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Hickory Hill tour to feature traditions rooted in nature

Hickory Hill has gone to the birds, and the home's annual holiday tour will join the flock.

Curator Michelle Zupan said the tour will take place the final weekend of the Southern Naturalists exhibit currently on display there.

"It's going to be different this year, because it's a very birdcentric tour and we have some new, fun things that we've learned," Ms. Zupan said. "We hope people will really get a bang out of it."

A holiday tour of the historic home of the late Sen. Thomas E. Watson is an annual event in which visitors see the home decorated like it would have been when the Watsons lived there. The guided tour provides a fun and educational history of the Christmas holidays.

This year, Ms. Zupan said the tour will dig up holiday traditions rooted in the natural world, flock to winter bird migrations and learn the favored holiday menus of local birds.

Created by the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries, the exhibit features works of naturalists Andre Michaux from France, John Abbott from England, William Bartram of Pennsylvania, John James Audubon of Saint Domingue and Mark Catesby from England.

Georgia wines and cheeses will be served at a reception at 6:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. tour on Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12. But only the early bird gets the worm, as reservations are required. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling (706) 595-7777.

Hickory Hill is located at 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson.


What: Holiday tour of Hickory Hill

When: 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12

Where: 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson

Admission: $5 reservations required

Web posted on Thursday, November 19, 2009

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