Tours

AN EXPERIENCE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET…

The John Riley Center/Museum welcomes people of all ages to journey back in time to one of the most significant, yet least known periods of American History following the end of the Civil War. The John G. Riley House is a beautiful 19th century structure that embodies the legacy of one of Tallahassee’s most influential leaders of his generation. Mr. Riley made an impact on the Tallahassee community that will never be erased.

John Gilmore Riley house
Smokey Hollow Commemorative Park
Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday:    10 am – 4 pm
Friday – Saturday:    10 am – 2 pm
*Other times by appointment only

Admission

Adults & Children: $5.00
Leon County Public School Students: $2.00

Tours

Tours of the historic Riley house offers visitors the chance to to experience a living testament of the rich cultural heritage of the historic Smokey Hollow community and other African American landmarks and legacies that accentuate Tallahassee’s diverse cultural landscape.

Individual & Group Tours

Tours are customized to relate to the needs, interests and age of the individual(s) touring the facility. Self-guided tours are also available during regular operating hours. Fill out our Group Tour Reservation Form and fax it to 850-681-7000 or e-mail it to plee@rileymuseum.org 10 days prior to your tour date.

Step-On Guided Landmarks & Legacy Tours

Tours of the historic Riley house offer visitors the chance to experience a living testament of the rich cultural heritage of the historic Smokey Hollow community.

Guided tours also highlight other African American landmarks and legacies that accentuate Tallahassee’s diverse cultural landscape.

THE RILEY EXPERIENCE

The John Riley Center & Museum welcomes people of all ages to journey back in time to the Reconstruction era – one of the most significant, yet least known periods of American History following the end of the Civil War.

The John G. Riley House is a 126-year old structure that embodies one of Tallahassee’s most influential men of his generation. Whether acting as Principal of the first public high school for blacks, Secretary of the Florida NAACP, Member of the Negro Business League or Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons; Mr. Riley made an impact on the Tallahassee community that will never be erased.

Tours of the historic Riley house offers visitors the chance to experience a living testament of the rich cultural heritage of African Americans in the south during the Reconstruction era.

STEP-ON GUIDED TOURS

Landmarks and Legacies:  A Black Heritage Tour of Tallahassee

The John G. Riley Center & Museum provides a tour of Tallahassee’s Landmarks & Legacies and is pleased to coordinate your next guided tour. It’s easy to schedule, simply call us at: (850) 681-7881 or send an email to: plee@rileymuseum.org.

For years African American communities have established a distinctive presence in areas throughout Florida. The well known contributions as well as untold stories of struggle and triumph are woven into a rich and colorful historical tapestry. Amidst these stories are the Landmarks and Legacies that define and describe significant aspects of Florida’s cultural heritage, thereby presenting tour participants with a real-life cultural immersion experience

Possible sites included on the step-on guided tour include:

  •  The Riley House Museum
  • The Union Bank Building
  • The Old Capitol Building
  • The Historic Frenchtown Community
  • Old Lincoln High School
  • Florida A&M University
  • Meek-Eaton Black Archives
  • The Knott House Museum

Tour guides are available at a rate of $100.00/per hour. Average tours are approximately 2-4 hours in length and can be customized to meet your unique scheduling needs. The fee only covers the cost of the tour guide; groups are responsible for securing their own transportation. Fee does not cover admission fees for individual historic sites.

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