Around the South, home tours offer guests a chance to peek inside private residences and gardens. Cooler weather makes Fall the best time to take advantage of the opportunity to get an inside look at homes in Beaufort and throughout the South.
2016 Historic Beaufort Foundation Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens- October 28-30
This event is a great way to get to know Beaufort better. The weekend of tours start on Friday with a walking tour in the National Historic Landmark District. Saturday’s tour continues with different houses and gardens in the National Historic Landmark district. The Sunday Kitchen & Cuisine tour is always a favorite. Local chefs create regional specialties in private kitchens in new houses on Cat Island, Distant Island, and Lady’s Island.
Preservation Society of Charleston, The 40th Fall Tour of Homes, History and Architecture, October 6-30, Charleston
Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest community based historic preservation organization in America. They sponsor a variety of tours throughout Charleston, including “A Day on Cooper,” “Gardens of Historic Ansonborough,” “Broad Street Tour” and others.
South Carolina Historical Society 2016 Fall Tour: Beaufort October 30, 11:00-4:00pm
The South Carolina Historical Society was founded in 1855 with the mission to preserve our state’s rich historical legacy for future generations. Their fall tour moves around the state and this year tour covers Beaufort, Parris Island & St. Helena Island. The McKee- DeTreville- Smalls House, Fripp Plantation, Frogmore Plantation, historic buildings on Parris Island and Fort Fremont are all open.
38th Annual Symphony Tour of Homes October 7-9, Greenville, SC
This year’s tour is in the Green Valley area, which is close to Furman University and the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The houses that are open vary from the historic mansion “White Oaks” to a modern, energy efficient home.
Tour of Homes & Tea October 15, Savannah, GA
This annual event hosted by St. Vincent’s Academy benefits the preservation of the historic 1845 convent building which will be open on the tour. Six residences in Savannah’s historic district will showcase houses reflecting their original architectural style as well as contemporary living spaces. Enjoy an elegant Tea on the grounds of St. Vincent’s Academy.
The Georgia Trust Fall Ramble, From River to River: Georgia’s First City October 7-9, Savannah, Georgia
The Georgia Trust is headed to Savannah for three full days of tours. On Friday you can explore Savannah’s earliest street car suburbs of Midtown and Ardsley Park. Downtown Savannah is the focus of Saturday’s tours with an array of private homes and some of Savannah College of Art and Design buildings. A highlight is the Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm. Dinner Saturday night is at the historic Lebanon Plantation. The Moon River district 20 minutes from downtown is the destination for Sunday’s tour.
Around The South
AIA Triangle Tour of Residential Architecture, October 8
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. The architects will be at each house to answer questions.
Natchez Fall Pilgrimage, Natchez, MS, September 23- October 10,
Head a little deeper down South to the charming town of Natchez, Mississippi and tour eighteen 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.