Cottage Hill By Candlelight

By on 8 December, 2017 in Holidays with 0 Comments

While Montgomery braces for a rare Christmas treat of snow, the residents of Cottage Hill are getting ready for their own celebration of the holidays – their annual tour of homes. The Cottage Hill Candlelight Tour will be this Sunday, from 2-6. Every year, the event draws hundreds of people to the historic neighborhood, and generous home owners and businesses open their doors to folks who are interested in the history of the neighborhood. The tour starts at St. Andrews Church at 433 Clayton Street, where participants buy tickets ($8) and get a map for the self-guided tour. From there, guests are free to walk the neighborhood or drive around to see the various sights. It’s not just homes that are open during the event – local nonprofit the Five Points Fire Station will be open, as well as the Jubilee Community Center, the Five Points Cultural Commission, and the Goat House Beer Garden. Many destinations will have light refreshments, and there will be roaming carolers to keep visitors in the holiday spirit.

Residents are proud to open their homes, says Cottage Hill Foundation secretary Heather Logan: “It’s a lot of fun to open your home and talk about the history. There’s a lot of pride that comes from being in these own homes and restoring them. They have so much heart and so many unique qualities that homes today don’t have. The history’s one of those things where you just want to share it.”

This year, there will also be a bus tour with local historians Mary Ann Neely and Dr. Richard Bailey. It will launch from the Jubilee Community Center (Sanctuary) located at 432 S. Goldthwaite Street, at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. It’s a unique opportunity to learn some Montgomery history while looking at beautiful old homes built in the 1800s, including historic Winter Place, where Scott Fitzgerald first met Zelda Sayre.

All of Midtown’s neighborhoods have their own distinct qualities that make them special. Johnny Veres, the Cottage Hill Foundation’s president, summed up the appeal of Cottage Hill this way: “If you walk or drive around Cottage Hill you’ll notice the houses are on narrow lots with small set backs, and each with a front porch. A sometimes overlooked byproduct of this style is a connected community. Residents of Cottage Hill know their neighbors because they see each other as they walk by on the sidewalk or they enjoy the sunsets or a nice rain on the porch, or they get to know each other at events like the Candlelight Tour. It’s the true charm of a historic neighborhood like ours.”

Sunday promises to be a special time to celebrate one of the neighborhoods that makes Montgomery itself so unique. Make time to come and tour the houses and meet others in the spirit of the holidays.

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