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New London Landmarks to host walking tour of Belden Street in New London

New London — New London Landmarks will host a free walking tour of Belden Street from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, explaining ongoing preservation efforts along the route.

“This tour will highlight HOPE, Inc.’s decades of work creating affordable housing while preserving this late 19th-century neighborhood,” New London Landmarks Executive Director Laura Natusch said. “Belden Street is a model for how historic preservation and gentrification don’t need to go hand-in-hand.”

Tour guide Don Presley will explain the history of Belden Street and individual sites along the route. HOPE Executive Director Marilyn Graham will explain their work and how they came to be involved with Belden Street.

Parking will be available behind Jan Electronics at 6 Truman St. From there, walk from Belden Court to Belden Street, then turn left. The tour will begin at the end of Belden Street by the vacant lot. Attendees don’t need to preregister, but face masks will be required.

This program is sponsored by Ace Hardware and Fiddleheads Foods Co-op and is supported with funding from the State Historic Preservation Office.

In the event of rain, the tour will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19, 1–2 p.m. For updates, check newlondonlandmarks.org or call (860) 442-0003.

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