arts and historic preservation.
I prefer to conduct walking tours, meeting you at a specified Raleigh landmark. I can help arrange visits to museums and galleries, but I cannot conduct tours within the museums. Most sites are free of charge, but special exhibits can incur costs.