By Tia Lynn Ivey
The annual Christmas Tour of Homes garnered upwards of $70,000 for the Morgan County Historical Society as 3000 tourists from near and far over spent last Friday and Saturday wandering through Madison’s finest historic homes, churches, museums, sites, and The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC). After months of preparation and anticipation, organizers of this year’s tour are pleasantly pleased with the outcome, deeming this past weekend’s tour as an undeniable success, for The Morgan County Historical Society, each tour destination, and the surrounding local businesses that benefited from the influx of visitors.
“I think it’s the best tour we have had in years,” said Ruth Feliks, the Heritage Hall House Manager. “Everyone really enjoyed it.”
“It was without question the best tour we have had in years,” said Bruce Gilbert, president of the Historical Society. “We cannot thank enough all the people who made this tour possible, from the homeowners to the 300 local volunteers to the City of Madison and the Police Department. It wouldn’t have been possible without them,” said Gilbert.
Heritage Hall issued a special thank you to sponsors Jim Boyd & Associates, Inc., United Bank, Bank of Madison, J&K Fleas An’Tiques, Jones, Ewing, Dobbs,& Tamplin Insurance, BB&G, Mr. and Mrs Dean Bishop, Town 220, Madison Markets, Amici Madison, FarmView Market.
The Historic District in Madison boasts the largest collection of 19th century architecture in Georgia, according to Heritage Hall. This year’s tour featured 13 historical homes, in addition to Ritcher Cottage, The MMCC, the Morgan County African-American Museum, and the local churches.
“It was a great turnout for us, and I hope the local businesses in town did as well as we did because of the tour,” said Gilbert. “It was gratifying to hear the tourists tell us just how much they loved our great little city of Madison, Georgia.”