In 1935, in direct response to needs in Savannah as a result of the Great Depression, the Women’s Auxiliary of Christ Church held the first Savannah Tour of Homes. The first tour featured five homes in one evening and raised an admirable $50 for the impoverished community. The Tour has since grown into one of the most renowned events in the South and is presented by the Women of Christ Church Anglican and Historic Savannah Foundation, in cooperation with the Ardsley Park-Chatham Crescent Garden Club.
The 82nd Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens will be held Thursday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 26th, 2017. The Tour provides a rare opportunity to appreciate the beautiful architecture, interiors, and gardens of Savannah’s Historic Landmark District and Historic Ardsley Park by visiting private residences not usually open to the public.
“In 2016, we had around 2000 participants and raised around $160,000,” shares Mollie White, executive director of the Tour. “This year we are expecting between 3000 and 4000 participants and are excited about what that could mean for our beneficiaries.”
In addition to the Tour’s role in promoting Savannah, it also raises money for the support of several charities in our community and around the world via Christ Church Anglican. Funds are also disbursed to the many preservation projects of Historic Savannah Foundation and Ardsley Park. Some of the recent organizations that have been supported include Ansley’s Rainbows of Hope, The Barnabus Center for Counseling, The Living Vine Christian Maternity Home, and many more. All proceeds from the Savannah Tour of Home and Gardens are used to meet charitable needs and promote local preservation.
“There are lots of new and special things happening with this year’s tour,” shares White. “We are featuring a new neighborhood on Thursday. The Thursday tour will take place in the Victorian and Thomas Square Streetcar districts. We also have a lot of new special events including a tour of Service Brewing Company, a Clermont Lee Tour, a John Norris Tour, and more.”
Get the full scoop on the 2017 Savannah Tour of Home and Gardens by visiting their website or viewing their brochure. Tickets for a few select events have already sold out, but there is still plenty of opportunity to participate in this exclusive and storied affair. Tickets can be easily and safely purchased online.