(Seguin) -- Do you ever pass by a home and imagine what the inside of that home looks like? We'll you no longer have to play the guessing game. That's because the doors to some of Seguin's historic homes and properties will open up this Saturday during the Seguin Conservation Society's annual Holiday Heritage Tour of Homes.
Marty Keil, of the Seguin Conservation Society, says this year marks the 26th anniversary for the tour of homes. She says over those years, the group has been able to open the doors of several homes showcasing their historic value and overall uniqueness. Plus, she says it allows the public to see how these properties deck their halls for the holiday.
"The idea was to show off some of Seguin's treasures in the way of our architecture in our buildings and in our homes that are here in town. So it is a fundraiser for the Seguin Conservation Society. This year, we have seven sites, plus always the First Church down at Heritage Village and those buildings will be open where we serve the refreshments at the First Church," said Keil.
The tour again offers a look at seven properties. She says the properties stretch from Guadalupe Street all the way east to Keller Lane.
"On Guadalupe Street, we have Paul Hansen, the owner of the Sonka House. He now has this place listed (as) a B&B, but it is just exquisite. It has been on the tour before, but he has really done a lot of finishing touches to it that people would want to see including a wonderful wine cellar that's finished out. You can stop on Austin Street and see Paul and Judy Kelley's Abbott House, which now has an additional banquet room added to the back. Then we have on College Street, Annie and Aaryn Perry and they're in a two story brick Greek revival style home and this has been on the tour also, but under new ownership. That means changes take place inside and it's always interesting to see what they might do. We have Humphreys Street with Joey and Rebekah Wilke. They're at the corner of Humphreys and Cherry. We have Bill and Linda Salt on Bismark Street. We have the Federated Women's Club House on North River and we have Karen Roberson on Kellar Lane. She is an artist in her own right so she has a beautiful studio and showroom that are part of the home. So you don't want to miss that one," said Keil.
Keil says taking the tour is easy. All individuals need to do is pick a starting site, grab a map and brochure and visit all or as many homes as they wish.
The Holiday Heritage Tour of Homes will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 pre-sale or $20 at the door. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased from Gift & Gourmet, Keeper's Interiors or at the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.thetexas.org. A list of each of the sites is also located on the ticket stub. Participants will end their tour at the First Church for refreshments. The church is located at 213 E. Live Oak St.