by Madison Fisler Lewis
Sept. 3, 2014. On Saturday, Sept. 6, the Crossnore area will host the annual Home and Garden Tour benefitting Avery County Habitat for Humanity. During the tour, three homes, a garden and an historic church will be showcased to the public.
Tour guests will visit Joe and Patty Weld’s equestrian farm and Victorian-style house galled Gallops Farm. They will also enjoy Halfway to Heaven, the colorful and vibrant home of artist Heidi Fisher. Then there will be the special library, animals and the ever-evolving farmhouse of Ann and Charles Baker. In addition to these interesting homes, guests will see Clotta Smith’s yard, Terra Vista. This site includes an arboretum of unusual trees and natural flowers, many rooted from historic sites. Crossnore’s Bresbyterian Church with its unique history and architectural ingenuity will also be included on the tour.
“We raised just under $5,000 last year,” said Jordan Slagle, Development Director for Avery County Habitat for Humanity.
“This year we would like to raise $5,000.”
On its very first year last year, 170 people turned out to support the organization by touring area homes. This year, the turnout is expected to be at least 200 people.
This year’s tour will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The last tour van will leave at 2 p.m. and no personal vehicles will be allowed on the tour. Crossnore Town Hall will act as the starting point for the event, and guests awaiting their transportation for the tour will be able to enjoy a walking tour of historic downtown Crossnore and enjoy a terrarium and fairy garden display by Jane Smith, proprietor of Main Street Antiques of Elk Park.
Tickets for this annual event are $25 and can be purchased at the following locations:
- Main Street Antiques of Elk Park
- Wingin’ It of Banner Elk
- Crossnore Town Hall
- Avery Habitat Restore of Newland
- United Community Bank of Newland
- Mountaineer Landscaping & Flowers of Linville
- Mountaineer Garden Center in Banner Elk
- Erick’s Cheese and Wine Shop in Banner Elk
Tickets are also available online. To purchase tickets online, click here. All tickets purchased online will be held at will call.
This year, transportation will be provided for each attendee. Guests should arrive at Town Hall and await their transportation by shuttle. The shuttle services are provided by Avery County Transportation Services.
For more information about this event, call 828-733-1909.