Friday, May 3, 2013

Southampton Historical Museum's Annual House Tour is Coming Up!

Lots of organizations in the Hamptons host house tours during the season, and they are all great. But this one is wildly popular, always has terrific homes, and of course, it's for a very worthy cause. I am a big fan of the Southampton Historical Museum! (Their archives collection is priceless!)

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, participants in the “4th Annual Tour of Southampton Homes: An Insider’s View” will have the opportunity to experience a half dozen extraordinary houses that illustrate Southampton’s unique architectural history - from Colonial times to the present.

This year’s tour boasts a quintessential Queen Anne located on one of Southampton’s most picturesque Village streets, a turn-of-the-century architectural treasure featuring a turreted tower, an immense porch and widow’s walk. Among the highlights are a farmhouse built for the Post family sometime before 1858, and a handsome European- style home featuring stylish interiors assembled with flair and confidence. No tour of Southampton homes would be complete without a renovated whaling captain’s retreat. In addition, Saint Andrew’s Dune Church and the Thomas Halsey House (built in 1662) will be open. The 1708 House (built in 1651 and enlarged several times) will provide refreshments and a tour of its facility from 12:30 to 3:00 pm.

The “Insider’s View” takes place from 1:00 to 4:30 pm on Saturday May 11th, and is followed by a Champagne Reception and Art Exhibit Preview at the Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Tickets are $75 in advance or $90 the day of the tour. It’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Wouldn't tickets make a great Mother’s Day gift?

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Rogers Mansion’s Museum Shop, 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton, by calling (631) 283-2494 or going online to  Tickets will be available for pick-up on Tuesday, May 7 through Friday, May 10 at the Rogers Mansion. On Saturday, May 11 - the day of the tour - tickets can be picked-up or purchased at the Thomas Halsey House, 249 South Main Street, Southampton. Proceeds from this event benefit the Southampton Historical Museum's educational programs.

Fingers crossed for great weather!