Historic Home Tour invites public to explore Park City’s heritage
Event will be held Saturday in Old Town
June 20, 2017
Earlier this year, The Park City Historical Society and Park City Museum documented 500 historic buildings in the area.
"[To do so], we put ribbons on every single home, garage, outhouse and mining structure in town," Park City Museum Executive Director Sandra Morrison said. "This year, the ribbons are bright pink, purple and black. So you can't miss them."
The museum and historical society does this to recognize Park City's history.
Another way the nonprofit preserves, protects and promotes the local heritage is the annual Historic Home Tour.
"As part of our mission, we love to offer the opportunity for locals and visitors to peek inside these homes and see what life was like 100 years ago and how people live in these small and modest homes today," Morrison said.
This year's event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, and will include nine homes that are located on Woodside and Norfolk Avenues in Old Town, Morrison said.
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"The tour starts at the Town Lift Plaza where people will walk across the bridge and that will get them to Woodside Avenue," she said. "We will feature homes from Eighth Street to 11th Street, which is two blocks down."
The tour will circle back on Norfolk Avenue.
"People can take as long as they want, as long as they wrap up at 3 p.m.," Morrison said. "Most people spend an hour to two hours in the homes."
This year marks the 20th Historic Home Tour.
"Obviously, the historic homes in Old Town embodies Park City's history," Morrison said. "They were built during the mining era and all hold some really fascinating stories about the residents who have lived there. Some of the insides are very modern. Some of them have the original finishes."
This year, the tour includes a home that hasn't been fully restored.
"The contactor will be on site and people will be able to ask questions about what it takes to restore a historic home," Morrison said.
The other homes will feature either the homeowners or Park City volunteers who will be on site to answer any questions.
"We have 50 to 60 volunteers that help us with this tour and we are so grateful to them," Morrison said.
The museum assigns homes to the volunteers.
"We like to have at least two people per home, depending on the size of the home," Morrison said. "We provide them with a lot of historic information about the homes and ask the homeowners if they have any stories they want the volunteers to share."
The museum holds training sessions, but sometimes the volunteers will do their own additional research to find other stories about the homes..
"Their dedication amazes me," Morrison said. "Of course, we don't make them work the whole tour. They can take a break and go on the tour themselves."
The museum also hosts a volunteer and homeowner appreciation party at Fletchers.
"We are grateful for Fletchers for their support of the tour," Morrison said.
Morrison and the museum board select the homes by asking the homeowners.
"Getting homes ready for his tour takes a lot of work, but homeowners who agree to be on the tour take tremendous pride in it," she said. "I've had homeowners already telling me that they've been out landscaping, touching up the paint and cleaning their homes for the tour. It kind of gives them a deadline to get those chores done."
Tickets for the home tour are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at http://www.parkcityhistory.org.
"We are also selling them at the Park City Museum," Morrison said. "We will also sell them the day of the tour at our headquarter kiosk at the Town Lift Plaza."
People can buy a museum membership at any time and get a discount for the tour.
"We love our members," Morrison said. "They are the heart and soul of our organization. They add stability to everything we do. And they get invitations to all of our upcoming events."
The Historic Home Tour is one of Morrison's favorite events.
"It's perfect for Park City," she said. "People can get outside, get some exercise and see inside homes that we don't generally get to see."
Park City Historical Society and the Park City Museum will present its annual Historic Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. For information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.parkcityhistory.org.