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Historic Treasures of Covington - Bicentennial Home Tour - April 27

As part of the City of Covington’s Bicentennial Celebration, the Covington Bicentennial Committee will host Historic Treasures of Covington, a tour of some of Covington’s historic homes, on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a historical presentation by architectural historian Sally K. Reeves, which will take place at Christ Episcopal Church Reception Hall, 120 S. New Hampshire Street in Covington. Reeves serves as Orleans Parish archivist and the past president of the Louisiana Historical Society. The presentation will be free and open to the public. Immediately following the presentation, a light lunch will be available for purchase.

The historic home tour will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tour includes ten homes on elegant tree-lined neighborhood along S. America, New Hampshire and Vermont streets. The tour is walkable, however a tram will be available for those who would like to use it.  Attendees should note that many of the old historic homes have steep entrance and exit steps.

Tickets for the home tour may be purchased at the Christ Episcopal Reception Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, and include the home tour and a keepsake booklet which contains original pen-and-ink sketches by prominent local artist Suzanne King.  Some of the homes will provide wine and will feature works by local artists. The tour will conclude with music and a wine reception at the last home on the route.

One home on the tour that is of particular interest to history buffs is the Mackie Home. This property once belonged to  Covington's founder John Wharton Collins. The current residents, Jim and Valerie Thibaut, enjoy the oak-shaded verandas.  

Another historical treasure is the Barrelli-Chapman home, built in the1800s in the Louisiana Plantation style. The current owners, Walter “Chip” and Ella Flower, have ensured the continual preservation of this beautiful home.

The lavish Mayer-Israel home, owned by Mrs. Mitty Terral, showcases beautiful gardens on the banks of the Bogue Falaya River. 

The historic Judge Lancaster home, currently owned by J.O. and Nan Sanders, has recently been featured by one of Lancaster's great grandson's, Chris Garcia, in his book entitled Now and Always:  A Louisiana Love Story.

According to Sue Brunning Osbon, Home Tour Committee Chair, the tour will showcase Covington's historic architectural treasures and unique past.  Other committee members include Sharon Snider Nunez and Mary Pratt Percy Lobdell.  Proceeds from the tour will help support the cultural, historical and educational endeavors of the 200-year-old community.