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Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce tour of homes

Saturday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m.: The tour will begin at Watson-Luckey House, 454 East Hill St. Chauferred transportation provided with last tour leaving at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and are available at Peacock Hill, Luckey Printing and the Chamber office. Enjoy the homes of Bud & Julia Lunceford, Betty Stanley, John and Linda Bieltz, Bonnie Brown and Andy and Angela Blair.



Nestled on the edge of the Tom Watson Estate, the Hickory Hill home of Betty Stanley is located at 629 Magnolia Drive.

Having lived in another area of Thomson for almost half a century, Mrs. Stanley was challenged to make a change in her life; and at the age of 76, she had the unique pleasure of building a new home, choosing to be both its designer and decorator.

The compact, grey stucco house was designed with openness for entertaining and for comfortable living, as well as the potential to be increased in size by a future homeowner.

One particular room behind closed doors was specifically planned to house all the items the owner uses in decorating.

The four poster bed, the desk and matching chair in the guest bedroom were built more than 70 years ago from walnut that was cut and milled by the owner's father, Jack Eubank, who was in the lumber business.

It may be of interest to note that most of the artwork on display is original by the owner, including the portrait of her late husband, Foster Stanley.

Landscape architect David Dozier, formerly of Thomson, now living in Charleston, S.C., created a naturistic landscape using ornamental grasses and fig vine to soften and enhance the exterior of the home.



The Watson-Luckey House was built in the mid-1930s by the late John F. Watson and his wife, the late Mildred Zachary Watson.

Sammy and Iris Luckey purchased this house in 2000 from the Watson Estate and began renovating it, giving it the look it has today.

In October 2006, they chose to name the house The Watson-Luckey House to help preserve the memories of influence and leadership that Mr. John Watson contributed to the community while distinguishing the house from other properties in the Thomson-McDuffie area.

The Watson-Luckey House is no longer used as a residence. It is now mainly used for social gatherings for the Luckey family and their friends.

If houses could talk, wonderful stories of the childhood days of the Watson children -- John F. Watson Jr., Harriette Watson Nichols, and Julie Watson Keiser -- would be shared. Other families lived in The Watson-Luckey House after Mr. Watson's passing. The list includes Stacy and Elizabeth Turner, and Alpha and Mattie Peeples with their children.

The Luckey family welcomes each and every one to tour the house.

While renovating, they preserved the original bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, pine paneling, woodworks, ceilings, window blinds and fireplaces in each room.

The Luckeys have also reinstated for the Tour of Homes, John Watson's Christmas tradition of having a wooden red convertible in the front yard. Each Christmas, Mr. Watson would dress as Santa and sit in the convertible and pass out candy to children in the community to wish them a Merry Christmas.[CAPTION]


202 LEE ST.

The Luncefords' home was built by architect/builder Jonathan Bartlett in 1918 for the R. A. Kunnes family.

Bud and Julia bought their home from the Kunnes granddaughters in December of 1997.

Restoration began with friend and designer, Lee Anne Cowart and builder Billy Tam helping the Luncefords turn the house into their home.

The home has the original gorgeous leaded glass front and side doors. The brick work is very interesting and the home consists of beautiful woodwork. It has the original oak floors downstairs and pine floors upstairs. The home consists of six fireplaces with the original tiles. It is furnished with antiques (several are original to the house) and reproductions.

The Luncefords have just completed an addition of a master bedroom and bath. Billy Tam did a beautiful job of blending the old part of the structure with the new. It is a true example of his talent, the Luncefords said.

Web posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009

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