2013 Gems of South Orange House Tour: Press Release

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House on the tour

Tour seven stately S.O. homes

Gems of South Orange, May 18

The South Orange Historical and Preservation Society will hold its bi-annual "Gems of South Orange" house tour on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour includes seven houses in neighborhoods throughout South Orange, except for Montrose Park Historic District, where a separate tour is held in years between the Gems tours. Tour houses are selected on the basis of architectural interest, landscaping and significance to specific eras in Village history. The houses can be visited in any order and jitney service will be available for those who prefer not to drive. Food vendors, musicians and artists will appear at the various sites to add interest to the day.

The 2011 Gems tour attracted more than 350 people and organizers are expecting a similar crowd this year. Tickets are on sale now at www.sohps.org, but details about the houses and their locations will not be released until the day of the tour. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on tour day. Tour participants can pick up their tickets on event day at The South Orange Performing Arts Center, this year’s launch spot. Brochures and maps will be given out with the tickets starting at 10:30 a.m.

House on the tour