Hickory – Tickets are now on sale for Hickory Landmarks Society’s 24th Annual Romance of the Home and Garden Tour. Seven homes, and/or gardens are featured on the tour. All will be opened to the public on Saturday May 19 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Homes and gardens are grouped in easily accessible areas around the city. This year’s tour features a variety of homes which date from 1900 to 1955. Sites include the stately Bailey Patrick House, adapted to modern offices, the traditional mid-century L.P. Frans house and a touching memorial garden. The Kenworth Historic District is represented by three 1920’s bungalows with unique features and decor. The Perry-Bolick house offers a rare glimpse at restoration in progress.

Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased at Maple Grove (542 2nd Street NE), Bottega (262 1st Ave. NW), Jenny’s Gifts and Accessories (436 Main Ave. NW), The Sally Company(323 2nd St. NW), Village Gardens(Hwy 127 at 19th Ave. NW) and Lowe’s Foods at Belle Hollow (3010 North Center Street) . Tickets will be available on the day of the tour for $30.00.

Included in the price is a continental breakfast and guest speaker Calvin Reyes, Executive Director of the Henry River Preservation Fund. Calvin and his family (Elaine Namour – Mother and Michael Namour – Step Father) purchased the Henry River Mill Village property. They established the not for profit Henry River Preservation Fund to focus on the preservation and continued education of the Historic Henry River Mill District. Calvin and his wife, Melissa, and their 3 children live in downtown Hickory and enjoy spending time in the community they have decided to call home. Their hope with a project like Henry River is to demonstrate the importance of the adaptive reuse of historic properties, and to bring life and hope back to the community for their children and others to flourish and grow. His and his family’s vision for Henry River is to create a destination that highlights more than just history, but allows visitors to experience all of the great heritage, culture and quality products that western North Carolina has to offer that can’t be duplicated anywhere else in the world.

For ticket information and telephone orders call the Hickory Landmarks Society at (828) 322-4731. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hickorylandmarks.org where complete information about the sites and speaker can be found.

Participants are provided with a map, driving directions and clear signage to find the tour sites located within a 10 mile radius of Maple Grove Museum Historic House Museum.

Special thanks to the sponsors of the 24th Annual Romance of the Home and Garden Tour: Catawba Valley Medical Center, Allegra Print and Imaging, Steele’s Construction Company, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Van Johnson Painting and Repairs, Hickory Sheet Metal, Graystone Eye, Turf Pro Inc., Wells Fargo Advisors, Moretz Mills, L&L Catering, and It’s My Party.

The Hickory Landmarks Society is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.

The Bailey Patrick House is one home on the tour