The 2012 Christmastime Tour of Homes from Uptown Wadesboro, Inc. (UWI) sold 156 tickets for the Dec. 2 tour. Guests grabbed a brochure and map to self-guide themselves to the marked locations, examining each home at their own pace. Most of the homes— built from 1890-1950s— were decorated for Christmas, many featuring unique trees, ornaments and dishes.
After enjoying cookies and cider and purchasing tickets at Wadesboro Town Hall, guests visited the first house on the tour, the Parsons-Ross House at 209 E. Wade St. Now used as the offices of Plank Road Realty, the house was built in 1890 by William and Rosa Leak Parsons, a practicing “druggist” and owner of Parsons Drug Store, according to a brochure on the tour from UWI. It was later purchased by Joyner and Elizabeth Alderman Ross around 1940 and includes sliding oak doors, oak recessed panels and wainscoting in the foyer, roped molding along the paneled oak stairway and 11-foot beaded ceilings.
Guests at this location listened to a barbershop quartet composed of local musicians Paul Turner, Dennis Turner, Rick Gilmore and Dave Arey, who sang a variety of songs, including Christmas classics such as “Silent Night.”
The next stop on the tour was at 305 E. Martin St. A duplex built around 1930, this house was the second and third stop on the tour. Guests first visited Brook Crider’s home at 305-2 and enjoyed refreshments, a beautiful Christmas tree and a fun holiday decorating style blending traditional and modern styles.
Krista Herold, an Anson County kindergarten teacher, showed the other half of the duplex, 305-1. Guests enjoyed Herold’s beautiful personalized decorations, large Christmas tree, and browsing both upstairs and downstairs.
From there, tourists went to the fourth stop on the schedule, Nancy Jo Fuller’s residence at 309 Patrick St. An impressive Victorian home built in 1915, Fuller’s home features six fireplaces, heart pine wood floors, its original roof, writing on one of the fireplace foundations where children practiced arithmetic in 1916, and an original claw-foot tub in the master bathroom, according to UWI. A photo of the house 10years ago was available for guests to compare to its current made-over appearance.
The fifth stop on the tour on 206 Morven Road was unfortunately closed. Owned by James and Ernestine Richardson, the two Anson natives returned home after living in Charlotte for 41 years. Ernestine was born in Wadesboro; James, born in Ansonville, was the first black Deputy Sheriff certified in Anson County Sheriff’s Department in 1973. The home was originally built in 1900 for LG Atkinson, according to UWI.
Michael Horne’s florist shop at 312 Camden Road was the sixth stop on the tour. Constructed around 1910, the home was built by J.A. McRae, who owned a general store in Wadesboro in 1905. Michael and Alan Horne bought the home in September 2011. The home features heart pine wood floors and all of the windows are hand-blown originals. There are four fireplaces downstairs, with the upstairs fireplaces capped off with the original mantels in storage for future use, according to UWI. The Horne’s was full not only with various plants but also unique dishes and decorations.
The seventh and final stop on the tour, Ken Caulder’s home, is located at 606 N. Pine Lane. A classic 1950s ranch-style home, it was originally built for Edward J. “Red” and Vidas Eddins and has since undergone multiple additions and updates, according to UWI. Caulder’s home featured several Christmas trees with unique ornaments, a candle-lit path from the driveway to the front door, and extensive other decorations. Caulder hosted an after-tour party at his residence.
The 156 tickets this year were an increase from the approximately 130 sold last year, and not even 100 sold two years ago, according to Town Hall. Those interested in being on the 2013 Christmastime Tour of Homes are encouraged to contact Wadesboro Town Hall at 704-694-5171 or Uptown Wadesboro, Inc. at 704-695-1644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more photos from the 2012 Christmastime Tour of Homes, see the album on The Anson Record’s Facebook page.