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summerville post Volume 25, No. 1

October 2001

Twenty-fourth Annual Tour of Homes October 26-28, 2001 To remind us all, here is a brief history of Summerville... “Summerville” – The name itself says much about the history of this hilltop Augusta neighborhood. The earliest records show it in the late 1700s as a distinct community, separate from Augusta. This small village in the sand hills west of town was situated astride the Indian Trading Road that connected the young colonial outpost on the Savannah River that was Augusta, with the Creek Indian Nation to the west. Part of that road is roughly followed by parts of today’s Broad Street, Battle Row, upper McDowell Street and Wrightsboro Road. Large tracts of land on the hill, primarily pine barrens back then, were acquired by prominent Augusta citizens like George Walton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Milledge, and Thomas Cumming in the 1780s. Their names remain even now as the names of major Summerville streets. Augusta’s proximity to the river and surrounding lowlying marshland, much of which is now gone, made it uncomfortably humid during the hot Georgia summers. The sand hills intercepted the westerly breezes that might have provided some cooling relief from the steamy summer climate downtown. People from Augusta came up to the hill to get away from the oppressive heat below. Early on, it was recognized that the air up on the hill was not only cooler in the summer, but seemingly healthier as well. Whereas malarial fever was a common summertime ailment in

SNA FALL GENERAL MEETING Election of 2002 Board of Directors Thursday, November 15, 2001 The Partridge Inn – Social Hour 6-7 PM Meeting Begins at 7:00 PM

the hot swampy area, the Hill was remarkably free of this problem. At that time, it was believed that these fevers resulted from vapors emitted by the river and swamps; however, we now know that the real problem was the transmission of the fever by mosquitoes. In 1820, there was a major outbreak of fever in the city that nearly wiped out the entire garrison of enlisted men stationed at the U.S. arsenal near the river. At the recommendation of the commanding officer, the U.S. government purchased some 72 acres from Freeman Walker’s “Bellevue” plantation on the Hill, and relocated the Arsenal to this more healthful environment. This was done despite the objections of local residents who felt it would disrupt their peaceful village. This arsenal later became the campus of Augusta College. The belief that the Hill was a healthful place is reflected in some of the names that survive: “Monte Sano” – Mount Health in Spanish, and “Mount Salubrity,” an early Summerville school that stood on the corner of John’s Road and Cumming Road. The little village on the hill became a summer getaway for downtown residents – sort of a nearby resort, that they could get to, and then get back home from, in one day. Later, as Augusta merchants became prosperous, they began to build summer homes on the Hill. No longer did they return to town at the end of each day. They could spend the entire hot season (continued on page 9)

1ST ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING Hickman Park Friday, November 30, 2001 at 6:00 PM

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We would like to thank our neighbor,

for so generously accommodating the homeowners during our tour.

Tour Committee, 2001 Tour Co-Chairs Mary-Garner Merz Emmie Strozier Ward Treasurer Joe Landrum Hospitality Stacy Brooks

Artwork Donna Whaley

Transportation Horizon Motor Coach

Advertising and Publicity Mary Helen McDonough Mary-Garner Merz

Summerville Web-Site Mike Brown

Board Liaison Mary Helen McDonough

Post Lisa Gerardot Mary-Garner Merz

Parade Jennifer Riche

Thank you to our gracious homeowners for opening their homes. Special thanks to this year’s tour party hosts: Dr. Robert and Mary Gail Nesbit Jim Nord and Wayne Nord 2

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PRESIDENT'S LETTER The annual Summerville Tour of Homes always is an eagerly anticipated event, not just in Augusta but throughout the Southeast. This year, as we prepare to welcome hundreds of visitors to our neighborhood, the Tour also becomes the focal point of the Summerville Neighborhood Association’s 25th Anniversary celebration. Seeing the wonderful homes showcased on the Tour is tangible evidence of a quarter century of commitment and hard work that has preserved more than 200 years of important residential and architectural heritage. Even as SNA celebrates its Silver Anniversary, people still ask “What does this organization do?” The by-laws of the Association state that the purpose is to “protect and enhance the value, quality and charm of Summerville.” That involves ever changing opportunities and challenges! One of the main goals of the SNA board this year is to get more information out to everyone in the neighborhood so that all of us can participate in the decisions that affect us. The development of the web site and more frequent mailings have been used to do this. Log on, read your mail, get involved! The “adoption” of Hickman Park has been the most rewarding challenge faced by SNA this year. This historic park is again becoming the center of neighborhood activity. Through the efforts of neighborhood volunteers, the streetscape of the park is improving weekly. Becky Oglesby’s dedication to the children’s programs has provided many hours of fun

