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Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes

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The countdown begins with only one month left until the Madison in May Spring Tour of Homes! Visit Madison for this enchanting day full of antebellum charm and glimpses into the past! Enjoy this preview list of homes on tour!

Holly Hall
Photo Credit : Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Holly Hall
c. 1851
434 Academy St.

This 1850s four-over-four Georgian was given the popular Victorian treatment in the late 19th Century, but was happily returned to its classic ante-bellum style in the 20th.   The traditional footprint has been maintained in the front four rooms, and additions on the rear have added modern space.  One of the nation’s first kindergarten classes was conducted here.  The architectural purity of the house is enhanced by the exquisite furnishings, many of which are wonderful antiques, both American and European.

SchoolMasterCottage
Photo Credit : Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Schoolmaster Cottage
c. 1908
372 Johnson Street

Named because an early occupant was principal at the nearby school (now the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center’s main building), this house is a beautifully restored example of the Georgian Cottage plan with four main rooms and a central hall.   From the late 19th to the early 20th Centuries the Georgia Cottage was one of the most popular designs in Madison and other southern towns. Visitors will appreciate the current owner’s art collection and antique furnishings.

Oaks Plantation
Photo Credit : Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Oaks Plantation
c. 1832
2550 Bethany Rd

​This stately Greek Revival home stands a few miles east of town along the old road to Milledgeville.  The façade is little changed from the November 1864 day when some 20,000 Yankee troops of the northern wing of Sherman’s March to the Sea passed in front of the plantation and camped nearby.  The house has been featured in the book Antebellum Homes of Georgia and several other publications.

Sylkenplum Cottage
Photo Credit : Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Sylkenplum Cottage
c. 1912
363 Plum St

Receive a warm welcome upon visiting this little gem which features a facade with neoclassical influences. The cottage is cozy but it is actually larger that it appears from the street view. The interior is a very personal expression of the owner’s many interests.  Flowering shrubs fill the front yard.

RectorCottage
Photo Credit : Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Rector House
c. 1850, several modifications 1890 – 1920s
Dixie Ave

Investigations show that the core of this house may be over 150 years old, but its present appearance dates from the 1890s to the early 20th Century.  In the struggling economy of the 1930s the owners raised hogs and chickens but still the local paper could comment that the ”reception rooms were beautifully decorated with artistic arrangements of gladioli, sweetheart roses, and other summer flowers.”  Recent renovations and additions have maintained the historic feel while providing modern convenience and additional living space.

Parkside Loft
Photo Credit : Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Parkside Loft
c. 2013
181 West Jefferson St

In 2000 the City of Madison and private partners began a major effort to rejuvenate the west side of down town. The project inspired both the construction of historically compatible in-fill construction and the rehabilitation of historic structures such as the warehouse on the west end of the park.  One of the new construction projects was Jefferson Square a mixed-use block on the north side of the park featuring retail and office tenants at ground level and residential lofts above. The loft on this tour, is the corner unit, and features French doors, a terrace with summer kitchen overlooking the park, and displays of antique decoys and fine art. The use of reclaimed wood helps to create a warm ambiance in this wonderful example of small town, downtown living.

ChampionOakFarm
Photo Credit : Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Champion Oak Farm
c. 2002
1101 Plainview Rd

Located on a pastoral site that was probably once part of the Oaks Plantation (also on tour), the house at Champion Oak Farm is a traditionally styled new build in a beautiful historic setting.  A highlight of the house is century-old, hand painted Chinese wallpaper.  The farm is named for a 25 foot circumference white oak that is recognized in the National Champion Tree Program.

Camp Boxwoods
Camp Boxwoods
c. 1979, transformed in 2003
3800 Athens Hwy

Stunningly set overlooking a small lake in the woods about five miles north of town, this fanciful Victorian reproduction is chock full of antiques and repurposed vintage décor.  Even the barn and other outbuildings reflect the charm of the main house.  And, of course, the carefully designed landscape features English boxwoods.  Camp Boxwoods has been prominently featured in Victoria, Veranda, Traditional Home, and other publications.

 

 

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