2016-03-24 / Front Page

Spring Tour April 2 isn’t just old homes

One of the homes featured on this year’s tour will be that of Martha Read on Spring Street. One of the homes featured on this year’s tour will be that of Martha Read on Spring Street. The 2016 Washington-Wilkes Spring Tour of Homes set for next Saturday, April 2, promises to be unlike any previous tour, organizers say.

“This isn’t your grandpa’s tour anymore,” said David Toburen. “We’re going to have everything from industrial chic to classic muscle cars, along with some beautifully remodeled homes from the 1950s back to the 1820s.”

The Tour has a special value-add- ed attraction this year, Toburen said. “A local auto enthusiast and collector is opening his private collection of 1940s-70s American classic automobiles and memorabilia for the Tour of Homes. On top of that members of the Memory Lane Cruisers car club will provide a very special shuttle service from the courthouse out to this amazing collection of American iron.”

Seven homes will be on the tour including “Saragreen,” the 1828 colonnaded home of Craig and Sharon Jones on Lexington Avenue; Rick and Jac Dorminy’s “The Yellow House,” an early-20th Century cottage on North Alexander; the Kurt Wolfe residence on Episcopal Way; the classic 1950s brick ranchstyle Miller House on Sims Street; the circa 1825 Phillips House on Court Street; Rob Parker’s Wilkes Mill and Feed on Liberty Street; and Martha Read’s Victorian home on Spring Street.

In addition to the special auto collection, tour tickets get guests free admission to the Washington Historical Museum, Callaway Plantation, the 1897 North Alexander School, and many local churches.

As always, Spring Tour visitors will be driven to attractions on the tour by members of the Washington Kiwanis Club and other civic groups, a unique service that takes the stress out of the visit while cutting down on congestion.

Tour lunch is available 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Washington Woman’s Club, 108 N. Alexander Avenue for $12 a person.

In addition, a special program will return to the Robert Toombs House historic site, curator Marcia Campbell said. “An avid reader, Southern statesman Robert Toombs was a big fan of William Shakespeare and even had a Shakespeare Garden on the grounds surrounding his magnificent home,” she said. “Saturday, our visitors are invited to join the Robert Toombs Family and Friends living history troupe in exploring his love of the author through dramatic readings of family letters and exploration in the themed garden that includes plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s many works.”

The tour also includes a “taste of history” with samples of period foods, including original recipes from Mrs. Toombs.

Tickets for the Spring Tour of Homes are available online at www.wwtourofhomes.com. Otherwise, tickets are available on the day of the tour at tour headquarters, the First Baptist Church of Washington, at 105 W. Robert Toombs Ave.

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