Saturday will be a busy day in Apalachicola as scores of visitors are expected for the 22nd Annual “Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour” sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church.
The tour is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola on Friday and Saturday, May 2 – May 3. This year’s theme, “And the Livin' Is Easy" is as apropos to the grand Gothic Revival home and the beautiful Queen Anne abode as it is to the precious bungalow and all sizes and sorts in between. All of the homes featured on this year's tour are vintage homes with interesting histories, contemporary touches and homeowners who take pride in their houses and have found a perfect fit for their unique style in this community.
Featured house for the 2014 tour is the home of Briana Wheatly, built for George H. Whiteside, owner and operator of the Apalachicola Ice and Canning Company, in the Gothic Revival Style, circa 1872. At one point in its history, the house was altered for use as a boarding house, but eventually, it reverted to its single-family dwelling status. A recent major renovation involved the addition of a large kitchen and half bath. On view are many articles of interest that the homeowner has collected in her travels. Plein Air paintings, as well as art work from local artists in Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Seaside, number among them.
Other homes on the tour include the Dodd-Denis- Galloway House at 187 Ave. C, constructed circa 1900 by the Glass family’ the long-time occupants of the home were the Dodds. The current owners engaged in an extensive renovation of the property with a goal to retain the original character of the Gulf Coast cottage.
Also the V.G. Sangaree – Huntington House at 173 Ave. C, built in 1949 for a local undertaker to replace a two-story home that once stood on the property. Timbers used in this house were retrieved from the ruins of St. Patrick's Catholic Church after it burned in the early 20th century.
Also, the Ronat Sangaree - Seibert House at 110 17th St. , a oastal cottage, reputedly more than 100 years old, constructed of cypress and heart pine, both indigenous materials to the area.
Also, the Hoffman – Dosik House at 47 11th St., a Gulf Coast style cottage built in 1892 and moved to its present location in 1960.
Also “Lynn Haven,” the Porter-Spohrer House at 127 Ave. B, a grand Queen Anne home built by Richard Gibbs Porter in 1898. An 1856 Steinway grand piano is quite noteworthy, and at the rear of the house, an art studio is the latest addition.
Also, the Lauver – Sawyer House, at 50 10th St., an early 20th century cottage that measures only 800 square feet and is a perfect example of how well one can live in a small space.
Also, the Richardson – Gallant House at 203 9th St. , a newly completed home with subtle colors and finished detail sensitive to its woodsy environment; and the Dagenhart House at 174 1/2 Frederick S. Humphries St., a Charleston style house which replaced a tiny shotgun house on a half-lot. A collection of bird houses, an antique collection of snow globes, and art work collected over decades of travel add personal touches to this modern home.
Evensong service at Trinity Episcopal Church will be held on Friday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m., the traditional opening for the home tour. It will be followed by a reception to which all are invited. Homes will be open only on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-sale tickets will be available at $20 until the day of the event. On May 3, ticket sales will begin at 9:30 a.m. at $25 per ticket.
For more information or ticket sales please contact Trinity Episcopal Church at 653-9550 or the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at 653-9419. Please visit the tour website at apalachicolahistorichometour.org
A sealed-bid auction will be a part of Saturday’s Home and Garden Tour festivities.
The auction will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature a wide range of items. Winning bidders may pick up items by 3 p.m.
Items to be auctioned include three elegant brass chandeliers, a16” pearl necklace appraised at $1,500, a 60-year-old Delft plate, a Dhurrie and other fine rugs, a pair of signed Orefors Swedish glass candlestick holders, an 1800s Pennsylvania pressed glass castor set, an antique cut glass cream and sugar and realistic life size leather Toucan.
Also featured will be antique and mid-century modern furniture, an icon of Christ by Phyllis Blake who wrote the Stations of the Cross in Trinity church, a silver deposit rose bowl, a handmade ceramic octopus by Anne Eason, a 1950s Evinrude 3-hp folding motor, a St. George Island beachfront vacation rental, a number of oil paintings, watercolors and photographs.