and made a lot of children feel very welcome. The First Annual Fun Run, organized by Joe Landrum, starts a tradition that will continue to bring new life to the park and the neighborhood. A big “thank you” goes to Kim Overstreet and Rick Brown for throwing a great 25th celebration and bringing us all together at the park. And everyone is anticipating a merry beginning of the holiday season with the First Annual Hickman Park Christmas Tree Lighting and visit from Santa on November 30! On a less positive note, Summerville and Augusta lost an important piece of history this spring when Augusta State University demolished the Augusta Arsenal Gatehouse. As I write this, ASU is preparing to demolish the yellow cottage on McDowell Street. The University has owned it for several years and has purposely allowed it to deteriorate. The insensitivity that ASU has shown in its approach to demolition and new construction is a growing threat to the integrity of our neighborhood. This is an issue that should concern every resident. It is a privilege to be able to work with so many dedicated people in continuing to preserve and improve our neighborhood. The 2001 Tour of Homes, chaired by Mary-Garner Merz and Emmie Ward is the perfect way to celebrate 25 years of working together. Join your neighbors and our visitors as we celebrate Summerville’s past, present and future. Sandra Blackwood, President Summerville Neighborhood Association

SNA Board of Directors President ....................Sandra Blackwood ..................................738-9325 Past President............Stewart Flanagin....................................738-0917 Secretary ........................Cheryl Grace ........................................736-7195 Treasurer ..........................Joe Landrum........................................736-5234 Publications ........................Jim Nord............................................737-8020 Julia Barrett ....................................................736-5577 Mike Brown ......................................................733-0654 Rick Brown........................................................738-3553 Shane Claffey ..................................................733-7388

Cathy Clarke....................................................667-6355 Mary Helen McDonough................................738-2825 Kim Overstreet..................................................738-1013 David Pulling ....................................................738-0982

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The Summerville Neighborhood Association, Brencor Management, LLC and The Partridge Inn invite you to step back into time...

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2002 Membership will experience this magical evening filled with candlelight, Big Band music and dancing in the Bon Air’s Terrace Room overlooking beautiful Augusta.

Friday, October 26th 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. Black Tie Optional Valet Parking Available Cash Bar / Martini Bar

Admission 2002 Membership Dues ~ $20 Do not have to be a resident to become a member of SNA

Advanced Reservations Encouraged Please see page 20 for reservation form.


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Tour 2001 Ticket Outlets The Parsonage Books and Gifts (Church of the Good Shepherd) 2230 Walton Way Surrey Center Pharmacy 483 Highland Avenue

Hill Drug Co. 1432 Monte Sano Avenue Fat Man's Forest-Main 1545 Laney-Walker Blvd Fat Man's Forest-West Washington Road, Evans

Park Avenue Antiques (Formerly Antique Market) 3179 Washington Road Quiet Pond 1423 Monte Sano Ave.

Cost of tickets is $15. TOUR WEEKEND, 2001 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, Oct. 26th FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE PREVIEW ................................................................................................4:30 – 6:30PM Appleby Library ~ Open to Friends of the Library and Summerville Residents AN EVENING AT THE BON AIR ....................................................................................................................................7:00 – 10:00PM The 2002 SNA Membership will step back into time during this magical evening in the historic Bon Air Hotel’s Terrace Room. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, martini bar, Big Band music, dancing. Admission $20 per couple. See page 20 for reservation info.

Saturday, Oct. 27th TOUR OF HOMES ..................................................................................................................................................................12 noon – 6PM HILL RUN AT HICKMAN PARK ......................................................................................................................................................8:30AM PARADE ......................................................................................................................................................................................................10AM We are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Association really big this year. Line the streets with kids of all ages!! FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE Appleby Library. Open to all. ................................................................................................................................................10AM – 6PM Also, bring the kids to get their picture taken with storybook characters! LUNCH AT THE PARTRIDGE INN Don’t forget to enjoy lunch at The Partridge Inn. Show your tour ticket to receive a 10% discount.

Sunday, Oct. 28th TOUR OF HOMES ..........................................................................................................................................................................1PM – 6PM BRUNCH AT THE PARTRIDGE INN Present your tour ticket to receive $3.00 off Sunday Brunch at The Partridge Inn. HOLTKAMP ORGAN RECITAL..........................................................................................................................................................5:30PM Presented at the Good Shepherd Church by Alvin Blount, Director of Music/Organist at St. Mary-on-the-Hill Catholic Church EVENSONG..................................................................................................................................................................................................6PM Having become a Tour tradition, the Good Shepherd Choir will close our fun weekend.

