Saturday, May 12, 2018
A wonderful gift for Mother's Day
Walla Walla is a town where there seems to be a house of charm and character on every block, and each year Kirkman House Museum has the privilege of recruiting the six homes for the Sweet Home Walla Walla tour of historic residences.
Homeowners agree to participate in the tour because it provides them an opportunity to show the results of restoration efforts. They have bought a house with “potential” and due to their vision and hard work they have resurrected many original features they are proud to share. Interiors are furnished with taste and imagination and several feature artwork by some of Walla Walla's many artists.
Tour visitors' first stop is Kirkman House Museum, where they buy the booklet that serves as their entrance to the homes. The booklet contains a map and tantalizing color photos of the houses and is a delightful keepsake.
This year's houses are an eclectic mix of architectural styles and settings. Visitors can visit a magnificent mansion now owned by Whitman College, some fascinating Victorian residences, a 1936 Colonial on one the town's loveliest streets and a grand farmhouse nestled in green hills at the edge of town.
At each house guides share history highlights and interesting facts. They make sure visitors don't miss the antique pull chain toilet, take note of pocket doors and notice the vestige of trolley tracks on the street in front of the house. Folks may be surprised to hear that what is now a gracious family home was for years a boarding house, or that a previous family had employed a Chinese cook.
At the end of the day, visitors discuss which charming house was their favorite and start to look forward to next year's Sweet Home Walla Walla event.
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Sponsored by the Walla Walla Union Bulletin