Historic Salisbury Foundation Announces 42nd Annual OctoberTour

Saturday, October 14 - Sunday, October 15

On October 14 and 15, 2017, Historic Salisbury Foundation offers the rare opportunity to step inside ten of Salisbury’s finest private homes and two of the area’s notable landmarks. OctoberTour, now in its 42nd year, is one of the oldest annual historic home tours in the South and has featured more than 200 houses and historic properties in Salisbury and Rowan County. Its strong reputation and proven track record have helped establish Historic Salisbury Foundation as one of the country’s leaders in historic preservation.

Ranging from a grand chateau on South Fulton Street, the landmarked Hambley-Wallace House, to a simple one-room schoolhouse for African-Americans, this year’s tour promises to be one of the more interesting and informative. It features historic houses of varying sizes, complexity and architectural styles, including Chateauesque, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, Greek Revival, Italian Renaissance, and Romanesque. The tour sites tell the stories of those whose lives and labors have shaped the character and the historic fabric of this community. The architecture reflects the history, literally and figuratively.

Other Tour Activities:

On Thursday Night, October 12th, the annual Patrons’ Party will launch the weekend of festivities. This year’s party, “A Night at Magnolia Mansion,” will be at the home of Shari and Bill Graham. Friday’s OctoberTour Luncheon will feature a talk by Susan Sides, president of the Foundation’s board of trustees, on the influence of E.B.C. Hambley on Salisbury and the surrounding area. As always, tour sponsors and patrons can enjoy refreshments and drinks on the Patrons’ Porch both days of the tour.

The Hall House grounds and adjacent Bank Street will feature food, beer and wine, crafts, live musical entertainment, and activities for the entire family Saturday and Sunday during tour hours. Plein Air artists will be painting throughout historic West Square and will display their work at the Artists Reception from 5-7pm Saturday on the Hall House lawn. Tickets are not required for this portion of the weekend’s activities.

2017 Presenting Sponsors:

Historic Salisbury Foundation is pleased to announce Shari and Bill Graham & Mona Lisa and Lee Wallace as presenting sponsors for OctoberTour 2017. The Foundation is grateful to the Graham and Wallace families as well as to all of our sponsors, for their support of this year’s tour.

For detailed tour information, including tour sites, sponsorship opportunities, photos of the sites and to purchase tickets, visit www.OctoberTour.com.