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“Diamond in the Rough” Needs Your Help Hickman Park is Summerville’s “Diamond in the Rough,” but plans are underway to polish up our neighborhood park’s tarnished image. We need your interest and willingness to volunteer! Plans are to install a sprinkler system, followed by landscaping to restore the grounds. In October, a 40foot red cedar tree will be planted to serve as Summerville’s own Christmas tree. The first Hickman Park “Hill Run” is set for Tour weekend. If the thought of running makes your knees ache, don’t despair. We need volunteers to help organize the race, hand out refreshments and cheer on the runners. If you want to help, call Joe Landrum, 798-4773 (work).

The Augusta Junior Woman’s League, which meets monthly at the Augusta Woman’s Club in Summerville, will help with the Hill Run, with the beautification process and also with the ongoing after-school programs for neighborhood children. Join these volunteers! We need individuals as well as groups with ideas for revitalization of our beautiful neighborhood gem!

Hickman Park Hill Run (1 mile/5K)

A local service organization has already expressed interest in working with the Friends of Hickman Park.

The first “Hill Run” will be held Saturday, October 27th, at Hickman Park. There will be a one mile fun/kids run starting at 8:30 a.m. and a 5K (3.3 mile) run starting at 9:00 a.m.

1st Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Hickman Park

Awards will be given out in different age groups for both races. Entry fees will be $5 per person or $20 per family, and all funds raised will go to support Hickman Park. Everyone is encouraged to come out and participate in this fun event and help us raise money for our park.

Herald the holidays and Celebrate SNA’s 25th Anniversary at the First Annual Summerville Neighborhood Association Christmas Tree Lighting at Hickman Park. Santa Claus will be there with treats for all good children! The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30. Santa hopes to see all of you there for this very special occasion.

Tree Donated to Hickman Park Stewart Flanagin, past president of the Summerville Neighborhood Association, has generously donated a 40-ft. (approximately) Red Cedar tree to Hickman Park and the Association. The tree is given in memory of his parents, Lillian Tate Flanagin and Dr. Wiley Stewart Flanagin, Jr. The tree, which was moved from the Flanagin property, will enable the neighborhood to establish a new Summerville tradition, the annual Christmas tree lighting. THANK YOU, STEWART, for this beautiful gift. 6

For more details, go to the Summerville web page at

Free Tour Transportation A great (air conditioned) way to enjoy the Summerville Tour of Homes is to park your car at the Church of the Good Shepherd and ride a Tour Bus. Buses will run the tour route continuously both Saturday and Sunday!

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Neighborhood Enhancement by Cathy Clarke

Tree Lovers’ Alert! At summer’s end, everything is green and growing fast, including English ivy climbing ever upward in our trees. It looks great when it’s just nestling at the base of a majestic oak or covering the first two to three feet of trunk. What doesn’t look quite so great is a tangled, snarled mass of ivy enveloping the clean lines of branches for 20-30 feet. Quite a few of our lovely

Evensong The Good Shepherd Choir, under the direction of James Nord, will close the tour with their annual Evensong service at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The service will be taken from the Book of Common Prayer, 1898, and all period music will be used to recreate worship in the style of Summerville’s early days. Evensong will be preceeded by an organ recital on the Holtkamp organ at 5:30 by Alvin Blount, Director of Music/Organist at St. Mary-on-the-Hill Catholic Church. A reception in the churchyard will follow the service. The Church of the Good Shepherd is at 2230 Walton Way. All SNA residents and tour-goers are welcome.

e m o c Wel Wagon The Summerville Welcome Wagon is on the road and it needs your help. Be on the lookout for houses bought or sold in your area. When you know about new neighbors, call Donna Whaley at 733-2788 and give her the address. She will then greet them with a lovely gift basket and a welcome to Summerville. Our neighborhood is such a friendly place to live and we want all new neighbors to get that message right away. Donna looks forward to hearing from you!

old trees now appear to be suffering from a neverending bad hair day. Problems resulting from this “mess of ivy” include more weight and wind resistance in the upper portion of the tree, making it more vulnerable to damage during storms. Also, the ivy masks decayed limbs so the homeowner can’t see the pruning work needed to keep the tree healthy. There are two solutions to this problem. The easier one is, of course, prevention. The second option is a little more time-consuming. According to Jim Dickert of Empire Tree Service, a section of at least 6"-12" of ivy should be completely severed around the base of the tree trunk. After four to six months, when the small ivy roots have loosened from the trunk, huge sections of dead ivy can be pulled down. Be sure to wear gloves and long sleeves – some of those vines may be poison ivy.

