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Newborn homes, history on tour
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Newborn will share its rich history with visitors during a historic homes and buildings tour in October.

The Newborn Garden Club will host the "Newborn Tour of Homes & Landmarks" Oct. 19. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests will have the rare opportunity to walk though homes and buildings in the area, including turn-of-the-century cottages, several larger homes, a restored cotton warehouse and several other sites.

According to event organizers Beth Scarborough and Linda Williams, the homes and landmarks on the tour reflect the long history of Newborn.

Homes and landmarks to be featured include the Porter Manor House and Gardens; the Burge Plantation Story Cottage and Grounds; the Sandtown/Hodges Home; the Plott Home; the Dobbs Home; the Newborn Schoolhouse and Cemetery; Newborn United Methodist Church; the Historic J.W. Pitts General Merchandise and Warehouse Building; and the Zeigler-Childs Building Town Hall and Library.

Williams said the tour coincides with the publication of the book, "Newborn, Ga. — Characters, Places and Tales," which is filled with photos and stories telling the history of Newborn and the families who founded the town. Williams said the book will be available for purchase at the schoolhouse, which is the starting point of the tour.

Black and white copies are $25. Color copies are $60. Pre-orders for the book can be made by sending a check made out to the Town of Newborn at PO Box 160, Newborn GA  30056  (Attention Books). An extra $5 should be given if you would like a book mailed to you. For more ordering information, email

The cost of the tour is $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour. All proceeds will be used to "pretty up downtown Newborn," Scarborough said. More detailed information about the homes and landmarks on the tour and how to purchase tickets is at