Historic Springfield's 2016 Tour of Homes

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Grab your bicycle, slip on your flip flops (or drive if you must) and enjoy touring seven unique venues, both historic and modern, on the 2016 Historic Springfield Tour of Homes on May 21st & 22nd. Purchase your tickets early now for a discount.

1424 Pearl Street

This surprising 1912 bungalow features Prairie and Craftsman influences, and probably decades older than it's official build date. Inside, guests will find a grand fireplace, beautifully remodeled kitchen, espresso hardwood floors, and quaint hen pasture in the back, where egg laying hens roam free. Yes, you can feed the chickens.

1741 Liberty Street

This grand 1911 home was built for one of the most prominent families in Jacksonville at the time, and it shows. At over 5000 sq ft, the Queen Anne-Folk Victorian home boasts stunning woodwork, stained glass, wraparound front porch, intricate iron work, and many other original features. The remodeled kitchen is gorgeous. Find out more about it's prominent first owners, and what roles they played in Jacksonville institutions, at the Tour.

1501 N. Main Street

The 4200 sq ft brick commercial building is a classic example of a “corner store” in the early 20th century, when the most common form of transportation was by foot or horse and buggy. The building has had many different uses through the years, including Wildcat Grocery, the tile of which still stands in the doorway today. A 1938 advertisement asked customers to visit “Wildcat Groceries, where pries run wild!”, with prices such as twenty cents for three cans of milk, ten cents for a ten pound bag of potatoes, and a five pound bag of sugar for twenty five cents.

Photos by Hannah Joy Photography, Tour branding by Crux Collective.

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