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Tickets on sale for 27th Candlelight Tour of Homes
Tickets on sale for 27th Candlelight Tour of Homes

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary’s 27th Candlelight Tour of Homes will feature a walking tour and a scavenger hunt to give participants a more interactive role as they take in some of Newnan’s most interesting, turn-of-the-century and early 1900s dwellings.  

The Tour of Homes will be held Friday, Dec. 5 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature six homes along a one-mile loop, allowing participants to walk the tour if they desire. The scavenger hunt will challenge visitors who match the house address to the correct architectural detail of the home to enter into a drawing for a gift basket from local vendors.

The featured homes will be the:

·         Salbide-Kestler-Pate Home at 32 Wesley Street

·         Salbide-Odom-Lee Home at 30 Wesley Street

·         Cook-Carlson Home at 72 College Street

·         McWhorter Home at 27 Temple

·         Edmundson-Arnold-Pringle-Maag Home at 49 Jackson

·         McRitchie-Hollis House at 74 Jackson

Tickets for the annual event are now on sale and may be purchased at the Piedmont Newnan Fitness Center in downtown Newnan, the Coweta County Visitor’s Center at the historic courthouse in downtown Newnan, The Poplar Shop at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Collectors’ Corner on Highway 34 East in Sharpsburg and the gift shop at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. The tickets cost $15 if purchased in advance. On the evening of the event, tickets may be purchased at any of the homes on the tour for $20.

Tickets and information, including sponsorship opportunities, are also available from Auxiliary members or by calling the Auxiliary Office at 700-400-2380.

Tour goers will be able to visit:

Salbide-Kestler-Pate Home at 32 Wesley Street: It has been 15 years since this two-story frame house at 32 Wesley was last on the Tour of Homes.  Owned by renowned local artist Martin Pate and his wife Rhonda, the homestead-style house is one of two houses on the tour this year built by “Newnan Girl” cigar manufacturer, Manuel Salbide. Built the same year as Newnan's courthouse (1904), this house retains much of its original plaster, R.D. Cole mantels and woodwork. The front parlor has a hand painted frieze designed by Martin to complement the Bradbury wallpaper in the foyer. Throughout the Pate home you will see many original paintings of Martin`s, including not only several portraits of the children at various ages but also landscapes from some of Martin`s favorite places to travel. The downstairs bathroom features the original tub and a stained glass window made by Martin`s mother.  A library and master bedroom/bath were added in the late 70's.

Salbide-Odom-Lee Home at 30 Wesley Street: Starting with the keyhole window and a circular porch with a copper roof, there is much to see in this turn-of-the-century (1904) cottage built by Manuel Salbide. The present owners, Mark and Lisa Lee, take great care to preserve its heritage while making it their own.  Their stripping the layers of paint off the cast iron of the original fireplaces can only be described as a labor of love. Some of the period features include the tin ceiling and built-in china cabinets in the dining room, art deco style stained glass in the sunroom, and the wonderful casement windows in the den.

Cook-Carlson Home at 72 College Street: Built in the 1940’s by WWII veteran Bill Cook, this charming bungalow was a typical middle-class home. It is remarkable for the efficient use of space and rich décor including hardwood floors, wainscoting, and convenient built-ins. Other unique attributes include a phone niche – popularized in the 1930s to accommodate the wondrous but cumbersome telephone, and intricate picture molding – rails for hanging pictures without impacting the wall.  Its character tells a story of history and innovation. Even through numerous renovations, this home continues to inspire new memories. 

McWhorter Home at 27 Temple: The McWhorter Home is a Folk Victorian style home built circa 1905 on part of what was the campus of College Temple, a school for girls from 1850's to 1889. The home is a classic example of Queen Anne architecture minus a few embellishments of Victorian style. It exhibits the asymmetrical style popular during the era.  All floors are original heart pine and the five fireplaces with the tile surround are original to the home. The garden to the right of the house was part of the gardens of the College, and there are still bricks embedded in the yard outlining what were their flower beds. 

Edmundson-Arnold-Pringle-Maag Home at 49 Jackson: This Painted Lady Victorian was built c. 1890 by C. P. Edmundson.  In 1913 owner Elizabeth (Lizzie) Arnold married William Bull Pringle, the Secretary of the Newnan Water and Light Commission.  Consequently, this was one of the first homes in Newnan to be connected to the water system.  The house is substantially larger than the exterior suggests.  One of the most delightful features of the house is that, when the kitchen and family room were added, the owners kept the original back of the house and built around it.  What was once the exterior of the house is now the interior.

McRitchie-Hollis House at 74 Jackson: In 1971 the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society (NCHS) was founded to interpret and preserve the heritage of Coweta County. Now based in the beautifully restored McRitchie-Hollis Museum at 74 Jackson Street, the NCHS headquarters was once the home of Arnall Mills’ president Ellis Peniston and his wife, Mildred Arnall. Built in 1937, the home was designed by famed architect R. Kennon Perry and was restored through a bequest from the estate of the late Edgar B. Hollis. The foyer features a two-story mural in the style of WPA artist Athos Menaboni. Exhibits in 2014 have featured the art of Martin Pate, the history of the "home front" during World War II, and the Easter egg art of Vinnie Rosenzweig.  On exhibit during this year’s Candlelight Tour of Homes, you can see a holiday-themed exhibit featuring the NCHS textile collection including clothes from the 19th and early 20th centuries.  “Letters to Santa” serve as a context for illustrating life in different historical eras with striking examples of wedding dresses, school clothes, and outfits for formal occasions.

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