Special to the Citizen
The 2016 Madison in May Spring Tour includes an outstanding array of local homes and gardens, according to JoAnna Hayes, Development Director for the Madison Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC), sponsor of the annual event. “Always the first weekend in May, the Spring Tour of Homes runs three days, Thursday, May 5, through Saturday, May 7, and features seven homes and one separate, formal garden,” she explained. “Not all homes are open each day so we are offering multi-day tickets along with single-day tickets,” she added. “The multi-day ticket option worked very well last year,” Hayes reported, “and we are continuing to offer this for people who not only want to see all the historic venues on tour but who also want to enjoy Madison’s fine shopping and dining. We encourage people to come and experience all that our town has to offer by staying one, two, or even all three days.
“Private residences, such as the seven on tour this year, are not available for viewing except on special occasions,” Hayes pointed out. “This is a wonderful chance to peek inside some of Madison’s most interesting houses.” Most of the homes are within walking distance of the tour headquarters at the Cultural Center on South Main Street or only an easy drive away. Homes on tour all three days include the Porch House, the Hunter House, the Garden on Vine House, the Pharr Country House, the Kirby House Bed & Breakfast and the formal garden of the Russell House. The Boat House is only open on Thursday, and the Stovall-Vaughan House is only open Friday and Saturday. Descriptions of the homes are available in the sidebar article and on the MMCC website, www.mmcc-arts.org. Tour attendees receive a comprehensive historical description of each house as well as a map when they pick up their tickets on tour day. This annual event is a self-guided walking tour and goes on rain or shine, Hayes stressed. In addition to the private homes on tour, ticket prices include admission to the Madison Morgan Cultural Center, six historic churches, several homes operated by local historical societies, the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and docent-guided tours of Madison’s historic cemeteries. Single day ticket prices through April 26 are $25 with multiple day ticket prices going for $35. Beginning April 27 single day ticket prices are $30, and multiple day ticket prices are $40. Multi-day tickets allow tour goers to visit venues on all three days of the tour. Tickets may be purchased at MMCC or online at www.mmcc-arts.org. The Cultural Center, located at 434 South Main Street, Madison, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.