Chapel Hill will never lack for wonderful, old historic homes – the kind you drive or walk by on Rosemary Street and Franklin Street and LONG to get just a brief glimpse inside. Every year the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill through their Holiday House Tour gives us that chance to get inside our town’s historic homes – each with a fascinating story to tell.
Every year a different neighborhood is selected and this year's annual Holiday House Tour will highlight the Greenwood neighborhood, a planned community based on the vision of one of North Carolina's most celebrated literary figures, Paul Green.
From the Preservation Society’s website:
Greenwood is named for Paul Green, who purchased over 200 acres of wooded land near Chapel Hill starting in 1933. By this time he was becoming a successful Hollywood screenwriter and Pulitzer Prize winning author.He hoped to build a dream home on the land with his wife, Elizabeth, and found a community where artists and academics could live in close contact with nature. Greenwood Road was the development’s original road, built along the natural contours of the landscape, and the 5-acre lots were mapped out to provide the most privacy and the best views. The Greens placed a Declaration of Restrictive and Protective Covenants on the development to guide the construction of homes according to their vision for the community. These covenants limited construction of buildings to be single-family homes, regulated the types and numbers of livestock, and emphasized the importance of building according to the landscape. His goal was to make the lots affordable to young artists and scholars, those whose creativity contributed to the richness of life but resulted in a life of modest means, so he sold the lots for about $250 per acre in the 1940s.
The tour includes eight historic homes as well as a 19th century, historic African-American cemetery. This year's tour will be held on December 10 & 11, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket are $25 in advance and $30 weekend of the event. To purchase advanced tickets via PayPal, please click here.
For more information visitwww.chapelhillpreservation.com.