Historic District Design Guidelines The Summerville Historic District Design Guidelines, based on an extensive study of Summerville’s historic district, is filled with pictures of Summerville homes, interesting facts about our local architecture and helpful tips for maintaining and rehabilitating older homes. Copies are available at The Parsonage Books and Gifts located at 2230 Walton Way; Hill Drug Company at 1432 Monte Sano Avenue and Historic Augusta Office at 111 Tenth Street. The cost is $18. This book would make a wonderful Christmas present for someone you know!

your neighborhood.

www.Summervil your website.

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Historic Preservation

Forget Extra Crispy, I Want the Original Recipe by Mike Brown Charleston, Beaufort, Washington, Savannah, Augusta – charming historic Southern cities with beautiful historic neighborhoods and annual mustsee house tours. As this year’s Summerville Tour approaches, let’s take a moment to reflect on why these tours are so enjoyable. I must say that the first inclination is that of recognition. As proud homeowners, we want others to appreciate the hard work and dedication that went into the restoration and renovation of our homes, not to mention the weeks spent cleaning and preparing for the dust critics that walk through during the tour. House tours give us a chance to showcase the blood, sweat, tears and hard-earned cash that went into our homes. As you enter a tour house, the tour guide bellows, “Welcome to the Brown’s charming Colonial Revival Bungalow. They purchased the dilapidated home in 1995 and immediately started renovations. We haven’t seen them leave the house since. As you enter the foyer, you’ll notice the lovely oak staircase, which is original to the house. They can’t afford to eat the French Market anymore, but doesn’t the finish on that stair railing look spectacular. Hot pocket anyone?” Can you imagine a tour of homes in most of the other newer neighborhoods? Unless you are displaying Christmas decorations, I can’t see a good reason to have one. “Why?” you ask. The answer is simple. A tour of most any neighborhood in the burbs would consist of about five houses. The house with the small front door and massive garage door on the front left corner; the one with garage on the front right corner; the house with a detached garage and an oversized Palladian window; and the two houses with a mixture of brick, stucco, and vinyl siding on the front facade, and no garage. That’s it. Anything original to the house in one of those neighborhoods is also original 8

to the other 450 houses in the same neighborhood. My point is this: the details, craftsmanship and character that make a house unique are almost nonexistent in new suburban neighborhoods. Ever see a tin roof on a new house in the burbs? Not likely. How about a 10-foot deep porch or real wood siding? Real wood siding? What’s that? Society has been marketed into believing that synthetic is better. My house has been enveloped in wood siding for over 75 years. The siding is original to the house. Let’s see what vinyl siding looks like after 75 years. Probably a lot like the seats in my 85 Toyota pick-up. At least I can see if there are moisture problems under my seats. Summerville homes, like those of most historic neighborhoods, have unique features and craftsmanship that can be appreciated by everyone. Tours allow us to share those features, while also showcasing our personal touch. Our houses evolve, but through the help of design guidelines, we always manage to maintain the character that is original to the house. Become conscious of the unique character of our neighborhood, and you will attend this year’s tour with a greater appreciation for what your neighbors have worked hard to preserve.

Lunch at The Partridge Inn Present your tour ticket for 10% off lunch on Saturday or for $3.00 off their wonderful Sunday Brunch.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF SUMMERVILLE... (continued from page 1) in their summer homes, while their employees ran the businesses, and herein lies the true origin of the name “Summerville.” By the 1850’s, Summerville had become a fourseason community, not just a summer resort. More and more permanent structures and year-round homes, some of them quite grand, sprang up as the town prospered. In 1861, it was officially incorporated as a village, with the Summerville name and its own mayor. The boundaries of the village were defined as a circle of one mile radius with its center at the northeast corner of Walton Way and Milledge Road – “Gould’s Corner” – so named for the spectacular hillside home of prominent merchant Artemas Gould, which still presides over that location. By the end of the century, sleepy little Summerville had come full circle, and had transformed itself from a small summer resort for the local population, to a winter playground for wealthy northern industrialists and politicians. Two major resort hotels, the Partridge Inn and the Bon Air hotel, hosted captains of industry and even Presidents of the United States, who came south to escape the harsh cold winter weather of their northern homes. The state of Florida had not yet been developed as the winter haven it is today, so Augusta was the preferred destination for travelers from the North. Some of the winter visitors built grand vacation homes on the

