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 were featured in last week’s edition of The Times, and this week, The Times highlights the histories of the Fanning, Herd and Rogers/Hunter homes.
The Fanning Home
“The River House,” owned by Mr. and Mrs. Randy Fanning, is beautifully situated on 2.5 acres of land at 233 Wells brook Circle in the Wellsbrook subdivision. The Fanning home is bordered by the Elk River on the east and Wells Creek on the south. The ever-changing scenery provided by the close proximity of the water creates a beautiful view throughout the seasons of the year. Backyard creatures have included geese, foxes, deer, turkeys, bobcats and even the adventurous “canoe-ers”. According to the Fanning family, “the moon shining on the river” is their favorite time of year.
This colonial two-story home was built in 1987 by Jerry Mullins Construction and was one of the first custom homes in the neighborhood. During construction, evidence and historical hearsay indicated that an old distillery was at one time located on the property next to the river. An unusual amount of copper tubing was unearthed during the home construction.
Collections of Terry Redlin prints, Ralph McDonald art work, and Ducks Unlimited art are displayed throughout the spacious home. The many pieces feature cabins and waterfowl. In addition, Mr. Fanning’s impressive collection of restored cars will also be available for viewing. The upstairs playroom, outfitted for the Fanning grandchildren, features all the childhood favorites including a vast collection of dolls, books and toys.
Love of family and love of nature combines effortlessly and beautifully in this showcase home.
The Herd Home
Ken and Holly Herd are relative newcomers to the Lincoln County area. They purchased their comfortable home, located at 109 Bridlewood Drive in Park City, because of the close proximity to Ken’s work in Huntsville and to have their “forever” home for their future retirement.
This home was built in 1996 and has many updates, including granite countertops and hardwood floors. The square footage of this home totals 5,347-square-feet and provides ample space for the busy sports lives of the Herd’s two children and many friends. Ken takes great pride in his landscaping abilities and Holly enjoys beautifying the interior of their home with handcrafted items including painting, quilts and floral arrangements. Eye-catching colors and themes are present throughout the children’s bedrooms.
Ken is retired from the U.S. Air Force after having served our country for 22-and-one-half years of active service. The Herds were married in 1995 and lived in Germany, Illinois and Alaska before moving to Lincoln County. Their beautiful home is sprinkled with personal touches from around the world.
Christmas time is a special season for the Herds. The family Christmas tree is traditionally adorned with handmade ornaments dating back to Holly’s childhood. Traditional, yet elegant décor is displayed throughout this attractive and cheerful home.
The peaceful and inviting home of the Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers Hunter and her daughter, Carol Hunter Williams, is located at 3321 Huntsville Highway on the Tennessee/Alabama state line.
The construction of this home began in 1940 by Mrs. Elizabeth’s father, Robert Rogers. Mr. James Rogers, Mrs. Elizabeth’s brother aided in its construction, while Jim Beddingfield laid the brick, and Knox Hancock hand-cranked the concrete for the house and its basement. Red and white oak were cut and seasoned in the farm’s own sawmill during the construction. The house was situated at its site because of the proximity to the construction of the then new Huntsville Highway. The highway was built as part of the war effort to connect Redstone Arsenal to Camp Forrest in Tullahoma. The Rogers-Hunter home remains a part of a working 700-acre farm that has been in the family for three generations.
In 1998, Howard and Elizabeth Hunter undertook an extensive renovation of the beloved original 1940 home. A large gathering room, library, bedroom suite, new staircase and large carport were added.
Mrs. Elizabeth Rogers Hunter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when her children were very young. This beautiful home is a wonderful example of how an older home can be updated to be completely handicapped accessible. Nov. 11, 2012, the day of the home tour, is also Mrs. Elizabeth’s 81st birthday. Be sure to wish her a “Happy Birthday’ as you tour her exceptional residence!