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2011 Home & Garden Tour features historic properties

Article Published: Jun. 16, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
2011 Home & Garden Tour features historic properties

Twin Willows Farm in Zionville is just one stop on the 2011 Home & Garden Tour.

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The 2011 Home and Garden Tour in Watauga County is "going west" this year to focus on historic properties in the Zionville, Cove Creek and Bethel sections of Watauga County.

The tour, scheduled for Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is sponsored by the Watauga County Democratic Party and is in its third biennial season.

The home known in Zionville as "the Lee Wilson" house is more than 100 years old and reportedly had the first in-door toilet in that community. The house and original barn sit on what has been mapped as Daniel Boone's trail from the Yadkin to the Cumberland Gap. The grounds feature a large pond, a vegetable garden, a fairy garden and specimen trees and perennials.

The "old Greer place," now known as Springhouse Farm, is home to a renovated 19th-century farmhouse with its original springhouse and built-in pie safe still intact, as well as a growing "market-garden" operation for sale of fresh vegetables at the Watauga County Farmers' Market.
This certified organic working farm also has an active bee-keeping operation.

The "Jimmy Mast house" on Georges Gap Creek was built in the late 1800s and was rotated 90 degrees in the 1930s to face the new road. Early in the 20th century, the house served as the switchboard for Skyline Telephone, and its interior retains much of the original charm of a 19th-century farmhouse. The current owners keep chickens, a vegetable garden and ponies.

Well-known local artist Norma Murphy's studio and art gallery sits on Rubes Creek in the Bethel community, on some of Murphy's ancestral Farthing family grounds. The building has served several different local purposes, including a tavern and an auto repair garage, but it is now both home and work space for an accomplished artist. The charming cottage garden flanks the house on the left.

The farmhouse at the Ned Trivette homeplace dates back to the Civil War and is known locally as "the Greene place," primarily because the grounds contain a Greene family cemetery still in use. The property also features several log structures (an early settler's cabin and a smokehouse), a large barn where "musicales" have been held and the recent addition of a state-of-the-art wind generator.

Tickets for the 2011 Home and Garden Tour are $25 each, which includes a homemade lunch. Lunches will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Ned Trivette homeplace.

The tour is designed to be self-guided (you get a map with your ticket) and go-at-your-own-pace.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available at the Appalachian Antique Mall in downtown Boone (631 W. King St.) or on any Saturday through June 18 at the Watauga County Farmers' Market. For more information, call (828) 264-9955 or (828) 262-5119.

Plant sale June 24

The Democrats are also hosting a big plant sale from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24, on the afternoon prior to the tour.

The sale, which will feature many unusual and hard-to-find trees and perennials, will be held at Aunt Pymm's Table Antiques, 375 Old U.S. 421 South, near Mack Brown Chevrolet on the old highway.

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