Event begins April 28 at Goodwin Manor
The time has arrived once again for Greene County’s history to be on display through its beautiful and unique architecture. If These Walls Could Talk Greene County Historic Tour showcases 16 homes & churches ranging from 1795 to the modern age of the today. And, at the heart of this tour is the cause – Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club.
The tour will begin April 28 at 10 am ending at 4 pm. All proceeds from the tour will go toward continuing to create bright futures at PNBGC. Tickets are $25 for the tour and $35 for the tour and lunch provided by Café 44. Tickets can be purchased online at www.petenancebgc.org.
Just what will you see on this home tour?
J.H. McCommons Funeral Home
The oldest home on the tour, the Jonas Fouche house was first built in 1795 by a Frenchman, who fought in the American Revolution. William Howard “Bill” McCommons bought the Jonas Fouche House in 1947 and restored the home, opening for business as a funeral home in 1948. The stories the McCommons home will tell you on the tour are not to be missed!
What about that giant stone “jail?”
If this has been a burning question for you when traveling through Greensboro – look no further, as secrets and history will be unveiled during the tour of The Old Gaol & L.L. Wyatt Home.
The old Gaol housed Greensboro’s prisoners well into the 1890’s. Comprised of two-foot thick granite walls, it’s worthy of taking a peaking and imagining what prison life might have been like during that time.
Loy Lee Wyatt enforced the laws in Greene County, first as a policeman, and then as sheriff. He’s considered a Greene County legend and served or 37 years until his death.
Want to learn about early church life?
Then don’t miss the churches on the tour, including the First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro completed in 1893. The church burned down twice prior to the current standing building. Prior to the building being finished, the congregation met with Baptists.
Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club
Among countless homes, the tour will also feature Pete Nance Boys & Girls Club so the community will be able to see first-hand the type of programming that goes into this youth development organization. Staff, volunteers, board members and Club members will be at the Club during the tour to showcase the Club.
For the hundreds of young people that the Club serves every day from 1st grade to its teen center, the Club makes a huge difference in their daily & future lives. It is a safe haven where professionally trained staff and dedicated community volunteers work tirelessly to provide nationally created and locally originated programs that help develop character, education, health & wellness and so much more!
The tour will also serve lunch with the correct ticket purchased. Each home will feature a docent, who will ensure that every visitor learns something new about the home and Greene County history.
If you’d like to learn more about the tour or purchase tickets, visit www.petenancebgc.org.