The annual tour of homes to benefit the Tullahoma Day Care Center will be held Sunday in Tullahoma.
This year’s tour will be held from 1-5 p.m. featuring four unique Tullahoma homes. In addition, a silent auction will be held from 12:30-5 p.m. at the Tullahoma Art Center, which will also be open for touring and a silent auction.
All proceeds from the tour benefit the nonprofit day care center, which serves at-risk area children.
Tickets are $15 in advance or may be purchased for $20 on the day of the tour at any of the homes or at the Art Center, 401 South Jackson St., Tullahoma.
In addition to the Art Center, tickets are available at Traders Bank, 120 North Jackson St., at Clayton’s, 108 West Lincoln St., and many other business locations in Tullahoma.
Visit www.TullahomaDayCare.com for more information on where to get tickets.
Homes on this year’s tour are located at 1907 Country Club Drive, 502 Lake Hills Road, 500 Northeast Atlantic St. and 209 Lakewood Drive.
1907 Country Club Drive
Tommy and Mel Dennis bought their mid-century ranch about 18 months ago after moving to Tullahoma from Owensboro, Kentucky.
The 2,600-square-foot brick ranch home, constructed in 1962, is a three-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom house located on the Lakewood Golf and Country Club’s 10th hole.
The home has been totally renovated, inside and out. Walls have been taken down to open up the space, and total renovations and bright colors give the home an updated feel.
502 Lake Hills Road
Leslie Wurst and her late husband Doug Wurst bought their historic home in 1995.
Built around 1910 on three secluded acres, the house overlooks Ovoca Lake and is a combination of craftsman bungalow style and shingle style. The shingles and assortment of unusual windows add to the character of the house. T
he cut local stone foundation and stucco chimney are from another era. Every closet in the house has a small square window for ventilation.
The Wursts peeled away work from previous renovations that took away from the original home. Many original light fixtures and even some trim and other woodwork had been removed, so the Wursts replaced them with historically accurate pieces, some from their own families.
The floors are original and could not be refinished due to poor refinishing over the years, but the Wursts loved the character and kept them. The windows are original double-hung windows with weights and wavy glass. The carriage house garage and apartment were renovated.
The Wurst house is thought to be the original home of the founder of the Ovoca Orphans Home.
500 Northeast Atlantic St.
The home of Sonya and Marc McNabb was built around 1900 and was the original home of the Thoma family. This craftsman-style home features six working fireplaces, with possibly a seventh hidden in the walls that would have been used in the kitchen.
The home has many original features as well as updates. The upstairs bath features a claw foot tub. The large tree in the front side yard by the front porch was a Christmas tree planted by a family that lived there in the 1960s.
The McNabbs were told that the front porch was a stopping place for soldiers on the train to be treated to a meal before they went off to war.
The home was mostly renovated when the McNabbs moved in, but they have painted most of the rooms, are in the process of changing a few light fixtures and have plans to do some more updating in the kitchen.
The McNabbs say the home reminded them of some of the charming homes of South Carolina and they love the character and history. The home features large casings, tall ceilings and huge glass doors between the front rooms and the original wood floors.”
209 Lakewood Drive
Jack and Gail Dayton bought their home in 2018 and spent the next year renovating it. They have lived at the address since May.
The home is a mid-century modern brick ranch custom built by Charles and Millie Ellis in 1958. It features an open floor plan with great views of Lake Tullahoma and the golf course, two levels of living space with stucco fireplaces in each level, four bedrooms and three baths with a balcony at the rear.
The home has been completely renovated by the Daytons, who removed some walls to further enhance the openness of the home, rearranged the kitchen with new cabinetry and appliances and added hardwood and tile floors throughout plus a number of built-in cabinets with new bathrooms.
They also incorporated ship lap walls, tongue-in-groove ceilings and beams in the lower level.