Church Street is expected to be the center of activity for this year’s Guyton Tour of Homes, according to organizers.
In years past, the tour has relied on donations. This year, organizers are charging a fee of $10 per adult.
“Last year, we did not get donations like we had,” Pearl Boynes of the Guyton Historical Society told city council members.
In years past, donation buckets have been set up throughout Guyton, including at the women’s club and the trolley, to help offset the costs of the tour. But donations have dried up, according to Boynes.
“They’re just not doing that anymore,” she said.
Ticket proceeds will go toward protecting and enhancing Guyton’s historic district.
But the tour will have one attraction to make it easier on tourgoers this year.
“The good thing this year is we have four houses on Church Street,” Boynes said. “We hope that will be the center of activity.”
The Church Street homes on the tour are Dawn Oswald’s home at 109 Church, Terri Harrison’s home at 110 Church, the home of Ken Kennedy and Joyce Martin at 301 Church and Beulah, the home of the late Dr. Willie Grier Todd, the founder of the tour.
Beulah and the churches are free to tour.
“With a lot of the homes and churches on Church Street, it will be nice,” said Claudette Griffin of the Guyton Historical Society.
Griffin said tour goers could walk that portion of the tour and not have to wait on the trolley.
Guyton churches also will be open for the tour and the other homes on the list are on Lakeview Drive and Honey Ridge Road.
Ticket sales have gone well.
“They are going pretty good,” Griffin said. “We’ve had lots and lots of calls about it.”
Griffin said she is encouraging tour goers to get their tickets ahead of time so they don’t have to wait in line.
All the homes and churches will be listed on the ticket. A map of the tour will be on the back of the tickets. Tickets will be on sale at the Guyton Women’s Club and at Guyton Elementary School after 4 p.m. on the day of the tour.
The tour will run from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday. There will be trolley rides, quilt displays, music and food. Tour tickets are available at Gregory’s Floral Designs and Gift Shoppe. Those interested also may call Griffin at 772-3377 or Jennifer Reiser at 772-8187.
The trolley will begin service after 5 p.m. to take tour participants to the stops and will leave from Guyton Elementary.
The Guyton Volunteer Fire Department is hosting “an old-fashioned breakfast dinner” from 4:30-7:30 at Guyton Elementary. The cost is $5 per plate.