The Woods Walking Tour

Saturday, September 14, 2024 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Saturday, September 14 at 10:00am / Guided by Jason Pickart / Mobility 2

$15 General / $12 Members

In 1919, following the success of the original Ridgewood subdivision, Harry Kissell platted and developed “The Woods” behind the Pythian Home. With its winding streets and majestic old-growth trees, this area quickly became one of Springfield’s most fashionable residential districts. However, it was also one of the first neighborhoods to prohibit Black home ownership and occupancy, a practice that continued well into the 1960s. Join us as we explore this neighborhood’s fraught history and hopeful future. Meet outside 20 Brighton Road.


About 2024 Summer Tour Series:

This summer, we celebrate 20 years of the Summer Tour Series with 20 tours of the Greater Springfield Region. The 2024 series examines the region’s architecture, design, and history on walking tours, bicycle tours, happy hour tours, youth tours, and sites tours of local landmarks. Architects, artists, curators, historians, and other local professionals guide each tour. This year’s series starts in June and runs through the middle of September.

Westcott members receive discounts to most tours and free admission to Members-Only tours. To become a member please follow this link. Tickets are available online and at the Westcott House Museum Store, 85 South Greenmount, Springfield, OH. Please be advised that many tours will sell out. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. We do not mail tickets. You will receive an order confirmation by email. You will be automatically added to the attendee list upon the completion of your order.


Summer Tour Series is developed for a broad audience, including participants with disabilities and decreased mobility. Tours move at a leisurely pace with brief periods of standing at tour stops. If entering a building or house, some stairs or inclines may be possible. All outdoors tours are assigned mobility levels between 1-3. Virtual tours are available with closed captioning.

Mobility Level 1
Up to 6 blocks walking, mostly flat terrain, paved, stairs not likely. Wheelchair accessible.

Mobility Level 2
May be more than 6 blocks walking, some hills, mostly paved, some stairs possible. Please call or email about wheelchair accessibility.

Mobility Level 3
Considerable walking, various terrains, unpaved areas. All bicycle tours. Please call or email about wheelchair accessibility.