A self-guided interpretive walking tour of downtown Somerset leads you through part of its rich history. In addition to showing such places as the once-thriving commercial district or the historic homes on Harvey’s Hill, the tour gives insight into diverse aspects of life in Somerset, such as town beginnings, a Civil War military hospital, a Medal of Honor winner, and a turn-of-the-century trolley car system.
Begin the walking tour at any location, but a great place to start is Fountain Square Park with the John Sherman Cooper interpretive panel. This Somerset native was a U.S. Senator and served as ambassador to India and East Germany, among many other accomplishments. Maps are integrated with the panels and show the locations of the complete set of historic markers, downtown arts and murals, community parks, and offer suggested walking paths for getting in a little outdoor exercise.