Inspiration can strike at any moment. For Vicki Harrington of Plymouth, it happened at a Project Arts concert featuring the Adam Ezra Group in 2016, when she heard the song “I Believe.” Listening to the lyrics “I believe in the strength of one,” Vicki knew what she had to do: start the walking tour company she had been dreaming about and find a way to give back to the community.
“Suddenly, all my fears about opening my own tour company just vanished as I saw how my little venture could benefit not just myself, but my community,” says Harrington. The next day, she founded Spirit of Plymouth Walking Tours, which offers 90-minute guided strolls of downtown Plymouth, focusing on the town’s unique history. She recently began fulfilling the other part of her vision: giving back to the community.
On the first Monday of each month from May to October, Harrington offers a Walk Through Time for Charity event. For a minimum donation of $10, participants can take the Hometown Heroes tour, which examines the early days of Plymouth Colony and the town’s contributions to the Revolutionary War. All proceeds go to aid a local nonprofit group. “I have a passion for history,” says Harrington. “After people take my tour, I hope they have the passion too.”
The first Walk Through Time for Charity took place in May benefitted Friends of South Pond Chapel. Upcoming tours this season will benefit Project Arts, which offers free summer concerts in Plymouth, The Ramble, which helps the New England Center & Home for Veterans, Plymouth Antiquarian Society, The General Society of Mayflower Descendants and Shane Gives Thanks, which provides nutritious meals to those in need. “I reached out to the community to find local groups that could benefit from my tours and I had more of a crowd than I imagined,” says Harrington. “It was so exciting.”
Regular tours for Spirit of Plymouth are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12, seniors, veterans and active-duty military personnel. First responders pay $5. For details and reservations, call 508-517-8355 or go to spiritofplymouth.com.