Carson historic homes offered on garden tour
The fifth annual Carson City Historic Homes Garden Tour is a trip through the past that features looks at select Victorian homes, secret gardens and homespun quilts. The event will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. June 23.
Admission includes a map of the tour and is $12 for adults 18 and older, $10 for young adults 13 to 17 and seniors 65 and older, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. Tickets are available in advance at the Carson City Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1900 South Carson St. and the Bookcellars, 1202 North Carson St. They will be available the day of the event at the Roberts House, 1207 North Carson St.
The tour is approximately one mile along level terrain and is accessible for pedestrians. Drivers are welcome to park near the various stops and walk to the mansions. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the entertainment and purchase refreshments along the tour. Afterwards, they are encouraged to visit the Cloth Cottage, another Victorian home along Curry Street, where many of the quilts are made.
Carson City, a town proud of celebrating its present by observing its past, will incorporate genteel homes along its historic Kit Carson Trail, the largest historic homes district in the West. Some of the Victorians will open to public tours for the first time in years, including the Bliss Mansion, Adams House, Belknap Home and the Krebs-Petersen House, home of the John Wayne’s last movie, “The Shootist.” The Myers-Olcovich home and the Roberts House are also stops that feature garden tours as well as displays of old fashioned quilts. The Carson Valley Quilting Club will display more than 100 patch, crazy and wall hanging quilts at stops along the tour.
Docents will be at each of the homes providing detailed information, fact, fiction, folklore and historical anecdotes of the properties. Included will be interesting characteristics of Victorian architecture and the meticulous landscaping. The stories behind the buildings, which date to the mid- or late-1800s, paint an intriguing picture of what life was like in Carson City before the turn of the century.
The Roberts House, built in 1859, is the oldest on the tour and an example of Gothic Revival architecture. Built by James D. Roberts in Washoe City in 1859, it was moved to Carson City in 1873 on a Virginia & Truckee Railroad flat car. The most recent residents of the Roberts House, Thurman and Hattie Hale Roberts, bequeathed the home to Carson City in 1969. Thurman, son of the builder, was a miner and an employee of the Carson and Colorado Railroad. Hattie was a descendant of Nathan O. Hale, one of the country’s founding fathers and a soldier in the Revolutionary War who was executed by the British in 1776. When Carson City received the home, Nathan Hale’s official commission signed by George Washington was still hanging on the wall.
The tour benefits the Nevada Landmarks Society, a group dedicated to preserving Nevada history.
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