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Jerome home tour shows off the old and the new

 

Every year for over half a century, the historic mining town of Jerome opens its doors for a home and building tour.

This weekend, about 1,500 people are expected head to the tiny mile-high town in the Verde Valley for the 52nd annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour.

Donna Chesler, vice president of the Jerome Chamber of Commerce and publicist for the event, said the tour appeals to people for a variety of reasons.

“People are fascinated with life in a town of 440 people, including the challenges of not having many of the services most people come to expect, like a grocery store, bank, gas station, doctor and drugstore, and the lifestyle of being in a town that attracts one million visitors a year,” Chesler said.

“Then there are the folks who love a great renovation. The tour will take people to homes that not only have unique settings perched on a hillside but have interesting interiors, to say the least. Some are simple, some are elaborate in detail and some are works in progress.”

The tour will feature seven stops, starting with the Clubhouse, which was a hospital before it became a meeting place for residents of Jerome and nearby Clarkdale during the mining days. Now, it’s being refurbished as condominium housing, Chesler said.

The tour will also include stops at the Pontious House, with tin ceiling and rough-hewn woodwork; the David Soul House, which Chesler said is home to a wood sculptor and innkeeper; and the Gamble/Burris Cottage, with lovely gardens and landscaping and huge views.

People should wear comfortable shoes and expect to do plenty of walking and stair climbing, Chesler said. Vans will take people to some of the stops.

The event organizers do not repeat a home on the tour for at least five years, which Chesler said is pretty impressive considering there are not that many houses in a town of 400 people.

“It is a challenge to find great properties with amazing owners who will open the doors to 1,500 people for two days,” she said.

Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour

When: Tickets on sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21.

Where: Tour starts with ticket purchase at Spook Hall on Hull Avenue, Jerome.

Admission: $20, $10 for kids, free for age 3 and younger.

Details: 928-634-2900, www.jeromehometour.com.

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Article source: http://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/road-trips/2017/05/15/jerome-historic-home-tour/323480001/