By Ginna Parsons/NEMS Daily Journal
Old Waverly will open its clubhouse and six of the many homes that line the golf course to the public Sunday for Christmas Open House in West Point.
The West Point Design Committee, part of the city’s Main Street Organization is sponsoring the event. This is the third year of the program, which is the major fundraiser for the committee. The money from ticket sales will be used for plantings, street signage and other efforts to enhance West Point’s downtown area.
“Old Waverly is a part of the city and 2013 is the 25th year Old Waverly has been in existence, so we wanted to celebrate that,” said Souzen Deavers-Steelhammer, chairman of the event. “The houses we’ve chosen are jaw-dropping. “Some are way, way over the top with their Christmas decorations and others are the height of elegance.
Homes on tour include “Cabin in the Woods,” a second home for the family of George and Marcia Bryan, founders of Old Waverly; a sprawling Southern Colonial mansion owned by Tom and Jean Elmore, with its indoor/outdoor pool and views of the golf course and clubhouse; the French-inspired home of Joe and Betty Trulove.
Also on tour are the home of landscape designers James and Deborah Mansfield, who created an eclectic house with a mix of French Provincial, Federal and Georgian styling; the Robert and Linda Drake home, a Southern plantation-style with generous rooms, expansive porches and terraces; and the elegant, European influenced stone home of John and Carolyne Reece.
“We chose these six houses because we wanted to offer tour-goers a variety, a real experience, something different every time they go into one of the homes,” Deavers-Steelhammer said.
Tour hours are 2 to 5 p.m. with refreshments at the clubhouse from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and may be purchased In West Point through the Growth Alliance at 510 E. Broad St., at Old Waverly Clubhouse and the Fore Seasons at Old Waverly, as well as at Culin-Arts, Petal Pushers and Bits ‘n Pieces in downtown West Point or by calling the Growth Alliance offices at (662) 494-5121.