Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Walking Tour
Explore the neighborhood that shaped Mister Rogers on this walking tour of Rollins College, and find out how we’re keeping his legacy alive on America’s most beautiful campus. Along the way, you’ll experience exclusive Mister Rogers memorabilia and artwork and get a feel for how we’re educating the next generation of global citizens and responsible leaders. The tour will return in March 2022 for Fred's birthday month. Get a sneak peek at the five stops on the Mister Rogers walking tour at Rollins and download a handy map to guide you on your journey.
1. Olin Library
A rare collection of books, handwritten letters, photographs, a sweater knitted by Fred Rogers’ mother and worn on his show, and a pair of his famous sneakers are on display in the lobby to the left of the main desk, just after you enter.
2. Life is for Service Plaque
The “Life is for Service” plaque that inspired Fred Rogers as a student is engraved in marble near Strong Hall. He carried a photo of the engraving in his wallet for the rest of his life.
3. Walk of Fame
A stone placed in Rogers’ honor in March 1991 can be found in front of Lyman Hall, his old residence hall. See if you can find it among the other internationally known honorees (hint: it’s between Beethoven and Edith Wharton). The stone is from his hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
4. Tiedtke Concert Hall and Virginia S. and W.W. Nelson Department of Music
A large portrait painted by local artist Don Sondag hangs proudly in the Fred Rogers Lobby. Here he is wearing his red sweater and putting on his sneakers. Please enter quietly as classes are in session.
5. “A Beautiful Day for a Neighbor” Sculpture
Created by renowned British Sculptor Paul Day, this 360-degree outdoor sculpture stands over 7 feet tall and weighs more than 3,000 pounds.