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Druid Hills’ historical home and garden tour this weekend
by Christine Fonville
April 29, 2014 12:33 PM | 2262 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DeKalb residents can enjoy touring elegant homes as well as the work of master gardeners during the 46th annual Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens.

The tour, which will run Friday through Sunday, can be completed on foot and features seven different historical homes with unique restorations and renovations.

Claudia Keenan, secretary for the Druid Hills tour committee said the tour started in 1968 to help preserve some of the original architectural styles in the area.

“Even before World War I, visitors came from throughout the South to see the dogwoods bloom in Druid Hills,” she said. “The tour started during a time when Druid Hills had declined and many homes on some of the most famous streets, including Springdale, Oxford and Oakdale had been divided up and turned into boarding houses, fraternities and halfway houses. However, in the years since then, property values have steadily risen and many homes have been restored and expanded by new owners.”

Last year’s tour featured several homes constructed in the late 1940s. Keenan said this year’s event will highlight homes built between the early 1900s through the 1930s.

“We’re highlighting a period that saw nationwide growth of suburban residential neighborhoods and the proliferation of various architectural styles,” she said. “While the tour is a wonderful opportunity to view beautiful décor and furnishings, visitors also will enjoy the streetscape along Oakdale and Springdale roads and perhaps see how it might have appeared in 1930.”

In conjunction with this year’s tour, the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host an artist and pottery market.

Emory Village will be a stop on the tour for lunch, shopping and tickets and will host events including bar talks with local restaurant owners and the Lullwater Conservation Garden plant sale.

Tickets, which are $25 per individual, can be purchased online at or at many local retail stores including Intown Ace Hardware, Emory Village Flowers & Gifts and Tall Tales Bookshop.

Proceeds from the tour will go towards preserving the Druid Hills neighborhood, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information and a complete list of ticket outlets, visit

If you go:
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: will call for tickets and the start of the tour is at 1236 Springdale Road, N.E., Atlanta
Cost: $25 per ticket

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