The Annual Richmond Hill Tour of Homes will be on Dec. 2, from 1-5 p.m. The self-guided tour features the Historical Society Museum, two historic churches and five private homes, including the La Maison Palmier, or the Palm House.
Chairperson Teresa Timmons has recently released this second home in the tour. La Maison Palmier belongs to Robert Arehart and George Moravek and is located at 20 McLaughlin in Richmond Hill.
The French Normandy style home was built in 2000. Its entrances are graced by landscaped brick courtyards planted with camellias, crepe myrtles and Italian cypress trees. The kitchen, dining room, living room and music room all have painted concrete flooring, in keeping with the French Normandy décor. In the kitchen, a granite island and commercial stove, along with dozens of drawers and cupboards make the area a perfect hub for entertaining. The French stone fireplace is a faux, made of plaster over wood, but looks just like the real thing. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, accessed by two different staircases.
Unique lighting fixtures, glass, pottery and pictures are from various travels – all with interesting stories behind them. Double doors from the kitchen and living room lead to the screened-in pool area, which is surrounded by holly trees, camellias, azaleas and hydrangeas.
The owners hope the local residents participating in the tour enjoy visiting their home and wish everyone the best of health in the holiday season.
The Tour of Homes is the culminating event for the weekend-long hometown celebration that begins with a chili cook-off Friday night, Nov. 30, and the Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 1.
The tour will include the St. Anne Catholic Church, which will be providing a tea time during the tour. Maps for all stopovers will be included on the tickets, which are $20 in advance or $25 on Dec. 2, tea is included in the ticket price.
Tickets can be purchased at the Historical Society Museum, by calling 756-3697, or via mail to the museum at P.O. Box 1067, Richmond Hill, GA 31322 and tickets can be picked up at earliest convenience or the day of the tour. All proceeds from sales are divided by the Richmond Hill Garden Club, Friends of the Library, the Historical Society and the St. Anne Catholic Church.