Sunday, 26 September 2010
Our Most Recent Home Tour
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It was September 25-26, 2010 that our most recent Whitland Neighborhood Home Tour was held. An entire website was developed for this event which has been retired and no longer available.

The following is the content from the page which appeared on this website and is preserved here for future Home Tour committees.

This year's sixth annual home tour promises to be even better than ever with several locations being readied for tours. The Whitland neighborhood, located directly south of West End Avenue between Bowling and Wilson Avenues, is once again inviting the public to walk its tree-lined streets and tour several homes and the always a hit - - Fire Hall #17.

The Whitland neighborhood was once part of the Peach Blossom plantation, which became known as Whitland Farms in the late 1800s. Part of the land was subdivided and the neighborhood was created in the early 20th Century. Adding to the rich historical presence of the neighborhood is the former burial site of Charles Dickinson, son-in-law to Capt Joseph Erwin (original Peach Blossom builder & owner), who was killed in 1806 by Andrew Jackson in a duel. His remains were re-interred in the Nashville City Cemetery in June 2010.

The neighborhood was also once home to entertainers Dinah Shore and Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann in the popular sitcom "Gilligan's Island," as well as a host of other well-known figures such as senators, mayors, poets, entertainers and sports figures.

"There has been extensive renovation to many of the homes in the neighborhood in recent years, and the character and charm of the neighborhood has actually been preserved and enhanced by these renovations," stated Amy Dennison, co-chair of Whitland's home tour committee. "Our neighborhood is excited to open its homes to Nashville." The wide, tree-lined boulevard of Whitland Avenue and its quiet, family-friendly side streets boast an architectural diversity that ranges from stately mansions to comfortable bungalows. Touring the neighborhood is reminiscent of a time when trolley cars were the primary means of commuting to downtown Nashville. A bus will provide free transportation throughout the neighborhood during the tour.

Children with parental supervision are also welcome to play at the playground of Blakemore Children's Center, located in the neighborhood. A Patrons' Party will be held on Friday, September 24th to kick-off the event. Home tour admission and tickets can be purchased at any of the open homes on the days of the tour for $15 or 2 for $25. Tickets for children under 12 are $8. Advance home tour tickets can also be purchased at a discounted price of $12 each through September 24th at Davis Kidd Booksellers, 2121 Greenhill Village Drive at the Green Hills Mall and at the Harris Teeter located in Belle Meade Theatre Building.

Please refer to http://www.whitlandhometour.org/ for the most up to date information about the 2010 Home Tour!

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Posted on 09/26/2010 9:07 PM by Bob Duthie
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