Peek into Fort Valley’s history during holiday tour of homes

awoolen@macon.comDecember 12, 2012 

FORT VALLEY -- Ralph and Kathie Lambert have been busy decorating their house while also trying to manage renovations.

The couple has been fixing up the house, which was built in 1890, for more than three years.

It will be one of the stops on Saturday’s Fort Valley Tour of Homes, which is being held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

“The small stuff we do at night,” said Kathie Lambert, program manager at Fort Valley Main Street.

To get the Anderson Avenue house in order, the pair has started working during the day to get ready for visitors.

The tour, which is scheduled every other year, features homes in downtown Fort Valley.

The homes are between 80 and 100 years old, Lambert said.

This year, the tour also includes three churches and Fort Valley State’s Anderson House, as well as the university’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center.

The garden clubs will have volunteers assigned to each house, giving the history and tour of each home.

Most of the houses, including Villa Capriccio Bed and Breakfast, are within walking distance of each other, said Lambert. The churches, Fort Valley United Methodist, St. Andrew’s Episcopal and St. Luke’s Episcopal, also are in the downtown area.

The Lamberts have taken painstaking effort to restore their home back to its historical roots.

In the dining room, they removed two layers of linoleum. In the bathrooms and hallways they uncovered wainscoting, a type of paneling.

The fireplaces had been painted and are now stained back to a more original-looking wood tone.

Some furniture also was bought from the estate to make the rooms even more original.

A farmers market will take place during the tour, and the Peach County Historical Society headquarters at the McArthur-Saxon House will have tour tickets, as well as refreshments.

The homes on the tour include McArthur-Saxon House; Villa Capriccio Bed and Breakfast; Fort Valley United Methodist Church; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; Chamlee-Davis-Polmatier home; Brown-Stump home; Evans-Freshwater home; Bassett-Lambert home; Anderson House at Fort Valley State University; and the Agricultural Technology Conference Center.

The Holiday Market at the Fort Valley Farmers Market will be held at 115 Lowe St.

Tickets for the tour of homes are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Call 825-5986 for more information.

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