Genoa homes open to guided tour on Sunday |

Genoa homes open to guided tour on Sunday

Martha Williams
Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune Visitors will have an opportunity to tour historic homes and gardens as well as taste wine at the June 6 Genoa Home & Garden Tour.

If exploring a bit of history is your game, or maybe you just want to find out what those pesky deer won’t eat, then the Genoa Home & Garden Tour is the place for you from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This year’s lineup will include wine tasting at The Tahoe Ridge Winery with a guided tour of the proposed vineyard at the historic Van Sickle Station. Be sure to check the times of the guided portion of the tour as well as the talk by expert gardener Judy Thomas of Carson Valley Garden & Ranch Supply. Her topic will be “Gardening in Nevada and Deer-resistant Plants.” As always, questions will be welcome.

A few of the houses you can expect to tour will be the Pratt House, Carissa Mott Fettic House, Dake House and the Williams House. Each of the homes will have a guide at the door to answer any questions. Some of the points of interest you will see during the day will be a New Orleans-style garden, Gilles’ Menagerie, an old barn with the historic Senator Haines door inside, a three-hole outhouse and one of Nevada’s tallest white oak trees. One of the locations is the perfect site to view eagles and hawks, which can be seen almost every afternoon. Each place has a unique story to tell.

Also on the tour is the Genoa Cemetery, with the gravesites marked of the people who built the houses that are on tour. While the supply lasts, a free Genoa Carson Valley book will be given to ticket holders who tour the cemetery. The books were donated by Nancy Miluck.

Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased at the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Carson Valley Garden & Ranch Supply, and The Tahoe Ridge Winery and Antiques Plus, both in Genoa. You also can send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Martha Williams, P.O. Box 89, Genoa, NV 89411. Tickets will be limited to 250. For more information call (775) 782-4951.

This year’s proceed will benefit in part the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, whose next concert will be July 3 in Minden Park.

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