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Historic home tour on tap

Three of the six homes featured this year, including the A.T. Smith House, are featured in a coloring book
by: Chase Allgood,

STAFF REPORT

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but nothing beats seeing the real thing - particularly when it comes to beautiful old homes.

Friends of Historic Forest Grove's annual Historic Homes Tour will feature six houses this year, and three are featured in the Historic Homes of Forest Grove Coloring Book published in spring of 2005.

The tour will be held from 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23 Tour tickets will be sold at the John L. Scott Real Estate Office on Main Street from 1 - 3 p.m. for $5 per person attending the tour.

Homes this year will span 75 years. The 1854 A. T. Smith House which is owned by Friends of Historic Forest Grove will once again be open for tours and guests will be able to drive down to the house on the day of the tour.

Other homes include Italianate, Eastlake and Queen Anne Cottage styles from the Victorian period. The two 20th Century homes represent the Transitional Style home of the first decade and a French Cottage Bungalow from the mid-1920's.

Proceeds from this years tour will support the Friends of Historic Forest Grove operating budget. The group, which operates totally on volunteer effort, was formed to recognized local historical and cultural resources, enhance and promote the historic environment of Forest Grove, and educate the public about areas of historic interest.

Membership information will be available at the ticket table and coloring books will be offered for sale at $5 each.

Forest Grove has a distinct and important place in the history or Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, according to board member Mary Jo Morelli. It was, she said, settled by people of vision who left us a rich and diverse architectural heritage.

For more information call the group's message phone at 503 992 - 1280 or visit its website: www.historicforestgrove.org.