Pedestrian-Friendly Decatur Tour of Homes Starts Tonight

The Decatur Tour of Homes begins at 5:30p this Friday and Saturday.  Get your tickets HERE or at any of these locations.

The tour’s website says that this year’s tour around the Northeast quadrant of Decatur is designed to be pedestrian-friendly. “We encourage you to park your car and stroll through downtown Decatur, visiting each of these remarkable homes. We are also excited to partner with ATL-Cruzersto provide complimentary Gem car shuttles for the Now let’s cut to the chase.”

Here are the homes and “points of interest” featured on this year’s tour.

Proceeds this year benefit the Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund, the Decatur Education Foundation and the Wylde Center.

Tour of Homes Oakhurst Style!

Cheryl Burnette sends in this note regarding this year’s Decatur Holiday Tour of Homes…

In celebration of Oakhurst’s 100th Anniversary, the Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes will include homes only in our neighborhood! Featured homes are on 2nd Avenue, Feld Avenue, Jefferson Place, W. Benson St and East Lake Drive. Points of interest in the neighborhood include Fire Station No. 2 and Oakhurst Presbyterian Church.

New this year is the Friend of the Tour level, which is $100. This is a great way for people and businesses in the community to support such a wonderful event and cause. (Contact Katie about this as well.) Proceeds from the Tour benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes

Friday, Dec 3 and Saturday, Dec 4; 5:30-9:30pm

Decatur Tour of Homes Still Needs Volunteers

From Lee Ann Harvey at the city…

I know that everyone is busy with the holidays, but we are now only 9 days away from the Tour and there are still lots of volunteer positions to fill. We would appreciate your help. As we approach Thanksgiving and look at what we are thankful for, I think about the hundreds of you who respond to my requests for volunteers at our many events and service projects in Decatur. I am thankful for knowing so many wonderful, caring people.

Volunteers receive a complementary ticket to take the Tour, which benefits the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

Descriptions of the homes are available at To sign up, just let me know your name, day & evening phone numbers and email address. Also please let me know which shift you prefer and whether there is a home you prefer (the first shift on Friday is nearly filled):

  • Friday, December 4, 5:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • Friday, December 4, 7:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 5, 5:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 5, 7:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

You may either email this information or call me at 678-553-6548. Please forward this email to anyone that you think might be interested in volunteering on the Tour.

Decatur Tour of Homes Tickets Now on Sale

Over at The Decatur Minute, Cheryl hopes folks will gobble up Decatur Tour of Homes tickets as fast as Beer Fest tix.  This year’s legal trespassing event takes place on December 4th and 5th from 5:30pm-9:30pm.

This year’s tour features 8 Homes and 2 Points of Interest in the Clairemont/Great Lakes area of Decatur. The Tour of Homes committee has planned the tour so attendees could walk from home to home. There will also be a shuttle available, compliments of Decatur Active Living. You can park your car at the Decatur First Baptist Church on Clairemont and ride the shuttle to all the homes.

Tickets are $20 in advance and are being sold at The Seen Gallery on Church Street, The Seventeen Steps on Ponce de Leon Place, Bicycle South on North Decatur Road and Intown Ace Hardware on Scott Boulevard. Tickets will also be available during the Tour at each home for $25.

Proceeds from the Tour of Homes go to the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

For more details on the homes and places on the tour, check out the Decatur Tour of Homes website.

2008 Decatur Tour of "Green" Homes

“Green” seems to be Decatur’s theme for 2008.

Just as the Old House Fair reminded us that “The Greenest Home is the One Already Built”, this year’s Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes focuses on houses that are “Living Green”.  The tour will take place on Fri and Sat December 5th and 6th from 5:30p-9:30p.  The Cliff Bus will provide a shuttle between locations.

Proceeds benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance.

A pictoral list of homes can be found on the Tour’s website.  Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at “the door”.

This year’s tour is dedicated to the memory of Ruth Golley, who passed away last month.

Decatur Tour of Leila Ross Wilburn Homes Featured in AJC

Chris (left) and Tim Russell in their living room on Adams Street in Decatur. (Photo Courtesy of AJC)

The AJC’s Annual Holiday Guide includes an extensive write up and photo tour of Leila Ross Wilburn homes featured on this year’s Decatur Tour of Homes. Having graduated from Agnes Scott College in 1902, Wilburn was a shining star of the Craftsman movement. As one of the only women to have her plan books published in the era, her designs not only exist in Decatur’s MAK Historic District, which borders her alma mater, but in countless unidentified homes throughout the southeast and the country.

Additional info and ticket info can be found on the Decatur Tour of Homes website, including this….

Five of [Lilburn’s] plan books, along with enlarged mounted copies of the plans represented in MAK, will be available for public viewing at Agnes Scott College’s McCain Library during Decatur’s Tour of Homes, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Dec. 7 and 8, 2007.

Also found this interesting…

MAK is very proud that Leila Ross Wilburn’s niece, Lib Kennedy, is the neighborhood’s oldest and longest-term resident. She lived in the neighborhood as a child during its development at the beginning of the 20th century and still resides on Adams Street.

UPDATE: InDecatur links to the MAK District website, which includes a list of all Leila Ross Wilburn Homes in the district.

Decatur Tour of Homes

The 25th Annual Decatur Tour of Homes will take place December 7th and 8th this year.

From the Tour of Homes website….

This year’s theme is Historic Decatur. The tour offers an eclectic mix of homes in the McDonough-Adams-Kings Highway Historic District as well as in Oakhurst. A free shuttle will transport attendees to each location.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at The Seventeen Steps, Intown Ace Hardware, Bicycle South and The Seen Gallery.

Proceeds of the Tour of Homes will benefit the Decatur Youth Fund and the Decatur Preservation Alliance. For more information call 404-371-9583.

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