Experience the 2023 Old Town Greenwood Historic Home Tour
Writer / Matt Keating
Jennifer Hollingshead, vice president of Restore Old Town Greenwood, says those attending the upcoming Old Town Greenwood Historic Home Tour on Saturday, September 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have a lot to look forward to.
“We did the first home tour in 2019,” Hollingshead says. “We thought 200 to 300 people might attend. We were surprised and excited to sell about 1,000 tickets for that first-time event. We had to pause the 2021 home tour due to COVID-19, but we are excited to be bringing it back for 2023. A lot of people have said they are very excited to get to see the home tour again and said they missed it. I have also seen a lot of positive postings about it on our social media pages.”
Guests will have plenty to enjoy.
“We have 11 stops on the tour, and people will be able to see anything from homes in our historic residential district constructed in the early 1900s to a 1920s foursquare home,” Hollingshead says. “They can also see everything from a 1960s ranch with a sunken living room to the newly constructed The Madison at Greenwood luxury apartments. We hope that attendees will also enjoy being in the area, and have a fun day with friends or family in our walkable downtown checking out the local shops and restaurants.”
Hollingshead says she was so busy selling tickets at the 2019 tour booth that she didn’t have time to go on the tour.
“Hopefully I will be able to find time to see the houses this time,” she says. “We are expecting a big group of people to attend this year, so that’s exciting. The event has been growing, which has been a very positive thing.”
Hollingshead is excited about having more live music at the event.
“We will have the Greenwood Community Band in attendance, providing several live music groups throughout the neighborhood,” she says. “The musicians are very entertaining.”
Fans of vintage cars will also be happy.
“We will also have several vintage cars for selfie spots throughout the tour,” Hollingshead says. “We hope that attendees will plan to spend the day or even the weekend in Old Town, having a meal and visiting our local shops. It’s a great way to spend the day with family and friends in the heart of Greenwood.”
An added feature for this year’s tour is a shuttle bus.
“The shuttle bus is something new for the tour and I think a lot of people will be taking advantage of that,” Hollingshead says. “We will also be giving kids a chance to set up lemonade and water stands on the tour. We’ll provide the kids with bottled water to help get beverages out there.”
The tour also provides inspiration and design ideas.
“People on the tour see how other people are doing different types of decorating that they could do themselves in their own homes,” Hollingshead says. “It’s a great way to get inspired and excited.”
Hollingshead adds that the tour is an important fundraiser for Old Town Greenwood.
“This biannual event is a fundraiser for our nonprofit organization, and helps us to continue our mission to maintain a vibrant commercial and residential area in Old Town Greenwood by advocating for historic preservation, promoting small business and encouraging community involvement,” she says.
Tickets are now on sale at eventbrite.com/e/2023-old-town-home-tour-tickets-677867147887.