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History hunt sparks ‘mystery’ in downtown Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (May 21, 2020) – Main Street Gainesville is mixing a little mystery with history this Memorial Day weekend, with a soft launch of its new Downtown Gainesville History Hunt.

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 was looking forward to doing for downtown,” said Main Street Manager Nicole Ricketts.

Ricketts believes the hunt is "a really fun way for visitors and citizens alike to learn about Gainesville.” The timing of the hunt’s launch is ideal as Sunday, May 24, is National Scavenger Hunt Day and the month of May, National Historic Preservation Month.

“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.”

A limited number of guide booklets will be available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 23, on the downtown square. Starting Tuesday, May 26, booklets will be available from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in the Visitor Center, located at 300 Henry Ward Way, Suite 100, Gainesville, GA 30501.

For more information, contact Ricketts at