Promenade: Historic Tour Features Remarkable Homes
The Friends of the Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives will again host the popular Pinehurst Promenade Historic Home Tour Sunday, May 31, from noon to 5 p.m.
There will be six homes (Hale Cottage, Halfway House, Silva Nidus, Mistletoe Cottage, Suffolk Cottage, Concord Cottage) on tour, along with the Magnolia Inn.
In addition to the public tour on Sunday, there will be an exclusive preview evening of three special homes (Tremont Cottage, Fernleigh Cottage, Hinton Cottage) the night before from 6 to 8 p.m. that will include hors d'oeuvres, paired beverages and a silent auction. Each residence will have hostesses providing historic facts of the cottage, before-and-after photos and special entertainment.
Two of the featured homes on tour are the Halfway House and Suffolk Cottage.
The Halfway House was built by late John Warren Watson for his mother, Mrs. T.T. Watson.The house received its name because it is exactly halfway between the Carolina Hotel and the Pinehurst Country Club.
The house is a one-and-a-half story shingle-clad frame bungalow with a double-pitched gable roof and long shed dormers across the front and rear.The home sits on 2.5 acres and was renovated in 2007 with an expanded kitchen and dining room. The master suite has also been completely redone; however, the windows over the bed are from parts of the historic home. The original portion of the house is to the right of the front door and the floors are the original maple.
The current owners are Gilbert and Christine Pritchard.
The Suffolk Cottage was originally a one-and-a-half frame bungalow with a gable roof. It was eventually turned into three apartments and became neglected. Thankfully, in 1995, the current owners renovated it back to much of its original glory. They kept the original shingles and hardwood floors, but did re-wire and redo elements of the home.
The woodwork that had to be replaced, including ceilings and doorways, were done to replicate the original appearance. The original china cabinet also remains in the dining room. New additions include the carport, windows and mantelpiece. The owners are Sam and Bonnie McPeake.
Tickets for the Promenade are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the event and can be purchased at the Given Memorial Library, The Given Book Shop in Olmsted Village and The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines.
Preview tickets are $50, and space is limited. The preview ticket includes access to the next day's Promenade. On Sunday, transportation will be provided and free tours will be available at the Tufts Archives.
All proceeds benefit the Given Memorial Library and Tufts Archives, the Pinehurst History Museum, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the community with the very best library services and preservation of the unique history of Pinehurst. Call 910-295-6022 or visit online at www.tuftsarchives.org for more information.
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