Homes for the holidays: Annual tour to feature 5 area houses

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

When Joan Brown took ownership of her mother's College Avenue home in Olde Town Conyers two years ago and made plans to renovate it, the job became a bit more extensive than she had anticipated. The then 57-year-old house suffered from termite damage so extensive that the Browns rebuilt the structure, leaving only the original brick foundation and chimney.

For Brown, the investment was worth it. Having been raised in the house by her parents, Earl and Reba Costley, she recalls visiting her grandparents next door, and socializing with neighbors, some of whom worked in the Rockdale County school system, where she attended and eventually worked.

"I just have a lot of fond memories of such a close-knit neighborhood," said Brown, a retired Rockdale County educator.

Brown's house, at 955 College Ave., is just one of five homes on this year's 14th annual Conyers Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the Pilot Club of Conyers. The self-guided home tour takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6, and groups may meet at the Olde Jail Museum on Milstead Avenue near the Rockdale County Courthouse.

Tickets for the tour are $12 and may be purchased the day of the tour or at the following locations: Conyers Welcome Center, 770-602-2606; Conyers Pharmacy, 770-929-1414; Conyers Flower Shop, 770-483-3532; and Reagan Home Care Pharmacy, 770-483-4727.

Home Tour proceeds benefit people suffering from brain disorders such at traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease. Some beneficiaries of the Pilot Club's generosity include Westbury Health and Rehabilitation Center, the local Brain Injury Support group, Rockdale Cares and Meals on Wheels. The Pilot Club also sponsors Anchor Clubs at Salem and Heritage high schools.

The following houses are the tour:

931 College Ave.

Built in the early 1900s, the home of Brad and Cyndi Johnson is an original three-room cottage with add-ons such as a mudroom and master bathroom.

955 College Ave.

Constructed in 2008 on the footprint of the original home (built in 1950), the home of Joan and Dale Brown features, on the first floor, red oak flooring, a master bedroom, den, large kitchen with breakfast room and screened porch, and on the second floor, sitting nook, two bedrooms, bonus room, bath and storage areas.

962 College Ave.

Owned by Pam and Gerald Hinesley, this 1898 house has undergone extensive renovations including restored kitchen, den, half-bath, dining room with fireplace, staircase, windows and master bedroom. The home also features heart of pine floors.

993 N. Main St.

Homeowners Dennis and Lynn Maddox Holmes moved into this 1897 Victorian house in 1973 and have performed renovations to the home including finishing the attic into a master bedroom suite, sewing room and additional bedroom, along with adding a glassed in sunroom. Many antiques can be found throughout the home which retains much of its original heart of pine flooring, molding, wainscoting, ceilings, doors and handblown glass windows.

938 Peek St.

Built in the late 1800s and now owned by Rosa Sims, this original four-room colonial cottage has grown to include a front living room, dining room, den, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom and enclosed back porch. The home also features tile floors and many historical features.