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Eutaw set for tour of homes

The Kirkwood home is one of the historic homes that will be on display during the upcoming Eutaw tour of homes set for early October. -- Courtesy photo

Eutaw residents will welcome visitors with open arms and open doors to the annual tour of homes Oct. 9-10.

“It’s a fun time and a nice weekend,” said Thom Smith, event coordinator.

This year the tour, “A Fashionable Portrait of Historic Eutaw’s Architectural Gems,” features five homes, two churches and historic homes for sale.

Guides, dressed in late 1800s attire, will lead visitors through the homes, highlighting key furniture and decorations.

“I know a lot of people like to see that they are full of antiques,” said Joanne Porter, event coordinator.

The homes on the tour are Oakmont, Murphy-Dennis house, Kirkwood, Ward-Fleming house and Sans Souci.

Oakmont, an 1843 Greek revival home, has four large octagonal columns and fountain in the front lawn. The home is now a bed and breakfast.

The Murphy Dennis house, an 1847 Louisiana cottage style home, has a unique collection of silver and other items from the era of the home. It is also one of two homes in Eutaw to have a winter kitchen. Homes of this era had kitchen detached from the home, but the family used the basement kitchen so food would not be cold by the time it was placed on the table.

Kirkwood, built in 1860, is one of the most photographed homes in the South, according to Smith. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Ward-Fleming house, built in 1896, is a Victorian home with a ballroom and large bathrooms. Current residents decorated interiors and the grounds to retain the original charm of the home.

Sans Souci is the newest home on the tour this year. Built in 1979, the European-style home is a collaboration of French, Italian and American design and furnishings. The name Sans souci means “without a care” in French.

The First Presbyterian Church and St. Stephens Church will also be open for tours.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 per child and are valid for both days.

All proceeds will be contributed to the repainting of the courthouse on the square and repainting other buildings on the square.

Homes will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Oct. 10. For more information, contact 205-372-4489 or 205-375-1758.