What you need to know for October Tour
• When: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
• Where: Salisbury and Spencer, at sites listed below.
• Advance tickets: $20 for members, $25 for non-members, available at www.OctoberTour.com.
• Tour day tickets: $30 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-10, available at Salisbury Station, 215 Depot St., or any of the tour sites:
• Just so you’ll know: Pets are not allowed. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended; no heels. No photos inside the homes, please.
301 4th St., Spencer – Built predominantly in Queen Anne style with Colonial Revival features like Tuscan columns, the house was built for banker J.K. Dorsett and his family. This house was built circa 1910, providing a unique example of the combination of two contrasting architectural styles.
409 4th St., Spencer – The Eagle-Burdette House, a 1909 two-story stucco home, showcases the popular 20th century Colonial Revival architectural style. Built for W.M. Eagle, Southern Railway engineer and financer for housing construction in Spencer, the house features a one-story porch and symmetrical design. An Australian couple bought the house last year and are currently renovating the property.
509 S. Carolina Ave., Spencer – Built in 1913, the McFee House was owned by John R. McFee from 1968 until 2017, when he gave the home to the Town of Spencer. Renovations underway in conjunction with The Town of Spencer and Salisbury Community Development Corporation are expected to be complete by OctoberTour.
505 7th St., Spencer – The Snider-Floyd House was built in 1925 for Robbie Snider, fireman for the Southern Railway. While the dominant features resemble an English cottage, the design was meant to be bungalow-style.
411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer – Located at the NC Transportation Museum, the 1896 Spencer Shops were Southern Railway’s most important railroad repair facility. After closing in 1960, the shops became derelict. Now renovated, the shops are landmarked and in the National Register of Historical Places.
928 N. Main St. – J.C. Cress built this house in 1912, living there with his family until the 1940s. Victorian style upon construction and revamped into Colonial Revival style, this is one of only two houses in this year’s OctoberTour shown previously.
1013 N. Main St. – The F.N. McCubbins House draws inspiration from both the bungalow and Colonial Revival styles in the neighborhood. The house was severely damaged by a fire in 2016, but the Historic Salisbury Foundation restored it the next year for its Revolve Fund.
910 N. Main St. – This elaborate house showcases the three distinct styles in early North Main Street houses: late Victorian, Colonial Revival, and bungalow. The Davis-Wilhelm-McDaniel House, built by A.E. Davis in 1910 and acquired by Adolphus Wilhelm in 1920, the house features a steep gable-end roof and Tuscan columns. The current owners have added their own artistic flare to the bungalow.
101 N. Main St. – The 3rd floor apartment of the Kluttz Drug Store, built in 1858, is one of the only pre-Civil War commercial buildings in downtown Salisbury today. Bought by Margaret and George Kluttz along with Bill and Susan Kluttz in 1985, the apartment was renovated and shown in 1992’s OctoberTour.
101 S. Main St. – The Hedrick Block Building was built in 1873 and housed Littmann & Lichtenstein Dry Goods. It was modernized in the 1920s with an addition of false Spanish tile mansard roofs. Later, the facade was covered, like many other downtown storefronts at the time, in aluminum siding. Now the home of Pottery 101, the current owners acquired the building in 2008 and carefully restored the facade and renovated the interior.
215 Depot St. – The Amtrak Salisbury Station was built in 1908, designed in the Spanish Mission style by renowned architect Frank P. Milburn. When its passenger service ended in 1979, the Salisbury Station was left vacant and unkempt until the Historic Salisbury Foundation acquired the property in 1984. The property was renovated in 1993 and sparked a communal interest in revitalization. In addition to being one of this year’s tour sites, the station will serve as the pick-up location for weekend ticket sales.
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