A Walk Through Corktown
One of the best ways to experience a city like Hamilton is to walk its streets. Hamilton is unique for its distinct neighbourhoods — Durand, Strathcona, Beasley, and of course Corktown. The neighbourhood of Corktown is one of the most interesting areas of the city. It is the oldest neighbourhood in Hamilton, getting its name from the number of Irish immigrants who settled there, many from Country Cork in Ireland. The area spans from James Street to Victoria, and Main Street to the Mountain Brow.
The area is rich with history and is best experienced through a walking tour. I had the priveledge this past semester to take part in a walking tour of Corktown and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about their city’s history. You’ll be surprised with some of the hidden gems you’ll find in the Corktown neighbourhood.
If you don’t have your own personal tour guide, perhaps you have an ipod.
If so, hamilton HIStory + HERitage historian Bill Manson has produced a free downloadable tour that can be put onto your ipod. Bring it with you for an oral tour, complete with images!
Download The Corktown Podtrod here!