As the temperature cools, houses throughout the South are opening their doors for Fall tours. Get inspiration for your home or satisfy your nosy tendencies with these tours.
IN SOUTH CAROLINA
The Historic Beaufort Foundation hosts fabulous tours every Spring and Fall. The Fall tour includes a walking tour on Friday in downtown Beaufort. On Saturday there are tours of houses on The Point as well as White Hall Plantation on the Combahee. Local chefs will create regional specialties in private homes on Sunday’s tour “Kitchens & Cuisine.”
The Preservation Society of Charleston offers several different tours throughout Charleston during the month of October including “Homes of the American Revolution” “Colonial Charles Town” & “King Street Tour.”
November 7 & 8
Only open every other year, the Beaufort County Open Land Trust once again hosts a tour of Auldbrass, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Joel Silver, a film producer, has restored it over the past few decades. Be sure to check out Mr. Silver’s exotic animals!
Charleston & Colleton Counties, SC
The South Carolina Historical Society’s signature event focuses on the St. Paul’s Parish this year and includes tours of Willtown Bluff, Christ Church, Hope Plantation, Old Wide Awake, The Wilkinson-Boineau house, Prospect Hill, and more.
October 17, 2015
St. Vincent’s Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school, puts on their annual Tour of Homes & Tea. Tour the 1845 Convent building at St. Vincents and six residences in Savannah’s Historic District. The ticket includes an elegant tea on the on the grounds of the convent.
Golden Isles, GA
This is the perfect weekend to plan your trip to the Golden Isles (Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Brunswick, and St. Mary’s). Over 45 historic homes and sites rarely seen by the public will be on tour benefiting The Georgia Trust.
THROUGHOUT THE SOUTH
September 26, 2015
North Carolina Triangle Region
This is a self-guided tour of award-winning, architect-designed homes in the North Carolina Triangle region hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The houses include new contemporary buildings, as well as renovations of historic buildings.
September 25-October 12
Head a little deeper down South to the charming town of Natchez, Mississippi and tour nineteen antebellum mansions during the day with additional evening events including Gospel music performance and seated dinners. Be sure to visit the
Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture while you are there.
October 24 & 25
If you haven’t been to the mountains in North Alabama, it is worth the trip. The Mentone Arts Council stages the Fall Home Tour and Silent Auction. We spent many summers atop Lookout Mountain, as my daughters and I both went to camp in Mentone. Be sure to check out Desoto Falls, and the Nippersink Lodge has the best turkey dressing you have ever eaten. Get the recipe in time for Thanksgiving!