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Judge C. Ashley Gore

Tour is 1:00 to 4:00 pm and 5:00 to 6:30pm, November 1, 2019
Tickets may be purchased at the Pecan Festival Office located in the Vineland Depot downtown Whiteville, NC. The office will be open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. Tickets can also be reserved by calling the Pecan Festival Office at 910-840-7123 or Suzanne King at 910-642-9732. Tickets are $10 for the Tour of Homes. Tickets will be available for the Tour at the Reuben Brown House on Festival day.
Ezzell home
The Ezzell Home
204 East College Street

The Ezzell Home was built about 1950 for Lee Braxton and family. He was a former Mayor of Whiteville, and moved to Tulsa Oklahoma to work for the Oral Roberts Ministry. Dr. Hoskins and his wife bought the house and later bequeathed it in their estate to Southeastern Community College.
It was sold and remodeled and had three other owners before Jerry and Michelle Ezzell bought the house in 2011. The inground pool was added around 2000. It was featured in the Fall/Winter 954 magazine in 2017 showcasing the Christmas season. The Ezzell's have had many requests to see the house at Christmas time, so they have agreed to decorate for The Christmas Season "a little early" for this years Pecan Harvest Festival Home Tour.

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The Wooten Home
211 Toon Street

Built in 1964, this colonial style house has been home to many families who have each added a piece of their own unique flair to the current decor. We, the Wooten's ~~ George, Stephanie, Grace Ann, and Gus, have called Toon Street home for more than five years. Much of our time, however, has been spent out of the home while it has undergone remodeling and reconstruction. All of the initial intimate decorating details that were once complete have taken a backseat as our focus has been on our children. The love of art, color, and design (and George would say accent pillows) are seen in this work in progress! We are so delighted to be able to host one of the lovely 2019 Pecan Belles and her dapper escort from Camden Military Academy especially since our daughter Grace Ann was a 2017 Pecan Belle. Welcome to our home!

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The Reuben Brown House
128 East Columbus Street

On display during the 2019 Pecan Harvest Festival Home Tour at the historic Reuben Brown House will be the work of local award winning photographer Doug Sasser. Sasser's images, featuring rich colors and sense of place, include landscapes, wildlife and the people and traditions of our region and the South. The exhibition will be open at the Reuben Brown House from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Friday, November 1, 2019.
The Reuben Brown House, circa 1830's, is preserved and maintained by the Reuben Brown House Preservation Society, a county-wide non-profit organization. The group's objectives are to encourage the preservation and usage of historic buildings and sites across Columbus County and to encourage fine arts also throughout the County. The Reuben Brown House Preservation Society sponsors the Columbus County Historic Landmark Plaque Program, the Archie Ammons Poetry Contest and other events throughout the year. More information can be found at Start your Tour of Homes at the Reuben Brown House and you can purchase your ticket for the entire tour.
Capps home
The Capps Home
403 North Madison Street

The gracious and charming raised white Cape Cod, nestled among a pecan grove on the corner of Madison and College Street, was designed and constructed by Dr. Leman Wilson Baggette and his wife, Carrie Butler Baggette in 1933. The Cape Cod was original to New England in the early 1800s. In the 1930s, the Cape Cod crchitectural design wcs revived In greater numbers than ever. Although mostly displayed in our northern states, 403 North Madison is a beautiful example of this architectural style home. It stands 3 stories high with an extremely steep roof, gabled sides, a centered chimney, and clapboard siding.
The house has been a welcoming home to only a few families over the course of eighty six years. The current owner, Melanie Capps, has a love of historical homes and enjoys the process of restoring them to their former glory. It is a labor of love for her and a hobby in which she finds much joy and satisfaction within the entire process.
The exterior's timeless design has required very little updating. The true evolution has come from within the home. Ms. Capps highlights the original craftsmanship with combining the use of shiplap throughout several rooms on the first floor. You are greeted with a light color palette, as your enter the living room, which reflects Ms. Capps love of the coastal regions of the Carolinas. The incorporation of a thoughtful mix of sentimental heirlooms, as well as "pops" of modern touches, and beautiful art are displayed throughout the home. The home boasts comfortable gathering spaces filled with natural light from the oversized custom windows. The rest of the home from the living areas to the bedrooms continues this eclectic mix of old and new. Ms. Capps creates a space that is not only functional, but beautiful. Although the renovation process and furnishing of the home is not complete, 403 North Madison is a home you certainly want to visit!

Munroe home
The Munroe Estate
706 Evergreen Street

This beautiful 5,000 square feet home was built in the 1970s by Dr. John and Sylvia Munroe. It's a Colonial-style home with six prominent columns on the front. The home has five bedrooms, five and a half baths, a large family room with a stone fireplace, a formal living room with a marble fireplace, a pool room, a large kitchen and private study. The home has entertained many Whiteville residents through the years at many trendy cocktail parties thrown by Dr. and Mrs. Munroe. The home sits on 15 acres of private land that's surrounded by metal and wood fencing as well as large cedar trees. Dr. and Mrs. Munroe's four children, John, Walter, Alex and Grace Ann, had plenty of room to entertain friends who were almost constantly at the home riding motorcycles, playing soccer, basketball or tennis. In 2017, after his parents' passing, Alex Munroe purchased the home from his siblings and completely refurbished the home's exterior and interior. The home is decorated with beautiful artwork by local artists Gaye Fisher and Martha Burns as well as select pieces by Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Henri Matisse and famous Woodstock photographer, Henry Diltz. Munroe's favorite painting in the house, however, is a pink stencil sketch of a young woman sitting in a champagne glass drawn by his mother, entitled, "Pink Champagne." The property's grounds are still undergoing upgrades with the additions of a boat storage house and rose gardens scheduled for 2020.

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Columbus County Arts Council
822 South Madison Street

The Arts Council will be open 1:00 to 4:00 pm during the home tour.


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