Fleischmanns house, garden tour October 12
For the first time in decades, some of Fleischmanns’ most interesting and historic homes will be open to tour in “Fleischmanns First Floors Historic House & Garden Tour,” on Sunday, October 12 during the Columbus Day weekend. The community team of Fleischmanns First has gathered a harvest of family fun for that Sunday, including vintage base ball with the Mountain Athletic Club, a quilt show and pie sale at the Fleischmanns Community Church, a children’s activity tent and hay bale maze and plenty of festive ball park food, including bratwurst, in Fleischmanns’ historic Wagner Avenue Village Park.
“As our ‘entrancing’ name suggests, this house tour is the ground floor launch of an event that we will ‘step up’ each year,” noted one of the house tour organizers, Mariano Vega, Jr. “This year we’re inviting folks to see the first floors of some of Fleischmanns’ grandest and most interesting homes. We plan to grow this event in seasons to come, and we won’t stop until we reach the attics!” Vega’s colorful Queen Anne property, Weeping Willow, is among more than half a dozen historic properties that will be open to visitors that Sunday.
During the tour, visitors can peek inside a spooky “haunted house” perched high atop a hill, see how much architectural beauty you could build for just $500 in 1899, and learn which faded Wagner Avenue grande dame was designed by the famed 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, others, including the Black House, retain their original infrastructure, like steam heat pumped into cast iron radia
Children can also participate in the historical fun, with a challenging “scavenger hunt” designed to spark their curiosity about all the intriguing architectural details half-hidden on the exteriors of these old-timey houses. Of course, there’ll be a prize for the fastest pair of eyes!
Back on Main Street, the popular quilt show will be on again at Fleischmanns Community Church, with a pie and baked goodies sale, and a worship service at 9:15 that morning.
The fun and tours get underway at 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., with the ball game beginning at 1 p.m. House tour tickets are $10 and available at the Wagner Avenue ball park or in advance by calling The MARK Group at 586-3500. All other events are free, with donations much appreciated.