Hill, while others decided to stay permanently. In 1912, again over the opposition of some of its prominent citizens, Summerville was annexed by the city of Augusta, and lost its status as a separate village. Then, in 1916, a major disaster struck Augusta. A raging fire swept through downtown, devastating much of the business district, and ravaging the residential neighborhoods around lower Broad Street. Although tragic, this event proved to be a major boost to Summerville, as many of the burned-out residents of Augusta chose to rebuild their homes up on the Hill. What ensued was a tremendous residential building boom for the town. Following the tastes of the day, the new homes covered a wide range of revival styles of architecture – Greek, Gothic, Italianate, Spanish and Colonial to name a few. Some were very opulent homes that competed with the mansions that had been built by the rich out-of-towners from the previous generation. Others were modest bungalows in the then-popular “Craftsman” style. All contributed to the rich tapestry of stately homes and picturesque gardens that made Summerville the “crown jewel” of Augusta’s residential neighborhoods. A walk or drive through Summerville reveals that many of these homes are still here – lovingly restored and cared for by a new generation of Augustans who appreciate, and wish to preserve the unique legacy of Summerville. – Taken from a 1984 Summerville brochure

Happy 25th Birthday Summerville Neighborhood Association Even though silver traditionally marks this anniversary, we are celebrating this great anniversary with a special pewter mint julep cup. It has the SNA monogram and you can order one or a set of two or four.

25th Anniversary Julep Cup Name ____________________________________ Address __________________________________ __________________________________________ Phone ____________________________________

Please include $41 for each cup you are ordering.

I am ordering ________ cup(s).

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★ Headquarters ~ Church of the Good Shepherd 1. The home of David and Susan Burton ~ 2229 Walton Way 2. The home of Condor and Diane McCollom ~ 2402 William Street 3. The home of Mark and Sharon Lorenti ~ 2406 William Street 4. Summerville Cemetery 5. The home of Neal and Barbara Smith ~ 1119 Milledge Road 6. The home of Stefanie Reed ~ 1009 Meigs Street 7. The home of John and Regina Garrard ~ 1007 Meigs Street 8. The home of Dr. Miche and Mary Helen McDonough ~ 1001 Hickman Road 10

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1. The home of David and Susan Burton

2229 Walton Way

Last year, the Burtons were gracious enough to invite tour goers into their home to witness first hand the extensive renovation of the 6,000 square foot structure. Now, a year later and nearly five years after the entire project was begun, the renovation is 98% complete, and tour goers can again marvel at the incredible attention to detail, the meticulous research into the history of the home, and the sheer determination and patience of the Burtons as they near the completion of this vast project. The Greek Revival home, built sometime in the 1830s, has undergone many dramatic changes. The house was physically moved from one end of the original lot to the other in the 1890s. Additions were made to convert it into apartments in the early 20th century, and now the Burtons are painstakingly restoring the home. Incredible attention has been given to salvaging original details such as the columned mantles, heart pine floors, vaulted ceilings and pocket doors. Additionally, the Burtons have worked a little bit of magic, creatively solving modern living issues while retaining the historical character of the home. As throughout this project, their attention to detail, use of quality materials, and their vision of the possible has been its own reward. In May of this year, however, others took notice when Historic Augusta, Inc. awarded the property one of its Historic Preservation Awards. Don't miss this home. It is literally a rare opportunity to step back in time and experience a part of history. House Captain: Cindy Dick (364-2862)

Flowers generously provided by Templeton’s

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2. The home of Condor and Diane McCollom

2402 William Street

Once upon a time, there was a home that needed a family, and a family looking for a home. Diane had always wanted to “fix up” an older house, and had periodically through the years been on the lookout for just such a project. A phone call from a friend prompted her to drive by the corner of William and Katherine Streets, and there, standing vacant for seven years was Diane's “fixer upper.” The 4,800 square foot Colonial, built in 1909, was given to Esther Neal Wilder as a wedding gift from her father, James Thurman Neal. The McCollums were able to salvage an amazing amount of original details. The original door and old glass windows dominate the front of the home. Both the living room and dining room can be closed off with the original pocket doors. A claw foot tub, bathroom chandelier, mantels, flooring and dramatic wood trim and doorframes are some of the other original details. The McCollums modernized the kitchen, added a fireplace there (that makes six total), and added on a back porch. A staircase to the third floor was created when a portion of the attic was converted into a home office. Throughout, the McCollums have furnished and decorated the home with family antiques and memorabilia. A guaranteed conversation starter is the working telephone booth in the den. It was salvaged from the old train station downtown. The McCollums are still gathering stories about the house and its original owners that include colorful gossip about Esther's husband, a friend of Ty Cobb's, and memories of Uncle Joe and Aunt Melinda, slaves who stayed with the family after the war and lived in the little house out back. No longer a “fixer upper,” the McCollum’s home is a wonderful example of a Summerville home. House Captain: Lauren Burnett (733-7182)


