Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hampton Heights Christmas Tour of Homes

The 2008 Historic Hampton Heights Spirit of Christmas Past Tour of Homes will be held Dec. 6, 5 – 9 p.m., and Dec. 7, 1 – 5 p.m. This year’s tour features a range of historically significant homes decked out for the holiday season, providing an opportunity for visitors to step back in time and enjoy the unique homes of the Hampton Heights Historic District, Spartanburg’s oldest intact residential community, and the hospitality of a bygone era.

The home tour will feature a horse-drawn carriage, luminary-lined streets, musicians filling the neighborhood with the sounds of Christmas and homes decked out in Christmas finery. Featured homes are 229 W. Hampton Ave., Kimberlie and Luke Hammond; 203 West Hampton Ave., Tammy and David Stokes; 252 West Hampton Ave., Barry Whitfield and Kenny Covington; 194 West Hampton Ave., Abby Pace and Maia Thrailkill; and Allan and Nadine Odom, 346 South Spring St.; and Montessori Academy, 384 and 352 South Spring Street.

Tickets are being sold at a variety of outlets throughout Spartanburg prior to the tour. On the days of the tour, tickets will be sold at Montessori Academy, which has been located in the Hampton Heights Historic District since 1985 and which recently expanded by restoring one of the historic homes on South Spring St. to accommodate middle school students.

Alan and Nadine Odom are relative newcomers to the historic district, moving into their restored home on Spring St. 18 months ago. They moved to Spartanburg from Elizabeth City, NC, where they had renovated another older house.

“We moved here because of work, and we chose Hampton Heights because of the opportunity to restore ‘The Poster Child,’ which had most of the features we wanted in a home,” Nadine Odom says, referring to her home by the name neighborhood residents have given to the beautifully restored home.

Tickets for the event are available at Preservation Trust, 226 South Spring St.; Hip Hip Hooray, 2660 Reidville Road # 5; Theodore Morris, 571 E. Main St.; and Upstate Forever, 100 E. Main St., Ste. R-4. Admission is $15 for advance tickets, $20 on the weekend of the tour. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. A group rate ticket of $10 is available for groups of 15 or more. For information, contact Tammy Stokes, 864-237-2900 or .

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