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Towns offer sneak peeks inside historic homes

December 3rd, 2011 4:56 pm by staff report

Folks looking to get a sneak peek inside some of the region’s most beautiful historic homes, all decked out in their holiday finest, can do just that this weekend — and help some worthy causes at the same time — as Bristol, Jonesborough and Rogersville all throw open the doors on their annual Tour of Homes events.

• The Rogersville Heritage Association’s “Christmas Under Many Roofs” tour of homes, to be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, will include seven stops in and around historic downtown Rogersville.

On the itinerary this year are the Thomas Amis Home, 677 Burem Road; Arnold Home, 1326 McKinney Chapel Road; Bonnie Blue Farm, 1746 McKinney Chapel Road; Hale Springs Inn, 110 W. Main St.; Holt Home, 306 S. Church St.; Rogersville Presbyterian Church, 309 W. Kyle St.; and Smith-Robertson Home, 310 E. Broadway.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event, and can be purchased at the Mountain Star Mall, Otis Home Center, Green Bank, the Rogersville Depot office, Hale Springs Inn, Charmed Southern and U-Save Drug Center.

Call the RHA at (423) 272-1961 for more information.

• “Hearth and Homes” is the theme of the 15th Annual Bristol Christmas Tour of Homes, set for 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11.

Homes on the tour include 40l Maryland Ave., Bristol, Tenn.; 414 Poplar St., Bristol, Tenn.; 423 Pennsylvania Ave., Bristol, Tenn.; 401 Pennsylvania Ave., Bristol, Tenn.; 423 Pennsylvania Ave., Bristol, Tenn.; 416 Pennsylvania Ave., Bristol Tenn.; 519 Alabama St., Bristol, Tenn.; 800 Euclid Ave., Bristol, Va.; and First Christian Church, 311 Spencer St., Bristol, Va.

Tickets for the self-guided tour are $10 per person in advance or $12 the day of the tour. Tickets are available at Country Gallery Florist, 193 Old Airport Road, Bristol, Va.; Grand Antiques, 615 State St., Bristol, Va.; One of a Kind Gallery, 604 State St., Bristol, Tenn.; and Cranberry Lane, 623 State St., Bristol, Va.

Tickets, which must be presented at each home, can also be purchased at each residence the day of the tour.

The event, co-sponsored by Premier Printing Company, Jewell Williams, Elizabeth Marshall, Carolyn Thomas, Lisa Morton, Barbara Barker and Diana Cumbo, is a benefit for the East Hill Cemetery.

For more information, call (423) 652-0163 or (423) 418-4621.

• Ten of Historic Jonesborough’s most treasured establishments will open to the public from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 for the town’s annual Holiday Tour of Homes.

Guests will get a peek into 10 inspiring and festively decorated buildings, including an iconic home with nearly 20 rooms open to the public; a structure dating back to the 1800s filled with antiques representing early Jonesborough settlers; an Italianate-style house featured on the National Registry of Historic Homes; a cozy cottage and Colonial Revival bungalow, both of which were built in 1927; an inn that once hosted Presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson; a two-story farmhouse built in the early 1900s; and an off-the-beaten-path modern brick farmhouse filled with five generations of collections and antiques from the owners’ international travels.

Participants will be treated to live entertainment and light refreshments.

Admission is $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling (423) 753-1010.

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