Flowers generously provided by Margaret Brown

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3. The home of Mark and Sharon Lorenti

2406 William Street

The Lorenti’s 5,600 square foot home built sometime around 1897 is stunning, open, and warm, but when they purchased it three and half years ago, the situation was very different. During World War II, the home, like many others, was divided into apartments. It stayed that way until the Lorentis came along. Sharon admits it – she fell in love with the front porch and could not envision how to possibly put the house back together as a single family dwelling. Mark, on the other hand, knew it could be done. A friend was acquainted with a gentleman whose grandmother owned the home. Through old photos and general conversation, the Lorentis were able to ascertain the general layout of the home, so the work was begun. Of course, there were some adaptations for modern use, and the front staircase had to be almost entirely recreated, but in only three months, the apartments were gone and the home was again complete. The ten and a half foot ceilings, the heart pine floors, clawfoot tubs, and the mantels and pocket doors in the living room and dining room were some of the original features that were retained during the renovation. Whirlwind trips to antique shops were necessary to obtain lighting fixtures as all the originals had been removed. Take special notice of the bronze dining room chandelier. The most dramatic feature of the home is, undoubtedly, the incredibly spacious rooms that the Lorentis have filled with family antiques. Tour goers strolling through will be quite challenged to picture where individual apartments could have ever existed so complete is the restoration. Imagine. It all started with the beckoning of a porch. House Captain: Donna Burroughs (738-7304)

Flowers generously provided by Foxglove Flowers

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4. Summerville Cemetery

Johns and Cummings Roads

Occupying a full city-block, Summerville Cemetery was originally a neighborhood burial site for the families who had starting moving up to the Hill area in the late 1700s. In 1824, the land was conveyed to an incorporated Board of Trustees who operates it still as a private cemetery. The landscaping provides a tranquil setting for those buried there. Many of those interred are veterans of our wars, the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, and World Wars I and II. Others are prominent contributing citizens of the community including governors, Supreme Court Justices, authors and founders of churches to name a few. Summerville Cemetery serves as a most tangible relic of history. The monuments and tombstones are, of course, permanent documentation of names and dates. They also function as clues to genealogy and glimpses into the values of families, cultures and society of the time. Artist Donna Whaley has planned for tour goers to be able to make headstone rubbings, so you will be able to take a piece of Summerville history home with you. Hostesses: Donna Whaley (733-2788) Ginny Syke (738-7719)


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5. The home of Neal and Barbara Smith

1119 Milledge Road

Pirates weren’t the only people who buried treasure, and Neal and Barbara Smith surely never thought of themselves as fortune seekers. A foray into their home’s basement revealed a find that every Summerville home renovator would indeed call a treasure. The basement was full of particulars original to the home. Wrought iron light fixtures, antique porcelain tubs and toilets, faucets, tiles, and doors with original hardware were tucked away awaiting discovery. Now back in their rightful place, these items are the comfortable companions to architectural details such as the shell cabinet in the dining room, and the trey ceiling in the master bedroom (both firsts in the Augusta area). The surprises didn’t end there. The Smiths also discovered the home had a very colorful history. A local physician, who became very well known for his own private and very lucrative pharmaceutical dealings, owned the house in the 1970s. The time during the good doctor’s residence represents the home’s most dramatic and flamboyant period. There are lingering reminders. Three chandeliers from the original Partridge Inn served as payment for a gambling debt. The guest house (also open for tour), once an old gardener’s shed, sported a trap door to conceal ill-gotten cash, and then, there is the bullet hole in the foyer. A man demanding money shot an Augusta College professor in the hallway. Mistaken identity? Was the gunman really looking for the doctor? No one knows, but one thing is for certain, tour goers will enjoy the speculation, the gossip, and the beauty of this treasure of a home. House Captain: Judy Morris (863-3054)

Flowers generously donated by Naaiya’s

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6. The home of Stefanie E. Reed

1009 Meigs Street

Built in 1927, Fernwood Cottage is typical of the quaint homes lining the streets in England. Make no mistake, though. Although small, Fernwood Cottage will lull you instantly into the rich illusion that you have stepped into a British manor house. Decorated throughout in the theme of British campaign, the rich jewel tones showcased both in paint and upholstery evoke an opulence of times gone by. Ms. Reed has filled her home with lush antiques intermingled with new world accents, and some fun custom pieces that distract from the utilitarian role they play. All artwork is original, and some pieces were specifically commissioned. Ms. Reed collects religious art, so look for these beautiful and unusual pieces displayed throughout the home. Custom bedding, window treatments and shower curtain serve as modern interpretations of the traditional tapestry while providing the same warmth and richness as the latter. Do not, however, get the impression that you will be walking into an untouchable museum-like atmosphere. While Ms. Reed has had a definite plan, input regarding all decorating details has been reviewed during extensive family meetings. The three girls, Gertie, Millie, and Susie, (although Pekingese, they have an amazing knowledge of continental style) have expressed open opinions, and demand a certain level of comfort. A passionate gardener, Ms. Reed uses the garden room, formerly a back porch that was enclosed in the 1990s, as the perfect portal into her garden. As you exit Fernwood Cottage, please pause to relax in the garden, which will be open to the public for the first time. House Captain: Greta Hoerman (364-2227) 16

