Rotary Club Home Tour Sunday
‘Tis the season for Lewisburg Rotary Club’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes.
The annual event combines an opportunity for residents to tour some of the county’s historic or elegant sites with a fundraising event that will allow the Lewisburg Rotary to donate to deserving county non-profits or charities in the coming year.
This year’s Rotary President, Jean Hart Griffin, who has organized the home tour for several years, hopes that the event serves as an opportunity to build better relationships in the community as well.
This year’s tour takes place on Sunday from 1–5 p.m. and features three homes, two well-known farms and a local church.
One of the stops on the tour will be at East Commerce Baptist Church located at 560 East Commerce Street. The choir will perform under John Zimmer, Minister of Music, from 1-1:30 p.m.
Another stop on the tour is the current home of Diane and Tony White. The home is located at 1794 New Columbia Highway and was built in 1980 by Ross and Judy Williams. The home is modeled after the historical Wythe House, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Williamsburg is primarily known for decorating using pineapples, a symbol of hospitality. At the White’s, the home is embellished with the Williamsburg tradition. The captivating scenery from the back yard, which is modeled after Ravenwood Farms, Brentwood, will make you never want to leave.
Located at 1452 New Columbia Highway, the Andrew Springs Farm has been deemed a “hidden gem.” Since 1921, the 230-acre farm has been in the Andrews family. It consists of pre-Civil War stone walls and a natural spring along with an Indian burial mound.
The farm is currently home to the Brindle brothers and their families. Unlike most farms, Andrews Spring Farm is very active later in the year. The farm sells pumpkins and offers hayrides in the fall and welcomes winter by transforming into a winter wonderland selling live Christmas trees and wreaths.
Flat Rock Farms at 1190 West Ellington Parkway was once known as Fancy Free Farms, home of 1991 World Grand Champion Walking Horse “Flashy Pride.” In 2016, Randy Belote purchased it along with his son, Brady James, a singer and songwriter. Flat Rock Farms will transform one of many horse barns into Flat Rock Farms Event Center in spring of 2018. James has decorated the log cabin, which can be toured, with cowboy style and offers the cabin on Airbnb. The main house on the property is a Mediterranean style home. A veranda overlooks the pool area while the front porch offers one of the best views in Marshall County.
The southern manor of Paul Clifford and Sonia St. Charles is featured as well. It is located at 1558 Green Valley Drive and is one of the newer homes. The southern estate was built in 2001 by Keith and Mindy Hooten. A winding white rail fence surrounds a gorgeous landscape of trees. Some of the features of this home include hardwood floors, plantations shutters and high ceilings. Not to mention the magnificent front archway that leads to a large foyer with an expansive floor plan. The English style home is usually adorned with traditional Christmas decorations. The patio pool area and back porch overlooks the scenic acreage on this beautiful polished property.
Further out of town, John Royal and Cornelia Hill built the “Hill House” located at 2725 Mooresville Highway in the middle of the 19th century. According to some, this Gothic Revival home is a style which attempted to “glorify GOD through buildings that featured spires, towers and windows pointing toward heaven”.
The current owners, Jimmy & Angie Stiff, purchased this home in 2000 with the goal of keeping the history with their home. The two renovated the house to fit a 21st century family. The house has refinished Poplar and Ash hardwood floors from the original along with hand forged nails. Throughout the home, there are a total of eight fireplaces. The originals owners left behind an heirloom, a late 19th century Haines Brothers of New York piano and mother of pearl inlays which was played by Cornelia Hill for wounded Civil War soldiers, still remains. Although the house may have been renovated to allow for modern luxuries, the historic home still stands with its history intact.
Advanced tickets can be purchased for $20 and are offered at the following locations: Bonjour Boutique, First Commerce Bank, First Farmers & Merchants Bank, First National Bank, First Tennessee Bank, Hairport and Marshall County Memorial Library. Also, tickets may be purchased from any Rotarian and will be available the day of the event at any stop on the tour.