By Dasha Morgan- On Saturday, December 8th the public will have an opportunity to tour ten historic homes in Asheville’s Montford area from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, homes that date back as far as 1902. Visitors can explore the lovingly restored or carefully constructed eclectic architecture of homes in one of the largest, intact historic districts in the state.
In addition, on tour there are two recently built houses—one in 2013/2014 and another in 2017/2018. Pat Hart and her husband, Ron, just completed a 2,100 square foot Arts & Crafts house, using a totally green builder, JAG & Associates.
Their home is energy efficient and built to blend into the historic area seamlessly. This walking tour consists of a total of ten houses, many with lovely yards and porches. Some are clustered near each other for easy visiting while walking. A map of the area will be provided with the ticket, and a docent will presenting pertinent information and historical facts to the visitors.
The Montford Neighborhood Association uses the funds raised for neighborhood activities and youth activities. Ellen Nutter is President of the Association, and many organizations help with sponsorships, such as Appalachian Realty, Stark Financials, Falcon Construction, Frugal Framer and many others.
Profits from the Home Tour support improvements and activities in Montford such as:
• Funds for youth programs at the Montford Recreation Center
• Support for Montford Music and Arts festival each spring
• Provide security for children to enjoy Halloween in the Montford neighborhood
• Beautification projects in the Montford neighborhood.
Montford of course is within walking distance of downtown Asheville, a portion of which is a National Register Historic District. It was once a premier subdivision and one of the most fashionable places to live. Few neighborhoods express the rich architectural heritage and vitality of Asheville better than the Montford Historic District.
You can find Victorian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles combined with Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and castle-like motifs throughout the neighborhood. Also home to Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery, Montford is the final resting place for authors Thomas Wolfe and William Sydney Porter (better known as O. Henry) as well as Confederate General Robert B. Vance and North Carolina Governor Zebulon Vance, among others. Now there are a number of thriving Bed and Breakfasts in the area, as well as fine restaurant, such as 9 Mile and Chiesa.
There is no doubt Montford has a vibrant community of residents who pride themselves in fine restoration and upkeep of their property.
Purchase your tickets in person Saturday, December 1st – 8th , 2018 (cash or check only) at the Asheville Shop at the Asheville Visitors Center, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.
On Tour Day December 8th purchase your tickets for $25 from 11 AM to 3 PM. This is a “Rain or Shine” event with no refunds. For further information or to purchase a ticket online, go to www.montfordtour.com.