By Dasha Morgan
Eight different and unique homes will be on tour this coming Saturday in Montford, a beautiful historic district of Asheville, which was first built between 1890 and 1920. The 2019 Montford Holiday Tour of Homes will be held Saturday,
December 7, from 1-5 pm. The cost is $25 per ticket. Strolling carolers will be present during the tour, and musicians will be playing at 31 Panola street, the home of violinist Melissa Walkenstein.
Montford is the largest Historic District in Asheville, and is an expression of the rich architectural heritage and vitality of the city. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Montford was first built between 1890 and 1920. It includes a variety of architectural styles, reflecting the cosmopolitan character of Asheville at the turn of the 20th century. Lush landscaping, mature trees, parks and historic Riverside Cemetery provide a beautiful natural setting. Many of Asheville’s well known families had homes in the area and are buried in this cemetery.
Following the Great Depression and World War II, Montford experienced a period of decline, as middle class families moved to newer neighborhoods. The 20th and 21st century has seen a revival of the area, with the restoration of these houses. New homes have been built to the standards of the Historic Resources Commission as well.
The non-profit Montford Neighborhood Assn. dedicates proceeds of the Tour to neighborhood projects, including programs for youth at the Tempie Avery Montford Center, custom Montford bus shelters, security at Halloween, and neighborhood beautification. Their newest project is a matching Tree Grant Program, intended to help rejuvenate Montford’s 100-year-old tree canopy.
For more information go to www.Montfordtour.com