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The Alpha Kappa Home Tour, held in conjunction with “Fayetteville … Host of Christmas Past,” will be held Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11.
The tours, conducted between 1 and 5 p.m., will feature five Fayetteville homes this year. The homes include the Abernathy residence at 305 East Washington Street, the Colbert home at 2101 Lewisburg Highway, the Fanning home at 233 Wellsbrook Circle, the Herd residence at 109 Bridlewood, and the Rogers/Hunter Home at 3321 Huntsville Highway.
Guests may tour the homes in any order, said organizers, adding that tickets are $15 each when purchased in advanced. These tickets may be purchased Monday through Friday at Bagley and Bagley Insurance Co. on the north side of the Fayetteville square, Carter’s Drug Store on the east side of the square, or from any Alpha Kappa Club member.
Tickets purchased the day of the home tour, which will be available at any home on the tour, are $17 each. Children under 3 years of age will be admitted free. And an adult must accompany children under the age of 12.
“As you open the doors to the beautiful homes on the tour, please know that all monies derived from the tour benefit the Alpha Kappa College Scholarship Fund,” noted organizers.
Histories of the Abernathy and Colbert homes follow in this week’s edition of The Times, and in the following week’s issue, histories on the Fanning, Herd and Rogers/Hunter homes will be featured.
The historic and beautifully renovated home of the Abernathy family is located at 305 East Washington Street in Fayetteville. Even though this home is more than 100 years old, it has all the modern conveniences, while retaining the historic feeling of yesteryear.
The first recorded ownership of the home dates back to 1910. Mr. H.R. Strong was the first in a lengthy history of owners – the Brin family, who owned a dry goods store on the square; the Christian Church (now Washington Street Church of Christ), which used the home as its parsonage; the Charles Womack family; Miss Oleta Campbell; and then Larry and Elsie Abernathy West, who purchased the home upon Miss Campbell’s death.
The West business, Primeland Construction Company, began the meticulous task of restoring the home while adding the many updated features of today. Even though the exterior was restored and repainted, all the original architectural features were retained.
The entrance hall opens through unusual triple sliding glass doors topped with stained glass pieces. All the wood floors were refinished but the six fireplaces with their antique Art Deco tiles were preserved. The heart of the home, the kitchen, was created by demolishing interior walls, and thus, now provides a spacious gathering place to cook, eat and relax in comfort. In addition, the entire west side of the home became a large master suite with a custom master bath and spacious closet.
The Abernathy family home is the epitome of how Fayetteville’s history and modern conveniences can be combined to create a treasure for future generations to enjoy.
The Colbert Home
The stately Colonial style home of Dr. and Mrs. James E. Colbert is conveniently located at 2101 Lewisburg Highway, just north of the Fayetteville square.
The home was built in 1977, and was owned by Mrs. Nell Allen, who owned and operated Allen Insurance in Fayetteville. Upon Mrs. Allen’s death in 1994, Dr. and Mrs. Colbert purchased the home and five acres of land in 1996.
During the 16 years that the Colberts have called this beautiful house “home”, four renovations have taken place. Walls have been removed to create a spacious kitchen-den area; new hardwood floors have been added; tile floors and showers have been added; windows and trim have been updated; and recessed lighting has been installed. Additionally, in 2002 an inviting pool and backyard area was created and has provided numerous hours of family enjoyment.
Dr. Colbert’s many mission trips to Africa have provided his family with the upstairs “Africa Room.” The many beautiful and interesting artifacts from his African travels certainly create an atmosphere to illustrate his love of his Christian Missions and the people he has met on his journeys. The African influence extends to the many elephant accents found throughout their home.
Christmas is a special time in the Colbert home. Mrs. Colbert’s extensive and impressive collection of the Byers Carolers certainly adds to all the many decorations throughout this beautiful and comfortable home.
For additional information about the Alpha Kappa Home Tour, call (931) 433-7990 or (931) 433-2921.