Fleischmanns First opens "storied" homes to public tours on Oct. 11

Fleischmanns — Fleischmanns’ most interesting historic homes will be open to tour in “Fleischmanns First Floors Historic House & Garden Tour” on Sunday, Oct. 11 during the Columbus Day weekend. The Fleischmanns First team has gathered a harvest of family fun, including vintage baseball with the Mountain Athletic Club, a children’s activity tent, and plenty of festive ballpark food to enjoy all day in Fleischmanns’ historic Wagner Avenue Village Park. 
“This event was so popular and well-attended last year that we have even more homes and properties on the tour this year — about a dozen as of press time — including several that weren’t on the tour last fall,’ noted one of the event organizers, Michelle Sidrane. 
During the tour, you can see just how much architectural beauty you could build for just $500 in 1899, and learn which faded Wagner Avenue grande dame was designed by the infamous architect Stanford White. 
Organized by Fleischmanns First, the house tour is a trip in time travel, to the days when Fleischmanns was the summer resort of thousands of visitors, with boarding houses bursting with summer gaiety and patrician families taking a respite from Manhattan’s swelter. While some homes have been lovingly restored for modern use (for example, Weeping Willow has 11-zone heat), others retain their original infrastructure, like steam heat pumped into cast iron radiators. The entire village is a feast of late 19th- and early 20th-century architecture that you can enjoy and learn about on October 11
That weekend will also be the season’s last hurrah for the quaint hometown Fleisch-manns’ Museum of Memories (behind the Skene Memorial Library on Main Street). The final game of the Mountain Athletic Club vintage baseball season in the historic Wagner Avenue ball park will begin at 3 p.m. The children’s activity tent will also get underway in the afternoon, with plenty of hands-on fun. You won’t go hungry either, with fun and hearty ballpark fare available throughout the day.
House tours begin at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., with the ball game starting at 3 p.m. House tour tickets are $12 and available at the Wagner Avenue ball park or in advance by calling the MARK Project at 586-3500. All other events are free, with donations much appreciated.
For specific questions or more information, you can also e-mail peg@markproject.org. The day’s events are funded in part by the Kenneth Pasternak Family Foundation and the O’Connor Foundation, with technical assistance from the MARK Project.