House and Garden Tour set for June 2

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By Corey Woolsey

For many people, their home is their sanctuary, a place they can relax and get away from the world.

A few brave souls in Mount Vernon are opening up those sanctuaries to the public for the Posey County Women’s Fund House and Garden Tour on June 2.

The tour will be from noon to 5 p.m., with the exception of the tours of St. Matthew’s Church, which will end at 4:30 p.m.

Four houses wil be featured on the tour, the Branam Home at 723 Mulberry St., the Nelson Home at 310 E. Third St., the Blunt-Glueckert Home at 623 Mulberry St., the Collier-Smith Home at 319 E. Third St. and St. Matthew’s Church at 421 Mulberry St.

This is the fourth year for the house tour, which originally began as more of a garden tour, with just one house. The group is running the tours every other year now.

The Posey County Wonen’s Fund uses the money raised during the tour to help people in Posey County. The group also donates to Holly’s House and other non-profit groups that help those in need in Posey County.

For the homes on the tour, many have unique fixtures and features that stand out to those who see them.

The houses at 623 Mulberry and 723 Mulberry each feature unique doorbells. The 623 house’s doorbell is an old turn style that rangs a belll that can be heard through the house. At 723 Mulberry, the push of the button rings a very sharp ringing bell.

The Nelson Home at 310 East Third is unique with a floor made of eight varieties of wood.

But outside is the really special area, which features a spectaular garden area for a small city lot.

The area features brick pathways, a pizza oven, three sitting areas, raised garden beds and many other special features.

Most of the homes feature original woodwork and other details that demonstrate lost craftsmanship.

Advanced tickets are $15 for the tour and $20 the day of the event.

Advanced tickets are available at Hasting’s Plant Sales, McKim’s IGA, Mount Vernon Flower Shop, Bliss Artisan, Consign to Design and green Duck Hair Salon in Mount Vernon, Golden Rose, Sara’s Harmony Way and The Mews in New Harmony, Guilty Pleasures and J.L. Hirsch Department Store in Poseyville and Barton Automotive in Wadesville.