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Annual Tour of Historic Homes This Saturday

On Saturday, April 22, Lee University’s Department of History will present the 11th Annual Tour of Historic Homes on North Ocoee and Centenary Avenue, near downtown Cleveland.

For over a decade the faculty and students of Lee University have presented the tour as part of the Rediscovering Historic Cleveland initiative. The tours will introduce the families who first lived in the homes, bring to life the historical setting in which the homes were built, and help explain the evolving architecture and design of the houses.

This year’s tour tells the story of four homes: the Hardwick House at 1733 N. Ocoee, the Lukemeyer House at 330 Centenary, the Blevins House at 370 Centenary, and the Ramsey House at 450 Centenary.

Tour of Historic Homes
Blevins House

As in the past, the tours will be conducted by Lee history students who are completing their senior year capstone experience, which includes a public history project (the annual house tour in the spring and, in the fall, the Fort Hill Cemetery Tour). Students conduct interviews, research architecture and design, write the tour guidebook, and provide commentary on the homes.

Elliot Warner, a senior history major from Nashville says “the house tour offers us a chance to learn about and present local history, strengthen ties with the community, and gain insight into the development of Cleveland.”

“The house tour, while presented by Lee, is really a community event,” says Dr. John Coats, faculty sponsor and professor at Lee. “Every year I am so thankful that our neighbors in Cleveland’s historic district are so generous as to volunteer their homes for the tour. Without their help, we wouldn’t be able to bring our community’s history to life—we just can’t thank them enough.”

Tickets will be on sale Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 450 Centenary. The homes will be open for tours until 2 p.m. The $5 admission will support the William Snell History Scholarship at Lee University.

For more information, contact the history department at (423) 614-8137.

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