Like the Christmas parade, this year’s annual Tour of Homes in Monroe is themed to showcase the historical aspects of the city.
“This year we really want to focus on in-town historic houses that have been preserved and renovated,” said Monroe Art Guild board member Carol Bradley.
Homes on the tour this year are:
- The Wayfarer Hotel on North Broad Street
- The Harrison House on Milledge Avenue
- The Woodall House on East Church Street
- The Dickinson House on East Church Street
- The Krawczk House on South Madison Avenue
- The Wright House on South Madison Avenue
- The Pelham House on South Broad Street
- The Whitacre House on McDaniel Street
- The McDaniel-Tichenor House on McDaniel Street
- The Knight House on Pine Crest Drive
- The Davis-Edwards House on North Broad Street
- The Smith House on Double Springs Road.
“Some of them are a work-in-progress,” Bradley said. “We want to celebrate living in town and focus on the historic homes. Monroe has not always been good about holding onto the buildings and homes from the past, but people are realizing what a treasure those buildings and homes are. I think there is much more of an interest in preserving them.”
Councilman Larry Bradley, president of the Monroe Art Guild Board, said not all the homes on the tour are large, elaborate buildings.
“Some are small, but they are interesting and have unique things that people have taken the time and money to fix up and restore,” he said.
The Abandoned Rural America Exhibition at the Monroe Art Guild on Broad Street also will be open during the tour and attendees are invited to include a visit to the exhibit on their tour.
The tickets for the tour are $15 each prior to the event and $20 on the day of the event. The tour takes place on Dec. 7 and will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, in the form of a brochure giving details on each home, are available for purchase at Carmichael Drugstore, Sidestreet Boutique and the Monroe Art Guild. These are non-refundable. The tour will take place rain, snow or shine.
The Tour of Homes is the biggest fundraiser each year for the Monroe Art Guild. For more information email email@example.com.