The 2018 Alpha Kappa Home Tour is set for Sunday, Nov. 11, the final day of the 26th Annual Fayetteville Host of Christmas Past Festival.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Advance tickets are available at Ivy Wreath, Carter’s Drug Store, and Bagley and Bagley Insurance on the Fayetteville square or from any member of Alpha Kappa, and tickets the day of the Home Tour will be available at each of the sites.

Five properties, including three in Fayetteville, one in Belleville and another in Taft, will be featured as part of this year’s Home Tour. The Home Tour will see each of the locations open their doors from 1 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 11 Proceeds benefit the Alpha Kappa college scholarship fund.


Farm House

In 2006, Norma and Tommy Wright purchased the little farm house at 934 Shelbyville Hwy. as rental property. In 2017 while their current home was remodeled, the farm house had a major remodel done by Rick Jones, a local contractor. It was discovered all the rooms and ceilings were clad in bead board which has been left exposed. Living room and dining rooms have original two-inch oak and chestnut floors.

Each room showcases antiques and family heirlooms some darting back to the mid 1840’s. The Wrights have found their little farm house to be cozy and inviting.


Southerland home

Wanda and Howard Southerland’s home is located at 129 Scott Orchard Road. It was custom built in 2009 on Wanda’s family farm in the Taft community.

One requirement for the 5,000-under-roof-square-foot house was large front and back porches. The front porch features a bench built by Howard from 100-year-old oak boards from the barn that was once on the land.

In their home, Wanda has incorporated family heirlooms, special artwork by family members, pieces from Japan and Howard’s custom handcrafted wood items.


Carter cottage

Welcome to the charming Craftsman-style cottage of the Carter family at 402 Third Avenue. The home purchased in 2007 is in its original style. The hardwood floors bear the original patina of the 1940’s wood.

The home is comfortably decorated with vintage family pieces, some of which were built by Mrs. Carter’s father. Her skill at fine needlework is also on display.

On the home’s exterior is a quilt board displayed in the carport. Designed and painted by friends Dwight and Carolyn Caudle, the quilt is the Rising Star pattern based on Psalms 113:3.


Maddox home

The home of Kent and Andrea Maddox and their two young children is located at 17 Rambo Road in scenic Riverbend. Situated on 15 acres, the farmhouse-style house was custom built in 2017. A large welcoming front porch greets visitors as they approach the home.

Nature’s colors are used throughout. Collections of animal prints and photographs are displayed by Dr. Andrea, a veterinarian.

At the back of the house, visitors enter the open concept living room with beautiful stone fireplace and kitchen. Out the backdoor is another large porch which offers best views of Oakwood Acres Lake.


St. Mary Magdalene

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church is located at the corner of North Elk Avenue and Washington Street. The church was dedicated on Mary Magdalene’s Day, July 22, 1884.

When the building was destroyed by a tornado in 1952, members rebuilt in the same spot but changed the entrance to face south.

Without resident priests 1920-1955, the church was served by supply clergy and seminarians from the University of the South. Since 1955 the church has had a resident priest. Today the Rev. Jason S. Terhune is rector of St. Mary’s.

Handouts will be available on site to describe seven beautiful stained glass windows in the sanctuary.

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