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November 30, 2013

Burnside Holiday Home Tour next weekend

Somerset —

One of the oldest and most unique houses in Pulaski County, pictured above, will be included on this year’s Holiday Home Tour, an event that’s becoming a favorite tradition this time of year in Pulaski County.
Sponsored by the Burnside Women’s Civic Club, the annual Holiday Home Tour has been going on for around 40 years now, and has expanded beyond Burnside’s boundaries.
For $10, tourgoers can visit six different houses on the route and take in the beautiful festive decorations both outside and inside, taking a peek behind the doors of these lovely domiciles.
“We have an selection, going from the more modern homes to older homes,” said Vivian Sullivan, the Civic Club’s president. “... It’s a beautiful display this year.”
The homes on the tour include those of:
Phyllis Branham, at 375 HiddenCrest Drive, South Ridge Subdivision;
Donald and Janet Hevener, across from Lakeshore Pharmacy in Burnside on Lakeshore Drive;
Jeff and Tammy Hoehler, at 132 Graysons Way, Shadow Oak Subdivision;
Russell and Michelle Jones, at 163 West French Avenue in Burnside;
Ron and Kathy Prichard, 305 Old Monticello Road;
Wanda Worley, 475 West Lakeshore Drive, overlooking Burnside Marina.
The Prichard home is one that tour organizers expect that participants will find particularly unique. An ante-bellum mansion, built c. 1820 by Dr. Samuel Owens, it was used as a hospital in the Civil War after Owens enlisted. General Ambrose Burnside (from whom the town gets its name) utilized the location during the war, as did General Felix Zollicoffer, known for his role in the Battle of Mill Springs.
According to the house’s owners, the uncle of beloved America author Mark Twain owned the house at one time, and Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Clemens) himself came here to grieve following the death of his father as a young boy. The house has been used as a post office, a speakeasy, a brothel, and as the old Prather farm over its lifespan, making it a one-of-a-kind piece of Pulaski County history.

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