Rotary Tour of Homes to be held Dec. 14

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

The Lewisburg Rotary will hold their Christmas Tour of Homes on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m.

It's a fundraiser for the Rotary, and for the price of a ticket you can see the interiors of some of Lewisburg's most interesting homes.

The first home to be toured is owned by Hugh and Karen Adams. Located at 1650 Fayetteville Highway, the house is nestled beneath a canopy of beautiful hickory trees. The home was built in 1984 and was owned by James and Betty Russell.

The Renn home is owned by Stephen and Lisa Renn and is located at 538 Highland Avenue. Built in 1914, the home will be celebrating its 100th birthday this Christmas. "The house with the gazebo" is how a lot of Marshall County residents remember it. For many years, beginning in 1969, it was the home of L.E. and Katie Petty. Today the strong architecture of the home's arches, columns, and beveled windows are still maintained, with a blended style of both old and new design.

At 773 Yell Road you will find Buck and Lisa Gosnay's beautiful southern colonial home. It's known as the Alford House because generations of the Alford family, who owned Alford's Pharmacy lived there. Enjoy an eclectic holiday tour through the past and see how this treasure has been saved from demolition and retained the style of times past through the Gosnay's love of antique furnishings.

Adam and Lee Perryman's home at 1485 Collins Hollow Road is the last home on the tour. Here you will be able to enjoy the family's tradition of "decorating big for Christmas." See how the Perrymans transform specific rooms of their beautiful home into "The Disney Room," and "The Beach Room," all showcasing ornaments they've collected from their family travels. "Snow Village" and the wonderful "Nativity Scene," made by Lee's mother, have been a special part of this family's holiday celebration for years.

Also open for the tour will be the Marshall County Art Guild at 123 West Commerce Street on the historical Lewisburg Square. It features the work of local and professional artists. Paintings, collages, drawings, photography, and jewelry all give you a peek into the soul of an artist. The upstairs gallery will be transformed into a forest of Christmas trees.

The members of the Robert Lewis Chapter NSDAR are opening the Log Cabin at the fork of Yell Road and Cornersville Highway as a special stop on this year's tour. This cabin was a portion of the Abner Houston home where the county court met on Oct. 3, 1836, to organize the County of Marshall. In 1957 it was donated by the Dr. R. D. Crutcher II family to the DAR and relocated to its present site. Step back in time with a cup of apple cider and enter the cabin decorated in the holiday style of Christmas past.

There will be Christmas Caroling by the Lewisburg Middle School Chorus from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Public Square Park, next to the Art Guild.

For questions or phone orders, call Jean Griffin at (931) 637-0545 or visit