They have watched over their residents and their neighborhood for decades, through generations of change as the city grows and develops around them, and while they are themselves not totally unchanged by the passage of years, stepping inside them feels uncannily like moving into the past. Five vintage homes are opening their doors for exploration on the 52nd annual Heritage Hills Historic Home Tour Oct. 13-14, and you’re invited to go time traveling.
The residents opening their homes are Autumn and Rob Abernathy, 431 NW 17th; Janel and James Bozarth, 215 NW 20th; Maureen and James Watson, 322 NW 15th; Renate and Chuck Wiggin, 301 NW 18th; and Kathy and John Michael Williams, 710 NW 14th. The tour also includes the Overholser Mansion, 405 NW 15th, and free admission to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gaylord-Pickens Museum at 1400 Classen Drive.
“The pride of ownership and sense of stewardship will be evident when you visit the five homes featured on this year’s home tour,” says Rickie Fray, 2018 tour co-chair along with Mary Kay Gumerlock. “I invite everyone to come experience the history, unique architectural diversity and beautiful fall foliage of our neighborhood.”
The self-guided tour is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and allows visitors to explore at their own pace. A trolley is available to ferry guests between tour stops, which are staffed with neighborhood volunteers to answer questions and provide historical information and stories about the homes’ pasts and the neighborhood’s present.
Visit heritagehills.org for tickets or more information about the tour’s food trucks, Classen SAS musical performance, Friday evening Twilight Party and more.