The Hikers Club of Tuftonboro is announcing an August House and Garden Tour on Thursday, August 19 from 10am to 4pm. Five homes and one garden will be offered for the price of $25, with all proceeds benefiting the Hikers Scholarship Program, a local Tuftonboro organization started in 1930 for the purposes of scholarship, hospitality and service. In the early years members “hiked” to their meetings at various members’ homes because of a lack of other transportation. Bi-monthly meetings, now held at the Willing Workers Hall in Melvin Village, alternate between business meetings and program meetings with local organization leaders speaking on topics of general interest. Fundraising activities over the years include food and rummage sales, an annual Easter breakfast, bridge parties, Castle in the Clouds Spring Scholarship Luncheon, and the House and Garden Tour.
House #1 was designed by local architect, Vaune Dugan, and built by Wood & Clay. This is a home with two personalities — a traditional cape facing the driveway, and a three-story wide porch New Englander facing the Broads with panoramic views across Lake Winnipesaukee. The home is beautifully decorated with antiques inherited and collected over the years, with numerous items of interest from Japan and China. Lovely gardens around the house are the owner’s interest and passion.
House #2 is an elegant 1804 antique cape overlooking broad meadows with a magnificent view of Mt. Shaw, Castle in the Clouds, and the Ossipee Mountains. The house has been totally refurbished with an open concept living area featuring, a fireplace off the kitchen and a four-season sunroom, all facing these beautiful and expansive vistas. The upstairs rooms have also been completely restored.
House #3 Overlooking Twenty-Mile Bay is the impressive Lincoln Log home designed by the owners. Built in 2005, the exterior blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings, but within its walls is a delightful eclectic blend of both the Victorian and Arts and Crafts eras. Each of the rooms features exquisite and unusual finds from auctions and flea markets; a valuable trove of antique treasures from Remington statuary and stained-glass lamp shades to a 1929 Runabout and Wallace Nutting paintings. In the first-floor entertainment room look for the whimsical additions of an actual shoe-shine stand, a telephone booth and a soda fountain. The grounds are a showcase of perennial plantings and herbs, and are not to be missed.
House #4 is a lake house built by Wood & Clay in 2000 on the foundation of an old summer home. William Sloan, architect, of Winchester, Massachusetts designed the home to resemble an old Adirondack-style cottage with the conveniences and interior to reflect today’s lifestyle. The flooring of the lower two levels is 100 year old maple reclaimed mill flooring complete with machinery oil stains. The lighting fixtures in the stair wells and lower level once lit camp bungalows. Throughout the house are space expanding ideas from a hidden shower in the powder room to Pullman berth-style bunk beds in the two guest bedrooms, and a Murphy bed in the sewing room. “Mrs Hannigan’s Orphanage” occupies the upper level of the garage to sleep grandchildren when they visit. Camp Woodlarco (woods, lakes, rocks) can be cozy for two, yet comfortable enough to accommodate up to 16.
House #5 is a beautifully restored home in the heart of Melvin Village. It was once the site of a general store and at times a post office. Today it houses a distinctive collection of 19th century White Mountain Art, antique music boxes, Tiffany lamps, and a 1955 “Silver Dawn” Rolls Royce once owned by Glen Campbell. A visit to the lush, ever-blooming gardens of this Melvin Village treasure gives an opportunity to formulate new gardening ideas or to simply delight in walking through a beautiful setting. Included in this garden are many varieties of heucheras, hostas, and unique hypratufa containers. The gardening homeowner takes pride in her many collections of “minis”, especially miniature conifers. Stroll through the perennial paths and see the charming, colorful rock gardens scattered throughout.
All houses are located in Tuftonboro, and include waterfront, mountain-view, restored period homes and a Melvin Village Garden. Tickets are available for the adult public after July 14, at Blacks in Wolfeboro, the Tuftonboro General Store, Spiderweb Gardens in Tuftonboro, Geeze Louise and The Hair Place in Melvin Village, and Skelly’s Market and the Ridgewood Country Club in Moultonboro, For further information contact Peg at 544-2265.