Tour of Homes

Opening Doors for 60 Years

60th Annual Blowing Rock Tour of Homes will be held July 27, 2018

The annual Tour of Homes, sponsored by St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, opens the doors to some of Blowing Rock’s most special private homes and offers an opportunity to admire the special features and furnishings that have been cherished by homeowners for generations. This year the featured homes are all historic, providing a glimpse into old Blowing Rock treasures. Featured are: Far Horizons, home of the Caudles; Owls Roost, home of Nan and Edgar Lawton; Merlin Glenn, home of Jim Fort; Tuckaway, home of Tracy Woody and Gene Ostrow; and Maymont, Sylvia and Cullie Tarleton’s home. In addition to the tour, other activities offered at the church will include a $15 lunch provided at the Church Café, a bazaar with baked and savory goods and a tag sale offering unique items.

A Tour of Homes Opening Doors Gala will be held for the entire community on July 12 where ticketed guests will be treated to some of the best food and hospitality the High Country offers. A private preview of Far Horizons will be the stage for this festive-attire event to celebrate the 60th year Tour anniversary. Gala tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased at the church or online at

Tour tickets are $30 in advance. Tickets go on sale May 1 and may be purchased online at, at the church office or the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce on Park Avenue. They may not be purchased by mail.

According to Tour Chairs Susie Greene and Loy McGill, in the spirit of community, the Tour of Homes and Gala have galvanized members of the Blowing Rock community to come together for sixty years to open doors and make money for worthwhile area programs. Since the Tour’s inception in 1958, over a million dollars has been given to charities. Countless individuals in the High Country have benefited from the generosity of the women and men who have participated in making the event possible.



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