DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Historical Society continues its “Behind the Scenes” tour series in June with guided tours of some of Metro Detroit’s most interesting sites.

On average, tours last from 90 minutes to two hours. Upcoming tours include:

Woodmere Cemetery – Saturday, June 11 at 10 am. Guests on this tour, guided by historian Gail Hershenzon, will explore one of the city’s oldest and most historic cemeteries, which includes its ornate mausoleums, Civil War monument and headstones that date back to the 1860s. Michigan auto magnates David Buick and Henry Leland, a brilliant innovator who built engines for Oldsmobile and Cadillac, are buried here. Ticket prices are $30 for guests or $20 for Society members.

Historic Fort Wayne Walking Tour – Saturday, June 18 at 10 am. Historian and author Jim Conway will give guests a guided tour of the fort, which was a primary induction center for Michigan troops entering conflicts from the Civil War to Vietnam. Guests will see the original 1848 limestone barracks building, the 1845 Star Fort which was renovated in 1861, the restored Commanding Officer’s house and the Spanish-American War guard-house. Ticket prices are $30 for guests or $20 for Society members.

Art House Saturday, June 25 at 10 am. Located in the historic Brush Park neighborhood, this 23-room, Gothic revival home was completed in 1872. Visitors can glimpse the past and relive an era when Detroit was known as the “Paris of the Midwest.” The home features original parquet and Minton tile flooring, wall coverings, woodwork, mantles and over-mantle mirrors, period furnishings, artworks and artifacts spanning 2,000 years. Ticket prices are $50 for guests and $40 for Society members, and includes an hors d’oeuvre reception.

The Society also hosts a walking tour of the historic Boston-Edison neighborhood, but tickets for this behind the scenes glimpse have already sold out. For waitlist information call 313-833-1801.

For more information or to reserve your spot for the Society’s Behind the Scenes tours, visit


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