Each year in December, something very special happens in Asheville, North Carolina: the annual Montford Home Tour. This year, the 18th annual Montford Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday December 14th, from 1 to 5 p.m. These homes are not to be missed!
Asheville is a beautiful, historic city and the oldest neighborhood, and to some the most beautiful, is Montford. Largely built around the turn of the twentieth century (1890 to 1920), Montford’s hundreds of homes, bed and breakfast inns and other commercial buildings are a lovely mélange of architectural styles and materials, some of which are designated as a National Register Historic District.
Montford is also known as the final resting place, in its Riverside Cemetery, for several historic residents including the writer O’Henry. Located just north of downtown Asheville, Montford homes refuse to be easily categorized by their architectural styles.
Although you will find many good examples of architectural styles such as Colonial Revival, Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, Greek Revival and Dutch Colonial, you will find just as many hybrid creations, mixing schools, architectural influences and building materials to bring unique flavor and character to the homes and the entire neighborhood. You might even find a castle or two.
Many of the interesting and beautiful homes in Montford have been renovated and restored in recent years, often updating the interiors in ways that keep the historic vintage charm but make them more livable and comfortable for 21st century families.
Some of these homes are slated to be included on this year’s tour since the annual home tour is the only way to get a peek inside these private Montford residences.
Each year, specific commercial stops are also listed in the tour map, highlighting some of the local businesses in the unique neighborhood of Montford. Past tours have included stops in craft shops and artists’ studios with great potential holiday gifts, as well as bakeries and other purveyors of local treats to get you in the holiday spirit.
The sidewalks and streets are decorated, and there is entertainment provided by the neighborhood association; past attractions have included music of various kinds, and last year there were roving Shakespearean actors from the Montford Park Players.
Details are usually available starting about the first of December on the neighborhood’s website and at their Visitor’s Center/Chamber of Commerce Gift Shop on Montford Avenue. The specific tour stops and sponsors and other details and ticket prices will be available soon.
If you go on the fascinating Montford Home Tour, you are almost guaranteed to find a home you think is a little bizarre and another you would love to live in. Don’t miss it!