Homes for the holidays: Eight houses to be featured on popular tour

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

COVINGTON -- This year the Satsuki Garden Club's popular tour of homes will take participants from town to country to explore homes historic and contemporary.

The Covington Candlelight Town and Country Christmas Tour will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9 and this year features eight homes.

"There was so much interest in it, we thought instead of having everybody stay in town we would try to include more of Newton County," said Satsuki Spokeswoman Kelly Dinatti.

Times for the tours vary with each home. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from Mayfield Hardware, Spires Interiors or the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce in downtown Covington.

Homes to be featured on the tour are as follows:

* Pat Dimsdale Home, 4106 Monticello St.

Tour hours: 4-8 p.m.

A Victorian cottage built in the early 1900s, the home was restored by the current owner and includes heart pine floors, 12-foot beadboard ceilings, oak mantles and solid wood doors.

* Sheri and Matt Roberts Home, 65 Glengarry Chase

Tour Hours: 2-6 p.m.

Built in 2005, this modern home features a huge kitchen, two dining areas, a keeping room, several bedrooms and eclectic artwork.

* Neal-Sanders-Ramsey-White House, 5129 Floyd St.

Tour Hours 4-8 p.m.

Capt. McCormick Neal built this home in 1826 for his bride, Sarah. When Sarah was widowed, she risked losing the property because by law she could not hold property as an unmarried woman. So, she married Methodist preacher Charles Sanders, one of the founders of Emory College. In 1933 the house was sold for $2,500 and the facade was purchased by Coe David Ramsey and added to the front of the home located at the present site on Floyd Street. It has been owned by the Hubert White family since 1995.

* Mount Pleasant, 139 Cedar Lane

Tour Hours 2-8 p.m.

This plantation dates back to the 1820s and was one of the leading cotton plantations in Newton County between the 1830s and the Civil War. Located in the Brick Store community, it is currently owned by Ann Brewer.

* Burge Plantation 2659 Ga. Highway 142 E., Mansfield

Tour hours 2-6 p.m.

Built circa 1809, Burge has experienced Native American settlement, 19th-century agrarian life, Civil War strife and emancipation, reconstruction, tenant farming and dairy, crop and cattle operations. It is now a farm, private club and entertainment facility.

* Sandtown Place, 365 Hodges Circle, Mansfield

Tour hours: 2-8 p.m.

Built circa 1840, the current home of Sue and Bill Hodges was relocated from Newborn to its present location. It will be decorated with collections of Christopher Radko, Polonaise, Lenox, Waterford and Frabel ornaments and adorned with eight Christmas trees.

* Home of Kerry and Dan Chapman, 5 Kinloch Court

Tour hours: 2-6 p.m.

Built in 2002, the entrance to this Mediterranean-style home is a circular drive that wraps around a 12-ton fountain made of stone imported from Italy. The three-story home is nearly 10,000 square feet and every room in the rear of the home has full window views of a lake with verandas on all levels. The basement of the home includes an Irish pub and the centerpiece is a large mahogany wood bar imported from England. Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, crystal chandeliers and antique furniture are other features.

* Ridgeline, 5112 Dearing St.

Tour hours: 4-8 p.m.

Home of former Covington Mayor Sam Ramsey and his wife Becky, Ridgeline was built in 1984 and named for its location atop the Ridgeline marking the watershed of the Alcovy River to the east and the Yellow River to the west. It features heart pine floors salvaged from an old warehouse in Porterdale, and a living room mantle, bookshelves and master bath made of white Alabama marble that was once part of the Hurt Building in Atlanta. It also includes Sam Ramsey's Lionel train collection, dating back to the '40s and '50s.

For more information on the tour, e-mail satsukigardenclub@yahoo.com or call 404-402-1867.