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Posted on: April 26, 2021

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (April 26, 2021) – May is National Historic Preservation Month and Main Street Gainesville is celebrating by replenishing its stock of the popular Downtown Gainesville History Hunt clue books.

A self-guided outdoor walking tour consisting of 20 clues, the history hunt will entertain your inner sleuth while you discover historical facts about downtown Gainesville. The hunt itself takes around two hours – and 2 miles – to complete, allowing participants ample time to stretch their legs and soak up the sites.

“Growing up, my family would put together clue hunts for church community events, so it’s something I looked forward to doing for downtown,” Main Street Manager Nicole Ricketts said of the hunt, which has been thoroughly enjoyed by individuals, as well as couples and families.

Ricketts believes the hunt is "a really fun way for visitors and citizens alike to learn about Gainesville.” The hunt first launched May 24, 2020, marking National Historic Preservation Month, as well as National Scavenger Hunt Day, and has proved to be a perfect activity for those interested in discovering the different facets of the City. The interactive activity grew quickly in popularity as residents and visitors searched for safe, entertaining things to do in the midst of the lingering coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve enjoyed partnering with the Northeast Georgia History Center and learning more about the history of our City while putting the clues together,” she said. “We hope it will be a great way for people to get some fresh air while enjoying downtown, and still being able to social distance safely."

Booklets may be picked up any time from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday from the Gainesville Visitor Center, positioned on the first floor (south entrance) in Suite 100 of the Gainesville Administration Building, located at 300 Henry Ward Way, Gainesville. Just look for the brown brick building!

For more information, contact Ricketts at

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