Flowers generously provided by Quiet Pond

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7. The home of John and Regina Garrard

1007 Meigs Street

How does one manage to have the best of both worlds? Is it truly possible to retain the atmosphere of 1936 Craftsman cottage while incorporating the modern amenities that have become necessity in the 21st century? Well, John and Regina Garrard have managed to combine the old with the new with amazing congruency. It was not effortless, however, to take the small two bedroom, one bath starter home and guide its evolution to a two story, 2,520 square foot abode. In a bold move, the entire back of the house was removed, and the original bath and kitchen relocated. In its place, one finds a spacious modern kitchen, a master suite, and an upstairs office. Although they took great measures to retain the historical details, the exposed eves and brackets, molding and trim (entire doors and door frames were painstakingly relocated), the Garrards made the conscious decision to make no apologies for the modern upgrade. Track and recessed lighting, granite counter tops, custom cabinetry, ironwork, and a custom leaded glass door blend easily with the older details by utilizing the same clean lines of the Craftsman style. The renovation also inspired redecoration, so the Garrards started fresh with all new furniture, transitional in style. The uncluttered furnishings, the neutral tones and the bright, open design of the renovation will leave tour goers wanting one just like it. Perhaps it is possible to have the best of both worlds. House Captain: Dana Duvall (737-5423)

Flowers generously provided by Weathers Flowers and Gifts

Celebrating SNA’s 25th Anniversary ~


8. The home of Dr. Miche and Mary Helen McDonough

1001 Hickman Road

Driving along Hickman Road, you might just miss this charming Tudor style home, so tucked away behind trees and hedges it is. If you spend even a moment in Hickman Park, however, you might just catch your breath as you glance up and mumble to yourself, “I never noticed that lovely home.” Miche and Mary Helen and children, Harrison and Charlotte, have only lived in the 1906 home for the last year and half. Much of their time, like good Summerville residents, has been spent in home improvement projects. New paint colors and window treatments are typical projects of the new homeowner, but when your house is almost 100 years old, nothing is simple. Crumbling plaster walls required repair, the oak floors all were refinished, and the kitchen was completely renovated. The work is paying off, though. The entire atmosphere of the home is warm and comfortable. The tour goer will be unable to resist a sense of contentment and relaxation. The family's bedrooms are all upstairs. Harrison’s room sports irresistible bright plaid bedspreads and window treatments, while Charlotte's room is every little girl’s fantasy, bright and feminine. An adjacent sleeping porch is used as a playroom and houses all manner of toys and activities (a parent's fantasy). The master suite contains a rare surprise. A fourth bedroom was closed off by a previous owner and completely converted to a walk in closet! Imagine. A Summerville home with plenty of closet space! As with all old homes, there are always more projects, and the McDonoughs have continuing plans, but maybe they can wait a bit. Maybe there is time to sip a cup of coffee, relax, watch the children playing in the park... House Captain: Regina Ray (667-8587)


Flowers generously provided by Charleston Street

Celebrating SNA’s 25th Anniversary ~






2002 Membership Form Please fill out and mail with check to: Membership, c/o 1104 Hickman Road, Augusta, GA 30904 Name (Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Mr. & Mrs.) ________________________________ List names of children in household ________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________ Phone __________________________________________________ 20

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We are celebrating BIG this year...floats, horses, bands and a special appearance by Chuck E. Cheese.


