Stokes-Snider events draw big crowds

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 19, 2011

By Emily Ford
SALISBURY — Two weekend events at the Stokes-Snider House drew more than 250 people, including several couples interested in buying the historic home from Historic Salisbury Foundation.
“We were very pleased,” said Cynthia Cole Jenkins, executive director.
About 170 people attended a cocktail party fundraiser Friday night, and close to 70 people browsed during an open house Sunday. The home is located at 324 N. Fulton St.
The foundation raised enough money to cover all expenses for the weekend and make a few thousand dollars, Jenkins said.
But more importantly, “two or three couples are pretty seriously interested,” she said.
Selling the 4,700-square-foot house, which was built around 1922 and is listed for $349,000, could take months, Jenkins said. But if the weekend’s events work to generate interest and eventually sell the home, the foundation will try the method again with other properties, she said.
Friday night’s event featured people of all ages. Attracting younger people to the preservation effort had been a challenge for Historic Salisbury, and Jack Thomson, the previous executive director, made it one of his goals.
The house, which is vacant and was donated to the foundation, was staged by several volunteers using furnishings from local businesses.
Volunteers included Kari Hippert, Nancy Clement, Jessica Watson and Anne Waters.
Businesses loaning furnishings and art to decorate the home included:
• Fisher Street Interiors at 111 W. Fisher St.
• Grayshores Trading Company at 119 S. Main St.
• Great Finds & Designs at 429 N. Main St.
• Green Goat Gallery at 516 S. Salisbury Ave. in Spencer
• Tin Roof Designs, 704-737-6006
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.