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Make a trip back in time for Victoria Homes Tour

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
March 19, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2014 at 10:19 p.m.

J.V. Vandenberge House, 301 N. Vine St.

IF YOU GO

• WHAT: Historic Homes Tour, Victoria Preservation

• WHEN: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5 and Noon-5 p.m. April 6

• TICKET INFO: $55 ticket includes pre-gala on Thursday, Twilight Tour, auction, tickets to weekend tour. General admission to weekend tour is $15.

MORE INFO: To purchase tickets, visit Devereux Gardens, 1313 N. Navarro St.; Rogers Pharmacy, 4402 N. Laurent St.; Shop the World, 6902 N. Navarro St.; The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.; VPI Office, 205 W. Goodwin St. For more information call, 361-573-1878.

HISTORIC HOMES

Robert Lewis Dabney House - 801 N. Craig St.

C.F. Schneider Cottage - 307 N. Craig Drive

F. B. Shields House - 402 W. Commercial St.

J. V. Vandenberge House - 301 N. Vine St.

Dold-Brummett House - 707 N. Washington St.

If you're looking for an educational and leisurely weekend afternoon, Jeff Wright suggests taking a stroll through Old Victoria next month.

But Wright, Victoria Preservation's executive director, said in order to take that stroll, you may want to move fast to the nearest ticket window for tickets to this year's 27th annual Historic Homes Tour.

"It's one of the best we've organized," he said. "All the homes are great, and I'm not just saying that."

The Historic Homes Tour on April 5 and 6 focuses on five homes in downtown Victoria. Docents will be showing visitors through the Robert Lewis Dabney House and C.F. Schneider Cottage, and the Dr. F.B. Shield, J.V. Vandenberge and Dold-Brummett homes.

"You don't realize it until you travel to other cities, but we're spoiled in Victoria with all of historic homes. A lot of cities don't have them; they just tear them down. But we preserve quite a bit," Wright said. "They haven't taken as much care as we have to keep these things, so we can see them and go inside and appreciate them much more."

While all of the featured homes on the historic tour are seeped in rich pre-1900s and early 1900s era history, coupled with brilliant modern decor, Wright said one home in particular resonates with tales of antiquity.

"Stonewall Jackson's chief of staff, Robert Lewis Dabney, lived in Victoria for a time. ... So that connects Victorians to some real, pretty well-known history of the Civil War," Wright said.

The Historic Homes tour is Victoria Preservation Inc.'s primary fundraiser for the year. Each year, about 1,000 or more people attend to view the homes. But Wright said whether you're interested in architecture, history, decorating, home improvement or Victoria area family trees, the tour will definitely suit everyone's interests.

"It really has something for everyone," he said.

A pre-tour gala and auction and Twilight Tour is April 3, at the Soiree Event Center, 212 S. Main St. Tickets are $55 and include a ticket for the tour on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations can be made through the VPI office.

Regular admission tickets for the weekend are $15.

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