Summer Guide to Historic Downtowns

In these charming communities, you’ll uncover a passion for history found everywhere—from mom ‘n’ pop stores that have been around for generations, to old warehouses that have become new homes for thriving local businesses, to gleaming architectural gems as famous for their picture-perfect facades as they are for their layered history. Get to know these historic downtowns and destinations and find out how much they truly have to offer.

Get to know some of the many historic towns and cities across the United States (all of which were included in Preservation magazine’s summer 2023 issue as part of the "Historic Downtowns" advertising special), find out how much they truly have to offer, and the role they play in building stronger communities.

  1. Photo By: Kelly Heck Photography/Carroll County

    Carroll County, Maryland

    Stroll our historic downtown main streets to discover architectural walking tours, unique shops, restaurants with down-home cooking, gourmet delights, and restful bed & breakfasts waiting for you. Follow our Wine Trail, Civil War Trail, and award-winning Barn Quilt Trail as you travel our scenic backroads. Carroll County is home to The Maryland Wine Festival®—39 years old! 800-272-1933.

  2. Photo By: Cape Girardeau

    Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    Cape Girardeau is one of Missouri’s oldest river towns, situated along the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Memphis. The vibrant riverfront downtown features eclectic shops and boutiques as well as local casual and fine dining and a full-service casino. With state-of-the-art sports facilities and outdoor parks for fishing and hiking, Cape Girardeau is sure to be your new favorite escape any time of year. Start planning now.

  3. Photo By: Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Saint Charles, Missouri

    Born from bold explorers and artful traders, St. Charles blends its daring French heritage with a down-to-earth Missouri attitude. We’re historically awesome, rich in culture, and abundant with playful experiences. Explore our authentic Main Street, legendary river, lush parks and trails, our vibrant casino, wineries, and genuine hospitality. Make memories in the midst of our illustrious history, Discover Saint Charles.

  4. Photo By: Creative Dog Media

    Red Hill-Patrick Henry National Memorial, Virginia

    Patrick Henry’s Red Hill is the final home and burial place of Founding Father, American Revolution hero, and five-time Governor of Virginia Patrick Henry. Visitors can tour the breathtaking beauty of over 1,000 of Patrick Henry’s original acres and historic buildings year-round.

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