Tour of Homes returns

Published 9:37am Monday, April 29, 2013

After a year’s hiatus, the Elmore County Historical Society’s Tour of Historic Wetumpka returns next weekend – and there are several new twists to the event. This year’s tour includes three homes, two museums, two gardens and a business.
“The homes always change for each tour,” said Martha Dykes, publicity chair. “But this time we will see a couple of local gardens and the old Alliance Warehouse.
“I didn’t realize there are so many people in Wetumpka with wonderful gardens at their homes. I’m sure those will be popular with our guests.
“Also, visiting the old warehouse will be fascinating now that Rumbling Water Studios is there. Their woodworking is amazing and they have really done a lot toward restoring the building already.”
The tour, which allows guests to travel to each site on their own, is scheduled for May 4. Locations on the circuit will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch, provided by Emma’s Catering, will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall.
This year’s tour sites are:
•Cottage Gardens, 1917, owner Randy Brown, 704 W. Tuskeena St.
•Isabel Jones Enslen home, 1937, owners Jerry and June Carpenter, 205 Autauga St.
•Plantation Gardens, owerns John and Rebecca Thornton, 805 Tuskeena St.
•Sewell home, c. 1928, owner Louise Sims, 307 N. Bridge St.
•Elisha Milton Cain home, 1848, owners Jerry and May Eason, 311 Government St.
•Black History Museum, c. 1924, 200 Lancaster St.
•Elmore County Historical Society and Museum, 1937, 112 S. Main St.
•Alliance Warehouse, 1818, proprieters Carole Jean Boyd and Dylan Goodson, corner of Ready and Wharf streets
A special ceremony will also be part of the day’s activities. The restored life-sized portrait of Florence Golson Bateman, painted by renowned artist Kelly Fitzpatrick, will be unveiled at 10 a.m. at Bateman’s former home at 311 Government St.
The oil portrait was originally commissioned by the Alabama Department of Archives and History, unveiled in November 1949, and hung in the Archives’ Music Room.
Bateman, who was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2000, was born in 1891. Her family moved to Wetumpka in 1895.
Tour tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from any historical society member, at the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce and at The Prissy Hen.
Lunch reservations should be made immediately and are an additional $10 per person.
Tour tickets will also be available the day of the tour at the Elmore County Museum and The Prissy Hen.
Call 334-514-0929, 205-515-9159 or 334-567-4811 or email for additional information or to make lunch reservations.

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