Folks going for a Sunday stroll through the College Hill Community on April 18 got the opportunity to step back in time and tour homes built between 1879 and 1932.
Christine Arnett, president of the Historic College Hill Neighborhood Association, was pleased with the turnout. “We had about 550 guests who came, which is great. We noticed this year we had a lot of new faces and a lot of younger people and folks we had never seen, so we were thrilled,” she said.
College Hill resident Dave Styles echoed Arnett’s thoughts. “Basically we had our best attendance ever for the Historic Home Tour, and we had people from as far away as Ohio, Florida and Texas who were visiting in the area who came to the home tour,” he said.
Styles said there people coming from surrounding counties also. “We had a great attendance, and we’d like to thank everyone for participating,” he said.
Arnett said the money raised goes toward maintaining the neighborhood and for assisting neighbors in good times and bad. “It’s time to purchase new historic banners for display. We’ve had these 10 years. Plus it’s time to put in new landscaping for our new park,” she said.
Arnett said they also purchase poinsettias during the holidays, and the neighborhood has benevolent care for seniors and those families celebrating new births or dealing with deaths.
Styles said the funds also help beautify the community. “The funds collected go to such things as College Hill Park construction in the historic district, and they pay for such things as luminaries we put out at Christmas time and other things to improve the historic district,” he said.