Holiday Tour of Homes this Sunday
By By Adrienne McKenzie
The annual Grand Ole Dames Garden Club Tour of Homes will be held this Sunday. There are four homes that will be showcased this year.
Club member Levice Haynie said the Tour of Homes is a great way to get you into the holiday mood.
"It's sets off the Christmas spirit around here," Haynie said.
Jerry and Faith Gehman's home is on the list to be shown Sunday. The Gehman home was built in 1957 for O.C. Hawkins. The Ranch-style Southern home has been expanded twice since it was built. The home consists of 3,750 square feet, which includes, four bedrooms, six bathrooms (two half bathrooms), a 14X32 formal living and dining room area and a 24X24 family room.
The second floor bedroom of the home faces the back of the property, across the pergola porch and the circle drive has pineapple columns. The home has a long front porch and double front doors, which gives guests a nice Southern welcome.
Cornelious Hawkins had a unique interior design idea with a stain glass door, handmade by Mrs. Hawkins, which is in between the kitchen and the formal dining room of the Gehman home.
The home is still almost as Mrs. Hawkins left it however numerous renovations are planned.
The Gehmans bought the home in September 2005 and the pool was added in 2006.
Jerry Gehman uses the Frisco caboose as his office and recording studio. The caboose was also built in '57 and rode along the Frisco Railway. It crossed 11 different states and came through Atmore occasionally on the way to Pensacola, Fla.
The Gehman home is located at 3532 Hwy. 31 west.
Another home to be shown Sunday is Gene and Nancy Williams' home.
The Williams home was built in 2005 and they moved into the home in '05.
The home has a wrap-around porch that features wicker furniture and a swing. But, Nancy Williams' especially likes the antique furniture.
The Williams have a large tree in their living room, with crystal and crosses. They also have a tree that features Christopher Radko ornaments.
Nancy Williams also has a tree that she started for her granddaughter. This tree highlights gingerbread ornaments.
The Williams live at 1215 Nicole Avenue.
Joyce Petty lives at 88 Lamb Drive and her house will also be showcased during the Grand Ole Dames Garden Club Tour of Homes.
Petty's home was built approximately eight years ago with three bedrooms, a formal dining room and a foyer.
Petty has displayed a variety of fresh mixed greens both indoors and outdoors. There will also be Christmas trees in every room.
Conceta Nall's home at 718 Whippoorwill Lane will also be featured. Nall's home is obscured by tranquil foliage, tall pines, oaks and ivy. It is an eclectic Victorian home that was built by Gwen and Herston Dorriety.
In 1987 the earliest portion of the home was designed by architect Carter Quina and built by Steve DelGallo. In 1994 Clay Adams of Fairhope designed an addition to the Nall home and Jimmy Dukes of Atmore built the addition. The home is furnished with countless reproductions and classical antiques, Venetian imports and family pieces.
Every room of the Nall home has its own unique touch. Some of the rooms feature antique stained glass from Georgia or works of beveled, leaded glass by Emilie Mims.
Each of the homes will be on display Dec. 2 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Each ticket is $10 and they can be purchased at Annie's Community Cup, Garden Gallery, The Beans Store and the "Atmore News."
For more information, call 368-4007.