BEAUFORT — It was a big weekend for the Beaufort Historical Association as the group presented the Old Homes Tour & More, a fundraising event that takes most of the year to plan.

The event started Thursday with a literary luncheon and a concert, continued Friday and Saturday with the Old Homes & Gardens Tour and ended today with a champagne brunch.

Thursday was a joyous occasion, as everyone gathered at Purvis Chapel for the kickoff concert held each year to honor the tour’s honorary chairmen, who this year are Fred and Joyce McCune.

“To me every year coming to the Purvis Chapel is a sigh of relief,” said BHA Executive Director Patricia Suggs at the start of the concert. “We’ve been working on the Old Homes Tour night and day… we are done. We can worship now here in this beautiful church.”

The Purvis Chapel choir made sure there was plenty of worshiping done that night.

The choir gave a passionate and spirited performance. They raised the roof, praising the Lord with harmonies and got the audience excited for the upcoming tour.

The audience clapped along, stamped their feet and swayed to the music. At some times it was hard to tell who was having more fun, the choir or the audience.

At various points during the performance, the audience was encouraged to sing along with some well-known hymns, such as “Amazing Grace.”

When asked about the concert, the McCunes said they really enjoyed it.

“That was amazing,” Ms. McCune said.

Mr. McCune agreed.

“I do love some good gospel music,” he said.

The tour picked up Friday and Saturday. Tour participants could stroll through the homes and gardens at their own pace.

The Terwilliger home, at 185 Ann St., was built in 2014, but it was designed to fit in with the other buildings in the neighborhood.

The home has double front porches, coffered ceilings and period-specific light fixtures.  

The floor was made with repurposed pine. Visitors could still see bee holes in the wood.

The owners like to travel, and the home features interior pieces that reflect that. There were many pottery pieces from Tuscany, Italy, throughout the house.

Among those visiting the Terwilliger home were Betsy and Julie Garrison, from Raleigh.

The women were on a sisters’ weekend and thought they would check out the Old Homes Tour.

“This is my first time on the tour,” said Betsy. Julie was participating for the third time.

The Terwilliger home was the third house they viewed on the tour.

Another house on the tour was the Puckett home, at 104 Fulford St.

The house was built in 1935, but the Puckett family redid the house, moving windows and doors and adding personal touches.

The artwork of Ruth Puckett is seen throughout the house, including the newest addition, known as the “man cave.”

It has a large living space and a full bathroom on the first floor.

The second floor acts as an artist’s studio for Ms. Puckett, and the third floor has a balcony that offers views of Taylor’s Creek.

The tour also offered bright and beautiful views of gardens, such as those at 104 Ann St.

Contact Megan Soult at 252-726-7081, ext. 228; email; or follow on Twitter @meganCCNT.

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