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2007 Tour of Homes

Gather on the porch at Abigail's on Main at 5 p.m.

Refreshments and Entertainment: Ed Grisham will be singing songs from his new CD.

Chauferred transportation provided.

Tickets to the event are $25. Senior Citizens 65 and older $20. Groups of 6 $20 each - bring your friends and save.

Tickets can be purchased anytime from the Chamber of Commerce in the Depot, Abigail's On Main (Street) or Peacock Hill Gifts on Washington Road.

For more information call the Chamber of Commerce 706-597-1000

Fairview - The Dozier Home

2245 Cedar Rock Road

John Franklin Johnson built" Fairview," the Dozier home, sometime between the 1830s and 1840s. It is a plain style plantation house, which is typical for that time period. It is thought that the original porch would have been very simple with post and a shed roof. Then, perhaps in the 1860s, the columns and trim were added to upgrade the home. These were the only known renovations to the home until 2001.

Fairview's original location was approximately one mile down Cedar Rock Road from its current setting. The house was moved and renovations began in July of 2001.

When you enter the front door, much of the interior is the same as it would have been in the 1840's. The dinning room has not been touched cosmetically. The walls have the original paint and original crown molding which sets it apart as a formal room. The mantle and baseboards have the original faux paint which is of particular interest in the house.

As you enter the back hall you can see some modernization to the house. The Doziers tried to keep the feel of an old house while having modern amenities to accommodate their young and growing family.

Renovations on the house were completed in early spring of 2004. Since then the Doziers have been able to compliment the house with a variety of antique pieces and a growing art collection. They would like to think John Franklin Johnson, who died in 1864, is happy to know his great, great grandson is raising a family in his home.

Home of Charles and Bonnie Patrick Johnson

1878 Arrowhead Drive

This Santee Cottage style home was built in 1989 on a five-acre lakefront lot on Folly Lake. The house comes alive at Christmas with the many collections accumulated over the past 40 years. From the extensive Santa collection in the family room to the ever-growing snowman collection in the playroom, visitors enjoy a total of 15 rooms, each decorated for the holidays.

There are five Christmas trees: A Chrismon tree in the living room is decorated in white, reflecting the purity of Christ, and gold, the royalty of the Savior. Each ornament reflects some aspect of the life of Christ from the manger to the cross and is topped with a crown signifying that Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

In the den is the large family tree trimmed with literally hundreds of ornaments, many made by members of the Johnson family. The sunroom is host to the funky and fun Krinkles tree in bright shades of lime green and red. There is a special bedroom for Charles and Bonnie's granddaughters, Rebecca and Shirah, which is playfully decorated with a tree of pink ballerinas.

As a point of interest, the brick in the family room fireplace came from the crumbled foundation of the old Patrick homeplace in Ficklin, Wilkes County. Built in the late 1800's, it lovingly housed generations of the Patrick family.

Home of Preston and Jennifer Newton

659 Rock House Road

The home of Preston and Jennifer Newton, located on Rock House Road, was built in 2004 by William J. Tam. The house was designed and drawn from a picture the couple had of a nineteenth century Southern Piedmont farmhouse in Virginia.

The three-story house features a stone foundation and a second floor porch that overlooks pastures of farmland and cattle. The porch is accessible from double doors in the three front rooms - living room, foyer and dining room. The Newton's son enjoys a full array of games in the home's gameroom located in the basement. The top floor consists of bedrooms and bathrooms that are conveniently located near a laundry room.

The couple finds it both amusing and complementary when people ask "where was the house moved from," as it was their original intention to build a "new old house."

Home of Detra and Tony Pate

1043 Ridge Road

The Georgia plantation home designed by Stephen Fuller was built in 1997 with Detra and Tony serving as the general contractors. The plan was chosen due to the spacious design and amenities which accommodate the Pate's dinning and entertainment needs. The home has a commercial kitchen and comfortably seats as many as 30 for meals. Most of the time the entertainment is for family and friends. However, several times per year the home is used for parties of upwards of 150 guests.

The interior offers options for most needs. There is a den with a large flat screen TV complete with surround sound for the special ballgame. There is another formal living room for conversation and reading. Tiffany and Travis have their own den with TV, video games and air hockey. The hunt room provides the outdoor feel with bear, deer, turkey, a variety or ducks and geese. The Pate's selected Augusta artist Richard Worth to paint the interior. He hand painted an Oriental rug on the foyer floor. He painted barn scenes in Travis' room and flowers adorn Tiffany's room. The master suite has its own sitting area and view of the pool. Detra designed the dining room and painted the walls and ceiling in Little Red Riding Hood red.

The exterior of the home is centered around the pool area. The pool house and bar make for wonderful cook outs. The pool has a waterfall and outdoor fireplace which can host a party year round. Given the Pates interest in sports, there is a regulation basketball goal, batting cage and dirt track.

Christmas is special at the Pates. There are 11 trees in the home. Each tree has its own theme. Travis has a western tree. Tiffany has a pink and green daisy tree. The hunt room has a hunting tree. The master suite has a peacock tree. One den has a candy cane tree. Guests are greeted by a unique upside down tree in the foyer. The home is decorated throughout with Detra's assortment of Christmas china, Dept 56 North Pole village collection, Fitz and Floyd, Arthors Court and other accessories. The exterior is lighted well. The front and sides of the residence utilize white lights. The rear is lit with colored lights to extrude a more fun feeling.

The Rock House

Rock House Road

The Rock House, constructed in 1785, is a statement to craftsmanship and durability and is among the earliest of homes in the state considered to be intact. It is the last surviving house associated with the early settlers of Wrightsboro. Thomas Ansley was the builder and occupied it from 1882 until 1898. He is a six-generation ancestor to President Jimmy Carter.

Tours have been conducted through the years for tourists and local groups, including students. It has been the scene for Christmas parties, picnics, children's parties, art displays and shown on many tours of homes. Diggings by archaeologists have discovered many "finds" of kitchen items, which are important links to Colonial Georgia in the 1770s.

The House was deeded to the Wrightsboro Foundation, Inc., by Mrs. Effie Usry in 1966.

Home of Jason and Miriam Smith

233 South Lake Drive

Built in the early 1970s as one of the first residences in Belle Meade, the ranch house was home to the Earl Carr family for more than two decades. The Smiths have extensively renovated the single level home since they moved in almost four years ago.

For Christmas, nearly every room of the house has its own tree, including the bathrooms and the kitchen. The main tree - housed in the living room - is becoming a home for Miriam's collection of Mark Roberts Christmas fairies. Then there's an elegant outdoor-themed tree in the den - a room anchored by two saltwater aquariums. Also, a black-and-white Christmas tree is found in the guest bathroom and a leopard print-themed tree is in the master bath. New this year are a Christmas palm tree, complete with sea-themed ornaments, in the couple's "beach" room, and an upside down Christmas tree in the Smiths' sitting room.

The Smiths also take the Christmas spirit outside with large wreaths, several trees and a decorated pergola, complete with ceiling fans and an outdoor chandelier.

Marmee's - Home of Robert N. Wilson Jr. Family

1392 Augusta Highway

Come be delighted with the magic of Christmas as you step into Marmee's, the Wilson family home built in 1935. Your eyes will sparkle with the simple, but elegant magic, as you stand in the main hall. The smell of Christmas will tickle your nose as you wonder into the kitchen. The kitchen is full of homemade baked goods from Cindy's collection of Christmas bake ware. Most of all, while in the Wilson Home, your heart will be warmed with the joy of Christmas in every room.

Web posted on Thursday, November 29, 2007

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