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Tour of homes gives a glimpse at yesteryear

It’s easy to envision the good ole times of yesteryear as the Christmas season comes around. Christmas lights sparkle as candlelight would, the trees remind us of a time when people were more interested in being with nature, rather than Netflix, carolers were welcome at your front door, carriages passed by on the street, like a Dickens novel.

As holiday shopping ramps up, it seems harder and harder to think of the season in that way.

However, the Satsuki Garden Club makes it a little easier with their 17th Candlelight Christmas Tour of Homes on Dec. 3 from 3-7 p.m.

The tour features six homes, a historic Covington Square building and a historic church all built between 1840-1905.

Homes and other properties visited during the tour will be Bill and Sue Hodges, Sandtown Place, Jonathan and Sallie Paschal's 1892 home, Chris Kendrick's 1910 bungalow, Gina Oeland's 1905 Victorian, Walt Davis' Regency Hall, Julian and Stephanie Morton's 1906 Colonial Home, Wesley Chapel and Mystic Grill.

“All the places we have are all over 100 years old, that’s the neat part,” said Chair of the tour, Christy Lassiter. “These folks have renovated these homes so uniquely but still tried to preserve the historical elements of yesteryear.”

Tickets, which are $20 per person, are available from any Satsuki Garden Club member or at Spires Interiors and Gifts. Proceeds from the tour will be donated to Chimney Park.

“The Satsuki Garden Club's Tour of Homes supports a beatification project in our Covington community,” Gina Oeland said. “In addition, the club's hope to use plantings that support nearly endangered species, such as Monarch butterflies, is compelling. Indirectly, this tour supports historic preservation as well, something near and dear to my heart. By making homes, a church, and a business in the Covington historic district available to the public for viewing, appreciation of historic preservation efforts grows.”