Society to host Tour of HomesPublished 11:06am Thursday, November 22, 2012
A yearly tradition will center on StillWaters this year – the 8th Annual Tallapoosa Historical Museum’s Tour of Homes.critic
“It’s strictly a fundraiser for the Tallapoosa County Historical Museum,” said participant Marsha Hartness.
The annual tour, scheduled this year for Dec. 8, is the largest source of revenue for the Tallapoosee Historical Society, which maintains the Tallapoosa Historical Museum in Dadeville. Last year’s tour raised more than $5,000, which paid the museum’s operating expenses, light bill, heat and air conditioning, said the society’s president, Will Ponder.
This year’s event will feature 12 StillWaters residences.
“In the past it has been businesses in the historic district, (and) it has been historic homes in downtown Dadeville,” Hartness said.
The tour has also featured historic homes in Camp Hill and other areas of Tallapoosa County, Hartness said.
“This year we have such a variety of homes,” Hartness said. “We have the penthouse, we have our house – which is a log cabin – we have ultra-modern, we have small, we have large, we have medium. We have one home that has beautiful flower gardens … some are on the water, some have a water view, and some are on golf courses.”
This year’s tour will begin at the residential neighborhood center at StillWaters, where tickets can be purchased for $20 on the day of the tour. In addition to purchasing tickets and obtaining a map to the homes on tour, participants can enjoy refreshments, provided by the historical society, at the center throughout the day of the tour.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 from any historical society member or at Old Bank Antiques, Old Plantation House Gift Shop or Aliant and PNC banks in Dadeville and Carlisle Drug Store in Alexander City.
Hartness said some homes will be decorated for Christmas, and some will not. Some of the houses will be historical, and some will not.
Mary Arnold, another tour participant, said their home would likely not be decorated.
“As I understood it, they wanted a broad spectrum of homes to be on the tour,” Arnold said, adding that she thinks her home falls somewhere in the middle. “I hope the tour is successful and raises a lot of money for the historical society – it’s an easy one-day participation for us.”
Ponder said he thinks people will enjoy seeing the variety in homes, including the different architectural styles as well the interior design.
“I think everybody likes the decorations, whether it’s Christmas decorations or just they way they have their homes decorated,” Ponder said. “It’s always interesting to see how others live.”
Proceeds from this year’s tour will help to fund renovations at a building the society recently purchased adjacent to the museum.
“We desperately need more room for exhibits and events,” Ponder explained. “We do not have any room for children’s toys and a children’s section. We also want to add to the African-American section.
We want to be able to change the displays according to the time of year. And we want to move the genealogy section to where it will be more accessible.”
Hartness said the new building will double the space available for the museum. The tour opens at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m.
For more information about this year’s tour, call Ponder at 256-825-4492 or 334-201-0905.
Magazine editor Betsy Iler contributed to this story.