Historical society selling tickets for annual tour of homes

Published 12:05 am Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Christmas Tour of Homes and Dinner on Dec. 5.

Tours on Dec. 5 will be at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thirty minutes prior to the tour, guests will be given an opportunity to tour the mill. The buses leave from the historical China Grove Roller Mill located at 308 N. Main Street, China Grove, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The first stop on the tour is a house at 720 Miller Road in China Grove. It’s the home of Kathy Dayvault. It was built in 1859 and includes a large open concept kitchen, an extensive Christmas village and a collection of jugs and butter molds. Other furnishings include a foot pedal sewing machine, a china cabinet and antique clock.

The second stop is 500 Weaver Road, the home of Kenneth and Wendy Shell. It was built in 2001, with some of the work done by Kenneth. Each child’s room will feature a Christmas tree decorated by each of them. Harrison John, age 13, will have a rustic hunting and fishing themed tree and Anna Caroline, age 7, and Ashley Marie, age 6, will both have a pink tree with purple and silver ornaments.

The third house is at 1475 Corriher Springs Road, the home of Darryl and Barbara Corriher. The house was built between 1901 and 1905. It has been recently renovated to add beautiful cabinets, a new bathroom, new floors and a utility room. It contains family antiques in almost every room

The fourth stop is at 1370 Corriher Springs Road, the home of Wyatt and Dianne Clark. The house was built in 1957. It has been recently remodeled, but contains a number of the home’s original features. The basement is decorated in a hunter’s style, with taxidermy of deer, birds fish and reptiles.

The tour is sponsored by the Historical Society of South Rowan. For more information, call Judy Haire at 704-425-5323. For tickets, make checks payable to the Historical Society of South Rowan and mail to P.O. Box 473, China Grove, N.C., 28023. Tickets are $30 each and include tour, meal and transportation. Proceeds will be used to maintain the historical China Grove Roller Mill.