Marshall's octagon house, built in 1856, will be presented on this year's home tour as under restoration.
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13, 2015
Cost: Ticket prices are $17 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, and $20 from Sept. 8 through Sept. 13.
If the annual Marshall Historic Home Tour were a deck of cards, the deck would now be complete. Jeff Greene, general chairman for the 52nd annual event, is calling this year’s edition of Michigan longest-running home tour a “Big Deal.”
“The cards have fallen into place very nicely as this year’s tour will show seven residences including Marshall’s octagon house and tour favorite Oakhill,” he said. The tour will be Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12-13. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
In all 24 building will be on the tour. They are the seven residences, eight museums, a church, three commercial buildings and five buildings at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds.
Greene is excited about the home tour lineup for several reasons. The octagon house, which will be presented as under restoration, hasn’t been on the tour since 2003. Only approximately 500 such homes remain in the U.S. including just over 100 in Michigan. The style was promoted in the mid-1800s as providing more efficient living. Built in 1856, it is one of three 1850s houses on the tour.
Oakhill, a hilltop Italianate-style home built in 1858, will be the setting for special entertainment acts during the tour as well as refreshments. Also on the tour will be the 1835 National House Inn, the first and oldest brick building in Calhoun County. Two of homes will be on the tour for the first time and another hasn’t been on the tour since 1967.
There will be free parking downtown and at the fairgrounds. There also will be free shuttle buses.
The Marshall Historic Home Tour began in 1964 as an outgrowth of kitchen tours begun by a local church. The tour has grown into a Midwest tradition. The Marshall Historical Society uses home tour proceeds to operate and maintain its three museums. The mission of the society is to preserve, protect and promote Marshall’s historic heritage.