Jerome AZ (May 13, 2013) – Jerome hosts the 48th Annual Historic Home and Building Tour on May 18th and 19th in the mile high town. This year, visitors will be invited into two iconic homes that most visitors have longed to see. Stunning views and impeccable renovations are the hallmarks of The Honeymoon Cottage, out by The Jerome State Park and The Powder Box Church, nestled into tall Italian cypress trees. Interesting history will be revealed about these charming homes. Hidden on East Avenue and Holly Street are two surprises, one an authentic 1921 cottage, lovingly renovated by a longtime resident and the other, a re-built gem that was devastated by fire in 1996 and today boasts one of the best views in town. A total of 8 homes and buildings will make for a full slate.
Also on the tour are the McMillan-Scott Mortuary, the Hillside House and Gypsy Wagon, The Audrey Headframe Park and the Carriage House at The Jerome State Park. Visitors will get a look at the upstairs of the building that now houses some truly astonishing vehicles and see what was the hayloft and resting quarters for drivers who visited the The Douglas Mansion. The Jerome State Park is offering $1 off admission with a home tour bracelet.
The final stop at Spook Hall will include cookies and lemonade plus a photo display of historic photos as well as performances by Mingus Union High School Students. As a bonus, there will be a preview of a film by local historian Peggy Hicks, recounting the story of The Cuban Queen. Students will perform a scene created by Ms Hicks telling the story of the courtroom hearing of the infamous madam. The band will entertain with music from the era including the music by the Cuban Queen’s companion, Jelly Roll Morton. This yearly event is a highlight of springtime in Northern Arizona and draws people from not only the Phoenix area but all over the country.
This is a guided tour with transportation provided from home to home. The all-volunteer docents will explain the history and the fascinating stories behind each venue. There are plenty of steps and winding paths so the tour will not be handicapped accessible. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets will be sold the days of the event at the Old Fire House at 305 Main Street from 9am to 3pm. The tour will take a few hours although you can go at your own pace. Shuttles transport visitors to each location. For more information, contact The Jerome Chamber of Commerce at (928) 634-2900 or visit jeromechamber.com.