Homes to be featured in STEP Into Christmas, a home tour fundraiser for Solutions That Empower People (STEP), have been announced and include six historic homes in the Claiborne Avenue neighborhood of Rocky Mount. the event will be Dec. 7 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Included in the tour are two homes — built in the late 1800s — both of which have been renovated to become bed and breakfasts with a guest house. Also on the tour is a home that once served as a well-known medical center and an all-metal Lustron home.
“Ticket holders will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see firsthand the inside of some of Rocky Mount’s most distinctive historic homes,” said Marc Crouse, STEP executive director. “People who take the tour will be able to see parts of homes not often open to the general public. They will hear about their history and stories about the families who have lived there. It’s going to be a very fun afternoon.”
Last year’s inaugural Christmas home tour sold more than 500 tickets, said Kris Landrum, STEP’s marketing and communications director. The event raised $17,000 toward funding STEP’s support programs, including Early Head Start, Meals on Wheels, transportation, housing and weatherization and financial services.
“We were delighted with the turnout and the support we received from the community,” Landrum said.
This year’s event will feature a sixth home and a brief stop at the historic High Street Cemetery, where the Franklin County Historical Society volunteers will provide an oral history of Rocky Mount’s beginnings. Landrum said many of the founding families are buried in the cemetery.
The tour homes each will be decorated in styles unique to their owners. Landrum said the tour is a “good place to get holiday decorating ideas from.”
The homes included in this year’s tour are owned by Aaron and Sarah Stubbs (145 Claiborne Ave.), David and Kimberly Lang (220 Claiborne Ave.), Jim and Diane Lovell (Earth Environmental at 235 Claiborne Ave.), Amy and Matthew Vann (The Claiborne House at 185 Claiborne Ave.), Glenna and Larry Moore (The Angle Guest House at 215 Claiborne Ave.), and Dr. Richard and Teresa Harrell (an all-metal Lustron home at 170 High St.).
The event will also feature strolling Christmas carolers and seasonal refreshments at the Franklin Center at 50 Claiborne Ave.
Tickets are available at eventbrite.com and are $15 in advance ($20 on tour day). Tickets can also be reserved by calling 483-5142, ext. 3003.