This year the Hardeman County Chapter of APTA will conduct its annual historic home tour on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4. The theme this year is “Places in Time ~ 1824-2011.” It will commemorate Bolivar’s 150th anniversary of the burning of the Courthouse and the departure of General Samuel D. Sturgis’ Union forces by displaying the grand Hardeman County Courthouse (rebuilt in 1868). Characters in costume will perform dramas throughout the two day tour. The Little Courthouse Museum, (1824) the original courthouse now a county museum will be on tour. At Magnolia Manor, (1849) the home of Judge Austin Miller and Headquarters for the Union Army by Generals Logan, McPherson, Sherman, and Grant, guests will be greeted by General Grant, himself. Troop encampments will be located at The Pillars, (1828) where folks like Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and President Polk visited. At Polk Cemetery (1845) residents from the past will tell of their days in Hardeman County. The “original owners” of McNeal Place (circa 1862) will greet guests and tell them about their Tuscan-style villa noted for its exquisite Spanish ironwork and their daughter. Visit the wounded soldiers at The Columns (1860). Tour guests will learn how the sale of Confederate General Otho F. Strahl’s horse paid for stain glass windows at the St. James Episcopal Church (1869). Lunch will be available for purchase at Ingram Hall. Now for 2011, the “NEW” Maxwell-Bertin House is the latest jewel in the collection. Designed by James Stevens, it is a beautiful spacious home. A must see! This is the first showing of the home to the public. You can buy your tickets via PayPal online on the APTA chapter’s website: http:// thepillars.org/ or locally at The Chamber of Commerce or The Gallery on the Square in Bolivar, Tennessee. Tickets will be sold at the Hardeman County Courthouse during the two (2) day event.
May 3, 2014 - May 4, 2014
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