Monday, May 31, 2010

A Porch Tour ~ Art Stroll

Come join me on a walking tour of downtown historic Wilson, NC.

Saturday was the "Porches of Old Wilson Art Stroll".

A little a bit of history, a little bit of art.

We had a nice lunch downtown and then walked over to Green Street.

This charming house below was not on the tour but I love the purple porch, don't you?

Cottages along the way.

This is the Joseph J. Best House, below, (former Catholic rectory) on Bragg Street, built between 1920 and 1922. It has a pressed tin hipped roof with front and side gable dormers. A beautiful front door and a wrap-around porch.

The Wilson artists displayed their work on all the porches.

Below is the Will Gardner House also on Bragg Street. This wood shingled home was constructed as a one-story house before 1913 and was raised to two stories circa 1925. Tuscan columns support the front porch which features a central entrance surrounded by a transom and sidelights.

The JC Brown House on Gray Street (below) is a prairie style bungalow circa 1910.

One of only a few entirely stuccoed bungalows in Wilson is the Dr. Oscar Hooks House on Whitehead Avenue. Circa 1915. A beautiful wrap-around porch where French doors open onto an uncovered terrace.

Artwork by some of the Wilson artists.

These are only a few of the homes that were on the tour.

It was a beautiful day for a stroll in downtown Wilson and we hope to do it again next year.

We then walked home, where we enjoyed a nice cold glass of iced tea on our porch.

Hope you enjoyed the porch tour of a little bit of history and a little bit of art.


Mimi Sue said...

Looks like so much fun. Love that old neighborhood. Looks kind of like where we live. Mimi

Trish said...

I came across your blog and like a lot of the same things as you. We also lived in Lancaster county years ago and moved west. Love your artwork. Your little dogs are adorable with such cute names. My blog is "celebrate imperfection" come visit sometime.

Butterfly Works said...

Boy, did your pictures bring back memories of living in Wilson......there are many beautiful old homes there and Wilson was a glem in it's glory days during the tobacco boom......a neat place to live.....thanks for the memories...
Hugs and Blessings

Deb {Posted From} Home said...

What a beautiful tour - I love anything like this :-) Art work and older homes with so much character - just perfect.

Donna said...

Wonderful photos! I use to live in a house JUST LIKE the one with the maroon porch!! Carbon copy Except Our porch was painted green...Thanks for the memory sweetie!

Kerrie said...

This was sure fun, only could have been better if I were walking there myself.

Sherri said...

Oh what fun! Downtown Wilson looks so nice. Love the porches! Glad you enjoyed your porch and some tea!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What fun! A porch we could have one of those (no cleaning required inside!!) Was there a charge for tickets for this? What a darling idea :) Thanks for inviting us along!!

Zuzana said...

Your porch is a lovely tranquil place..
Seeing all your pictures here reminds me so much of NC.;)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Loved the porch tour! Yes, the purple porch is darling -- too bad it wasn't on the tour!

I love the idea of displaying the art on the porches; a great blend.

And your little dogs are just incredibly cute; I love their expressions, looking up at you in their picture. Give them a couple of snuggles from me!