A tour of history
By Julie Snyder
October 4, 2013
MOUNT CLEMENS — The Mount Clemens Historical Commission is holding its 19th annual Historic Homes Tour on Oct. 12, and those planning to attend should expect more than a few surprises.
One of the co-chairs of this year’s tour, Joan Foglyano, said the four residential homes featured on this year’s tour are some of the oldest in the city. And the historic commercial building that attendees will be able to tour is a popular destination that only recently underwent some significant improvements.
“The four houses on tour this year have never been seen on our tour before,” said Foglyano. “I believe those who attend our Historic Homes Tour this year will be very happy with the houses we have selected.”
Members of the Historical Commission asked that the specific addresses of the homes on the tour and the names of the business be kept a surprise until the day of the event.
One resident of a historic home on Wilson said she hopes visitors like what they see inside and outside of her house, specifically after the years of work she’s put into the three-story home to improve its appearance while striving to keep its original look.
“This home was built in 1899, and a lot of different people resided here over the years,” said the homeowner. “It’s unique. And it has a very interesting, old basement. You can see the original 12-by-12 virgin wood timbers. I really tried to keep as much history of the house as I could.”
Two homes on Wilson are featured on the tour, as well as one on Lincoln and one on Hubbard. The commercial building is located in the city’s downtown area.
The tours begin at 9 a.m. and run every 20 minutes by bus, which depart from the Roskopp Parking Lot next to the Anton Art Center at 125 Macomb Place.
Tour co-chair Melanie Sugierski said the annual fundraising event for the Mount Clemens Historical Commission draws visitors from all over Macomb County.
“The goal of the Historical Commission is to educate people about the history of the area,” said Sugierski. “People interested in history, architecture, as well as interior design, come on the tour year after year. It is a great way to spend time with family and friends exploring the true treasures of Mount Clemens.”
She said the funds from the event are the only financial support that comes to the Historical Commission. The group, which is currently seeking memberships, uses the funds to promote the city through historical education, events and historic preservation.
“We have held this tour annually since 1994, except in 2012, to showcase the beautiful houses and to promote the history of Mount Clemens,” Foglyano added.
Tickets are $12 and are available at the Mount Clemens Public Library, 150 Cass Ave. Tickets can be purchased for $15 on the day of the tour at its starting point.
For tickets and information about becoming a member of the Mount Clemens Historical Commission, call Theresa Jarratt at (586) 306-7284 or go to www. mountclemenshistory.org.
About the author
Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.
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