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54th Annual Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour and Antique Show
June 1, 2014

Strolling through the third oldest town in North Carolina, one can discover historic homes that once belonged to Beaufort's earliest sea captains, seafarers, and merchants. Boasting more than 200 homes in the National Registered Historic District that are over a century old, and several private residences that are more than 200 years old, the picturesque town of Beaufort sets aside a special time each year to showcase the rich history of the seaport settlement. Once again, the 54th Annual Beaufort Old Homes & Gardens Tour held June 27th and 28th, will invite visitors and locals alike to breathe in the fragrant salty air, stroll leisurely down the tree-lined streets, and discover an array of historic homes and buildings.

For the eleventh time, the Old Homes and Gardens Tour has been named recipient of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for June 2014. This prestigious award includes such events as the Kentucky Derby, the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Georgia, and Carteret County's own Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend. Beaufort offers enough attractions, amenities, and activities to rival any seaside destination, earning the town its title of “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel Magazine and “Best Yachting Town” by Yachting Magazine.

The Old Homes & Gardens Tour is a perfect opportunity to explore beautiful restored historic homes, superb gardens, and churches. From small cottages to double-porched homes, this year's tour will feature 11 private homes, 10 lush gardens, and artist studios as well as “plein-air” artists around town. New this year is a vintage airstream trailer completely decorated. The restored buildings on the Beaufort Historic Site will be open both days with docents in period dress. Other popular events include an Antique Car Show, an opening concert by the Carteret Chorale, and narrated tours of the Beaufort Historic District aboard a vintage English double-decker bus.

Since 1960, this annual weekend has been the largest fundraiser for the Beaufort Historical Association and has been a time of community involvement and pride where Beaufort residents proudly open the doors of their splendid homes to help and support the BHA's preservation efforts and educational programs.

Kicking off this year's Tour were two lively and successful events at the Beaufort Historic Site: the Art opening on Thursday, June 5th for featured artist Larry Dean, and the new “Men Who Cook” Party which was held on Saturday, June 7th. Dean's show, “Beaufort's Colorful Palette,” will be on display through the month of July. It features his inaugural collection of nautical themed work, which captures the charm of Beaufort's waterfront town and stunning coastal landscape through the eyes of a visitor. The “Men Who Cook” party coincided with the release of the second volume of the “Beaufort Cooks” cookbook, a compilation of dishes from the local men of Beaufort. The popular keepsake is available at the Beaufort Historical Association Welcome Center at 130 Turner Street and retails for $10. During the event, several of the men were on hand as guest chefs to prepare delicious tastings of the recipes included in the cookbook, making for a memorable evening of delicious food and drinks. This party also served to thank the homeowners and garden owners who work so hard to get their homes and gardens ready for the wonderful Tour that showcases the best of Beaufort.

Each of the private homes on the Tour, from the historic to the newly-constructed, has a distinct personality as unique and varied as the homeowners themselves. Tour-goers will expect to find architecture and décor that range from the Victorian Era to modern styling, filled with notable artwork and beautiful antiques passed down from older generations.

Featured on the 2014 Tour are the home of Pam and Dan Boney; the c1901 W.A. Pierce House, home of Lucia and Richard Stanley; the home of Paula Stancil; c1827 M.C. Thomas House, home of Joanie and Winburne King; the home of Sandy and Ron Grotheer; the home of Carolyn and Doug Brady; the home of Pat and Mike Hartman; the home of David and Adeline Talbot; c1912 Earl Smith House, home of Hilda and Dan Wilson; the home of Jane and John Bales; and the c1940's Fishhouse, owned by Faye Styron-Brown and Jim Brown.

The Carteret Chorale, under the direction of Laurence Stith, will present a concert on Thursday, June 26th that will commence the weekend's activities. Beginning at 8 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 215 Ann Street in Beaufort, the concert will honor this year's Honorary Chairs, Alan and Becky Blankenship, as well as the hundreds of volunteers who help make the busy weekend so successful. The concert is free and open to the public with a reception following in the Parish Hall.

Held in conjunction with the Old Homes Tour, the Antiques Show and Sale will be held June 27th through the 29th, with over 40 dealers from throughout the Southeast, displaying furniture, silver, crystal, jewelry, linens, dolls, and much more. The Antiques Show will be held in the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City and offers 3 days of great antiquing to fit any budget. With such a wide range of dealers offering treasures and collectibles of all types, from fine china to vintage jewelry to refurbished one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, there is truly something for everyone. A Gourmet Tea Room will be open during the Antiques Show and Sale and will offer specialty sandwiches provided by Amos Mosquito's Restaurant, Beaufort Grocery Company, and Spouter Inn, beverages, and a variety of homemade desserts.

This annual event gives visitors the chance to find out more about the wonderful history of Beaufort with most wanting to return for more. Tickets for the Old Homes & Gardens Tour are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, and the Antiques Show and Sale tickets are $7 and good for all three days. Combination tickets for both the Old Homes and Gardens Tour and Antique Show and Sale are available for $21 in advance and $24 the days of the events.

For more information on any of these events, please contact the Beaufort Historical Association at (252) 728-5225, stop by the Beaufort Historical Association Visitor's Center at 130 Turner Street, or visit www.beauforthistoricsite.org.

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