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 Seattle History Tours


At Seattle History Tours, authenticity and quality come first. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality history tours, presenting local history through real stories of the people, places and events that shaped Seattle. Carefully researched and thoughtfully curated, every tour aims to provide each guest with an educational and rewarding tour. 

Seattle History Tours are designed led only by founder and public historian Richard Heisler, so you can expect a high-quality tour every time out, whether a private tour for 2 or a large group tour. You can be confident that our tour programs are carefully and thoroughly researched. 

Tours are offered on a variety of topics, including early Seattle history, Victorian-Era True Crime, Civil War history, Seattle historic cemeteries and more. 

Seattle History Tours are conducted with YOU in mind. No contracted part-time guides following a script here! Think of our tours as a historian led conversation, where questions are encouraged. Each tour is approached as if were VIP private tour! 

Below you will also find information about Seattle History Tours' companion public history offerings at Civil War Seattle. 




Civil War Seattle was established in 2020 as a public history project by Seattle resident and lifelong Civil War student Richard Heisler. Civil War Seattle’s work involves social media/digital history, walking tours of Seattle cemeteries and historic neighborhoods, written work and talks/presentations. Civil War Seattle has been featured in the Seattle Times, KIRO Radio, KOMO 4 TV and a variety of online programs and podcasts, Richard is a contributing writer Emerging Civil War, The Western Theater blog and others. Civil War Seattle has worked presented for and led tours for organizations such as the Bothell Historical Museum, Puget Sound Civil War Round Table, Pacific Northwest Historians Guild, King County Public Library, the Fall City Historical Society, Kirkland Heritage Society, Woodinville Heritage Society, Seminary Ridge Museum (Gettysburg PA), Adams County Historical Society (Gettysburg PA) and numerous private organizations.   

Seattle History Tours was an outgrowth of Civil War Seattle Tours, founded with a mission to expand to more comprehensive Seattle history. Dedicated to authenticity and accuracy, Seattle History Tours continue the same dedication to quality history and a memorable experience for tour guests as Civil War Seattle provides. Seattle History Tours are also led only by founder Richard Heisler, so you can expect a high-quality tour every time out, whether a private tour for 2 or a large group tour. 

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"I had the privilege of attending one of Richard's tours of the Bothell Pioneer Cemetery. It was an engaging, lively presentation, full of enough trivia for history nerds and interesting storytelling for everyone else! Highly recommend!"

Lisa Oberg - President, Pacific Northwest historians Guild

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