Thank You Summerville Tour Sponsors – Year 2001 PARTY & W EDDING P LANNER



Res.: (706) 738-4959

PATSY LEE BARAB, C.R.S., G.R.I. Life Member Circle of Excellence


STUDIO: 706-738-6706 HOME 706-736-6345 PAGER 706-732-6312

3519 Wheeler Road Augusta, Georgia 30909

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Anthony Brown,

491 Highland Avenue / Suite 2 / Surrey Center Augusta, Georgia 30909 / (706) 736-7793

DEL DAMIANO, Pres. 1526 Monte Sano Ave. Augusta, GA 30904 738-2362

Industrial Commercial Full Color Printing Typesetting Graphic Design

Serving the Augusta Area with Over 30 Years Experience

748 Greene Street • Augusta, Georgia 30901 (706) 724-3040

p o n d

Mon. - Sat. 10 AM - 6 PM 1423 Monte Sano Ave. Ph: 706.729.0220

ummerville Shutter Company P.O. Box 3781 • Augusta, GA 30914-3781

Wynn Interiors



Printing Co.

inspired homegoods & gardenware



Voice: 729-5275, Ext. 2061 Bus: (706) 736-3375 Fax: (706) 736-0703 E-Mail:


Your support has made our tour buses possible!

Pamela T. Wynn INC.

Allied Member, A.S.I.D. Commercial and Residential Design

P.O. Box 3102 Augusta, GA 30914

706-738-1070 706-737-8602

Natural Stone Ceramic Tile Granite Marble

1712 North Leg Court Augusta, GA 30909 (706) 738-3960

Mon.-Fri. 8:00 - 5:00 Sat. 8:00-12:00

Janie M. Toole

1015 Georgia Avenue North Augusta, SC 29841

Phone: (803) 278-4112 Toll-Free: (800) 507-8387 Fax: (803) 613-0743


DR. JUDSON S. HICKEY Periodontist 2315-B Central Ave. 739-0071 • Gum Treatment • Extractions • Saturday Appointments Including Cleanings

2045 Central Avenue Augusta, Georgia 30904 (706) 738-7422




ward and spires, l.l.c. attorneys at law Joseph E. Spires

706-667-0782 Pager 794-2247

1857 Central Avenue Augusta Ga. 30904

D. Clay Ward

445 Walker Street Augusta, Georgia 30901 TELEPHONE (706) 724-2640

FACSIMILE (706) 724-2642

From a Friend of Summerville

Park your Car and Ride the Bus. Please support our Local Advertisers.

Stop in to say thank you to these Tour supporters JOHN ALBERT IRONWORKS

• Disc Jockeys • Mixed Formats • Sounds & Lights

COPIERS • SERVICE • DIGITAL SOLUTIONS 1771 Central Ave. Augusta, GA 30904 • 733-0537

Michael S. Naomi Party Specialist


706-667-3939 Augusta, GA

Phone (706) 739-0336

Dot Holland


Surrey Center 489 Highland Ave. Augusta, GA 30909 (706) 736-3037


Office: 706-736-3375 Fax: 706-729-5282

3519 Wheeler Road • Augusta, GA 30909

Phone (706) 737-6465

A Two Step Above the Rest

Feminine Fashions for All Seasons & Occasions

Custom Area Rugs

Fax (706) 737-2948

Wool Carpets


Clinton E. Massey, MD, PC Diplomat American Board Neurological Surgery

2315C Central Ave. Augusta, GA 30904

Office Hours by Appointment

1432 Monte Sano Ave. Augusta, GA 30904 Serving Augusta Since 1932


Stewart Flanagin Pharmacist

2825 Washington Road Fairway Square Augusta, GA 30909

Ann Godbee Helms President (706) 738-9703 FAX (706) 738-6940

Serving the Greater Augusta Area With Quality Flowers and Guaranteed Service Since 1960

WEATHERS FLOWERS & GIFTS 2148 Central Avenue • Augusta, GA 30904

Surrey Center - Fountain Level 449 Highland Avenue Augusta, GA 30909 (706) 738-6298

David Pulling’s Shoes

LOUISE AND CLIFF WEATHERS (706) 733-6447 (800) 543-6283 FAX (706) 667-8262

Augusta (706) 737-4120

Aiken (803) 641-0144


Charles W. Rowell, IV attorney at law

Augusta Mall, next to Macy’s lower level

David & Carol Pulling

PLUMBING - HEATING - AIR CONDITIONING Larry Babbitt - President P.O. Box 3551 Augusta, Georgia 30904 Phone 733-0417

P.O. Box 2879 3602 wheeler road Augusta, GA 30904 augusta, ga 30909


Jeff C. Annis

telephone (706) 650-8872

SOHO 906 Heard Avenue • Augusta, Georgia 30904

738-8904 1-800-741-4560 Bill Templeton

Surrey Center 369 Highland Avenue 706.736.4310

Have you ordered your souvenir Julep Cup? See page 9.

Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Augusta, GA Permit No. 346

Summerville Neighborhood Association P.O. Box 12212 Augusta, GA 30904

TOUR WEEKEND, 2001 – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS We have a lot of fun activities planned for Tour weekend. There is something for every age!


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