LOUISBURG — Step back in time and join the seventh biennial Franklin County Historic Homes and Gardens Tour Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday April 19, 1 - 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Person Place Preservation Society. Twelve special historic gems are on the tour and will give participants a glimpse of life as it was in the past.
Franklin County and Louisburg, its county seat, were established in 1779, in the midst of the American Revolution. Early settlers took advantage of the county’s abundant creeks and fertile soil, which was well suited to the production of tobacco, cotton, corn and timber. Louisburg developed as a bustling center of trade for local farmers and merchants.
The establishment of Franklin Male Academy (1787) and Louisburg Female College (1857) reflected local interest in education. The history of the Person Place is closely linked to that of Louisburg College.
This year’s tour includes four plantations that had vast holdings of land, including two which were associated with grist mills. In addition, seven houses and a church in Louisburg illustrate the rich history and architecture of the town. One home, Green Hill, is the site of the first annual meeting of the Methodist Church in America.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 the day of the tour. Children 12 and under are free.
Advance tickets are available at:
•Louisburg — The Coffee Hound Bookshop
•Wake Forest — The Cotton Company
•Wendell — Designs By Donna Florist
Warrenton — Oakley Hall Antiques
Tickets will be available at the Person Place on tour days. No credit cards. Cash or checks made to PPPS.
For more information, see personplace.org.