The fifth annual tour is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is sponsored by the Ball Ground Business Association
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour with proceeds used for the organization’s projects to beautify the downtown area and promote local businesses.
Four homes are new to the tour this year with two of the historic buildings making a repeat appearance.
“This tour is popular because of the historic aspect, people have a real interest in the history,” said Connie Ingram, fund-raising chair of the association. “We want to bring people into Ball Ground — there is so much interest in the downtown, and we want to support businesses and draw more businesses into the area.”
Homes new to the tour include the Hendrix House, the Byer Home, the Wigington Home and the Densmore House.
The Wheeler House, now an event facility owned by Lee Lusk, and the Timmons-Higgins House, owned by Joan Sellars, are featured on the tour again this year.
“There was a Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Ball Ground at one time — a lot of people don’t know that — and the owner’s house, Dr. D.G. Hendrix, is on the tour this year for the first time,” Ingram said. “Ball Ground still has the wonderful small town feel, where people are not in a hurry and don’t have to worry. It is just a safe, friendly town.”
Kim Locke, who is in charge of publicity for the tour for the organization, said this year’s tour offers a great variety of homes and facilities.
“We have two newer homes, both beautifully decorated for the holidays and four historic structures,” Locke said.
THE DENSMORE HOME
The traditional two-story home of Sue and Glenn Densmore was built in 1985 and features 4,000 square feet of living space, giving room for spectacular Christmas displays including a soaring 16-foot Christmas tree decorated with more than 3,000 lights. The Christmas tree is decorated with the couple’s huge collection of ornaments they have enjoyed amassing for the last 40 years. The home is nestled in the woods, making it a perfect setting for a winter wonderland of delights.
THE BYER HOME
Jenny Byer is opening the lovely Victorian home that has been in her family since the 1920s to the public for the tour this year. The home was built in 1906 by John F. Wheeler and features 10-foot ceilings, four fireplaces and a wrap-around porch with gingerbread trim. Part of the porch was enclosed and the barn replaced with a garage during the years since the house was built.
THE HENDRIX HOUSE
The home of Dr. D.G. Hendrix, who owned the local pharmacy and started the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Ball Ground, was built in 1880. A Dutch Colonial-style structure, the house has five bedrooms and three baths and features seven fireplaces. The home was used as a wedding facility from 2003 to 2008. The hardwood floors upstairs are original to the home.
THE WHEELER HOUSE
The Wheeler House was featured on last year’s tour and was renovated in 2010 by owner Lee Lusk, who restored much of the original materials in the house. The home was built in 1906 by John F. Wheeler, father of Sylvia Wheeler Roberts and grandfather of Mayor Rick Roberts and Judson Roberts. The house has heart pine tongue and grove floors, walls and ceilings, four bedrooms, eight fireplaces and claw foot tubs among many other unusual features. The home has a two-story wrap-around porch. The house won the 2011 Cherokee County Historic Society Preservation Award.
THE TIMMONS-HIGGINS HOUSE
The lovely home was built in 1890 and is now owned by Joan Sellars, who added the porch and completed the attic after she purchased the home in 1996. The house originally was built in the shotgun style with four rooms off a center hall. Sellars is known for her elaborate display of handmade decorations and completely decorated the house for the holidays herself. She begins the day after Thanksgiving to get the home decked out for Christmas.
The tour is expected to draw about 300 people on Saturday. The money raised will go back into the community. In the past the Ball Ground Business Association has purchased wrought iron park benches and planters for the city. The group also sponsors a free family movie event in the summer.
Tickets area available at ballground
businessassociation.com or at the Ball Ground Pharmacy, the Green Hen and AME Embroidery.