Christmas sights
Home tour Dec. 11

COVINGTON - Local historic homes will be aglow in candlelight and decorations of the season in preparation for the Covington Candlelight Christmas Tour sponsored by the Satsuki Garden Club.

Tickets are on sale now for the event, which will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11.

This year's tour features five homes steeped in history, including the home of Denny and Cathy Dobbs, located at 329 Harold Dobbs Road. Built in 1825, the house is rumored to have been used by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and his troops as a lookout during the Civil War.

Other homes on the tour include that of Bill Wheeler, located at 3112 Floyd St. and built at the turn of the 20th century. The home has been completely restored and is now full of art and antique collectibles.

Jonathan and Sallie Paschal are opening their Victorian cottage at 2207 Conyers St., built circa 1892. Several prominent Newton County families have resided there, and the home still contains the original ceilings, heart of pine floors and fireplaces.

Rounding out the list are the home of Trey and Jennifer Long located at 4104 Floyd St., built circa 1923, which combines prairie, colonial and American four-square styles, and the home of Tommy Ballard, at 2136 Conyers St. Ballard's home was custom-built in the early 1900s by Sears Roebuck and Co., which at that time offered home plans and materials for complete houses, ready cut and labeled for assembly.

"We try to do homes that have not been done recently. We're just always at the mercy of the homeowner if they want us in their homes," said Debbie Massey, co-chair of the tour, who said organizers keep a list of homes requested by the public.

Held on a bi-annual basis, the popular self-guided driving tour is the biggest fundraiser for the Satsuki Garden Club, netting between $15,000 and $20,000.

"We put the money back out into the community," Massey said, noting that the club is currently supporting about 15 local projects.

"We've been doing this for almost 20 years and we've never raised ticket prices. A lot of people give tickets as teacher gifts, choir director gifts, early stocking stuffers for friends," she said.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on the Square in Covington at Spires Interiors; Square Dots; or Covington Cooks.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling Pam Pace at 770-787-9017. For more information, e-mail satsukigardenclub@yahoo.com.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.