Historic Walking Tours
Take a Walk Through Webster Groves History
The Historic Webster Walks series was created to provide residents and vistors with a look inside the unique character of Webster Groves, Missouri. Each of the seven walks include an accompanying guidebook designed so that individuals, schools, scouts and other groups can tailor the walks to their own pace or particular interest.
Sites on the Historic Webster Walks were selected for their architectural or historic value and are identified in the guidebooks by the names of the people or businesses that originally occupied them.
The Webster Walks were established by the Webster Groves Historical Society and the City of Webster Groves.
The series includes:
- The Heart of Webster – a 2.3-mile tour through a rich collection of Victorian Architecture that features the early businesses, homes and people that formed the foundation of Webster Groves.
- A Walk in the Park – a 2.7-mile tour through the tree-lined, meandering streets of Webster Park, an exclusive residential neighborhood that was estalished in 1891 and features large, elaborate Queen Anne
- A New Century in Old Orchard – a 2.4-mile tour through the commercial, educational and residential areas of Old Orchard, which draws its name from the apple and peach orchards that once lined the Indian trail to the Big Bend in the Meramec River.
- The Ridge at Rock Hill Road – a 2.2-mile tour through the area the American Indians called Shady Grove Creek "Dry Ridge," now known as Rock Hill Road. The tour showcases a wonderfully diverse collection of 19th and 20th century architecture, one of the trademarks of this community.
- Steps in Time: Northwest Webster – a 2.2-mile tour that traces some of the key events and sites that defined early Webster Groves and continue to influence the community today. Northwest Webster is an eclectic neighborhood that includes smaller, Victorian vernacular
homes and is where most families farmed, raising fruit, vegetables and chickens.
- Defining Moments: Central Webster – a 1.9-mile tour through Central Webster, home to a wide variety of architectural styles, early commercial buildings and key community institutions.
- The Vision of Tuxedo Park – a 2.3-mile tour through Tuxedo Park, a community anchored by distinctive churches and defined by railroad and streetcar lines. Today it is a neighborhood of gracious Queen Anne homes and tidy 20th-century bungalows.