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Hedgehog Cottage is one of the homes featured on the annual Tour of Homes July 26 in Blowing Rock. Submitted illustration

Originally published: 2013-07-18 09:02:27
Last modified: 2013-07-18 09:03:11

Tour of Homes July 26

The five homes that are part of the 55th annual Tour of Homes July 26 in Blowing Rock offer interesting and varying features in design and style, and are all located in the Chestnut Drive area.

The tour is sponsored by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Parish, and Harriet Davant is serving as honorary chairwoman in recognition of her many years of service to the event.

Following are descriptions of the five homes:

Las Damas

Built on the site of the first rectory and office for St. Mary’s, Ala Sue Wyke has created a beautiful and unique haven for family and friends with Las Damas. The lovely interior of varying woods is accentuated by the bold use of color. Antiques and family treasures make this a welcoming home. Carolina fans are especially welcome.

Peace Haven

A new house with a history, Marsha and Preston Cornelius’ home, Peace Haven, is a gem of hidden rooms and treasures. Built on the footprint of an old Blowing Rock cottage, the façade belies the openness and masterful use of space within. Filled with art, quilts and treasured family pieces, it is indeed a lovely mountain retreat. In fairness, State fans are favored.

Temple Home

Ginny Temple’s home built of logs has many lovely surprises waiting for guests. Rustic décor is blended with French, Italian and American antiques, all collected by Temple during the years.
Indeed, they are a treasure trove for the discerning eye. The porches and the garden have lovely views of Grandfather.

Hedgehog Cottage

The spirit of a weekend in the English countryside is invoked at the home of Sandra and Doug Warner with charm flowing from every nook and cranny in the main house and in the three guest cottages. Their garden and spectacular view of Grandfather Mountain surrounds this warm and inviting home for family and friends.


Return to old Blowing Rock to this historic home, Opicherhoka, built in 1899 by Charles Graves Vardell. It is filled with antiques and memories of family members who built and have kept their family summer home intact. If every picture tells a story, there is a voluminous library at work here.


Shuttles will be provided from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the homes are open until 5 p.m.
Parking will be available in the deck at the corner of Wallingford Street and Laurel Lane, next to the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

Madrigal Café

Tour day also includes several activities on the church lawn and in the parish hall. Lunch at the Madrigal Café will be catered indoors by Foggy Rock restaurant, and a variety of all types of baked goods will be offered at the Parisian Patisserie on the lawn. The popular Timeless Treasures, located under the tents, will feature a large selection of interesting household items, including a unique “Wall of Wine.”


Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce on Park Avenue and at the church at the corner of Main and Chestnut streets prior to the event or on tour day. They are not available by mail. All proceeds from the tour are used to support community projects and nonprofit organizations in the Blowing Rock and Boone area.


Anyone with questions about the tour may call co-chairman Bo Henderson at (828) 295-9494 or co-chairwoman Susie Greene at (828) 295-3217.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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