David Williams House

The David Williams House, built in 1883, at 301 Broad St. hosts a flurry of guests during a past annual Beaufort Old Homes Tour & More. This year’s event starts with the Literary Luncheon at noon Thursday, June 27. (Dylan Ray photo)

The Beaufort Historical Association is gearing up for one of this summer’s biggest events, the 59th annual Old Homes & Tour and More.

This event is jam packed with activities sure to please everyone who comes out to the tour.

The Old Homes Tour & More runs from Thursday, June 27 to Sunday, June 30 and features a literary luncheon, a concert, home and garden tours and a champagne brunch.

BHA Executive Director Patricia Suggs said she was looking forward to this year’s tour and seeing all of the hard work come to life.

“We have incredible homes and gardens for our tour attendees this year,” she said. “I know that the homeowners have worked so hard to get ready, with many of them having to repair hurricane (Florence) damage, as well. We’re just glad to have the town reasonably back together, and we are especially fortunate that we can welcome visitors to Beaufort.

“We hope everyone will come and see for themselves all that has been done for our visitors. The hard work by all the staff, the volunteers and the homeowners themselves is truly amazing,” she continued.

Starting the four-day spectacle is the Literary Luncheon, which is at noon June 27.

Bestselling authors Patti Callahan Henry and Beaufort’s own Kristy Woodson Harvey will host a luncheon at the Coral Bay Club in Atlantic Beach.

With 15 novels to her credit, including Becoming Mrs. Lewis – The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis, Ms. Callahan Henry will discuss her latest Southern fiction novel, The Favorite Daughter.

Tickets for the luncheon and program are $40 and can be purchased online or by calling the historic site. The luncheon is sponsored by Holland Shepard Group and Flaire Fine Home Furnishings and Gifts.

Following the luncheon is the Purvis Chapel Choir Concert. The music starts at 7 p.m. at one of the most historic churches in the state.

The concert is free and open to the public with a reception following in the parish hall to pay a special tribute to this year’s honorary co-chairmen of the Beaufort Old Homes Tour, Joyce and Fred McCune. The event is sponsored by Public Radio East.

Then the 59th annual Beaufort Old Homes and Gardens Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 28-29.

During the tours, participants can explore 13 private homes, buildings on the historic site and nine gardens around town.

This year’s tour will feature 10 gardens and multiple churches and artists’ studios throughout town, as well as the authentically restored buildings and grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site.

The houses on the tour include the home of Debbie and Johnny Watkins, 101 Broad St.; the home of Joan and Prentiss Baker, 104 Gallants Lane; the home of Patricia and Tony Rodriguez, 207 Moore St.; the home of Sandy Grotheer, 212 Ann St.; the home of Gail and Steve Bishop, Dill House, c. 1895, 131 Craven St.; the home of Ann and Dexter Matthews, Susie E. Moore House, c. 1908, 606 Ann St.; the home of Mary and John Phillips, 206 Marsh St.; the home of Fritzie and Jamie Green, 811 Ann St.; the home of Kathie and Robert Terwilliger, 815 Ann St.; the home of Bobby and Phil Lane, 812 Ann St.; the home of Christine and Stephen Klein, 907 Ann St.; the home of Will Madison and Steven Kicklighter, Marianna Willis House, c. 1872, 1007 Ann St.; and the home of Ruth and Steve Puckett, 104 Fulford St.

The tour is self-paced, and tickets are $20 per person. Tickets are good for both days and can be purchased on the historic site’s website.

The final event of the Old Homes Tour is the Southern Style Now Brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 30.

 Pop the bubbly and celebrate during the Old Homes Tour’s closing event, featuring designer and author Robert Leleux with his latest book, Southern Style Now.

Mr. Leleux is a well-known designer and founder of the Southern Style Now festival in Charleston, S.C.

He is a former editor of Domino magazine and Lonny magazine and has written essays and articles for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine and The Huffington Post.  

In his new book, he showcases the fresh take on interiors from the next generations of Southern decorators which, according to one review, combine family heirlooms with flea market finds, antiques with IKEA and grandmother’s silver with flashing neon signs.  

The brunch will be held at the home of Deborah and Charles Llewellyn and will be catered by Scarborough Fare Catering.  

Tickets for the brunch are $85 and can be purchased online or by calling the historic site. The brunch is sponsored by Will and Kristy Harvey and First Citizens Bank.

Ms. Suggs said the literary luncheon and champagne brunch were added to the tour lineup last year and proved successful.

“The events last year were extremely popular and all were sold out well in advance,” she said. “Visitors loved the emphasis on history, literature and Southern design, which we are bringing back again this year with our renowned speakers.”

For details or tickets, call 252-728-5225, visit the beauforthistoricsite.org or email pr@beauforthistoricsite.org.

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