The Highland County Historical Society is getting ready for its annual Tour of Homes and Historic Buildings on Sunday, June 11th from noon to 5 p.m.
Tickets will be $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. People can purchase tickets in advance at Wilkin-Wilkin Insurance 127 South High Street, Hillsboro; Burwinkel Dentistry 323 North High Street, Hillsboro; and the Highland House Museum 151 East Main Street, Hillsboro.
As always, the circa 1844 Highland House Museum will be featured “and is the perfect place to begin your tour if purchasing tickets the day of the event,” according to tour organizer Avery Applegate.
“While you are there, be sure to browse through the new exhibit focusing on the history of Hillsboro’s Lincoln School as well as a traveling display covering the 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education,” Applegate said in a press release.
Other homes and buildings featured this year, as described by Applegate:
1. The home of Betty and Dan Estle at 150 East Main Street is a short walk across the street from the museum. It has been featured in the past, but now has different owners and has been given a different style that suits the house quite nicely.
2. The home of Buck Wilkin, 7980 US 50 East, is a cozy newer home nestled in a copse of trees which features shade gardens and two ponds with fountains.
3. Betty Ann Walker’s “Back Home” shop at 112 East Main Street is the base for the sweetest little apartment perched above. With back access, parking, patio area, and her Back Home Antique Shop right downstairs, you will see why she loves uptown living.
4. Next, we have Mike and Joni Willer’s home at 611 North High Street. This lovely home has been a work in progress for several years, but the Willers now have it just the way they want it… and the new kitchen is a favorite spot in which to gather.
5. Two doors north at 631 North High Street we have the home of Sid and Theresa Raisch. This grand home was on the tour years ago, but Sid has worked his gardening magic to make the place their own lovely haven.
6. Rick and Jennifer Jenkins have been on the tour before, but not in this house. Located at 11728 St. Rt. 72 on the outskirts of the village of Highland, this newer salt box style house is the perfect backdrop for their collection of authentic primitive antiques.
7. New Hope Baptist Church 128 East Beech Street.
8. The Highland County Court House 105 North High Street.
9. The Highland House Museum 151 East Main Street.
“We also have something new to offer this year,” said Applegate. “We will be collaborating with the Brush and Palette Guild in celebration of their 60th anniversary. Each site will have an artist on hand who has created a piece depicting the structure, an architectural feature, or an interesting bit of landscaping in the medium of their choice. Feel free to chat with them about their work and their upcoming show.” Their annual event will be held at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro on Saturday June 24th and Sunday, June 25th from 1-5 p.m..
“We do hope you will support these artists by attending their anniversary show and sale,” said Applegate.
The Home Tour fundraiser helps the Highland County Historical Society by providing much needed funds.
“We are indebted to the owners and representatives for generously agreeing to open their homes and buildings, to the volunteers who will make sure the day flow smoothly, to the committee members who are orchestrating the event, to John Glaze who is creating our brochure, to Marco Renk for taking the photographs and creating our flyers and posters, and to all those behind the scene folks who are willing to have a hand in making this happen, for without them, there would be no Home Tour 2017,” Applegate said.