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Tour of Homes to include Hammond Hill Elementary

Posted: December 4, 2012 - 4:12pm
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The home of Walker Posey, Hammond Ferry's neighborhood, 445 Railroad Ave.
The home of Walker Posey, Hammond Ferry's neighborhood, 445 Railroad Ave.

Guests on this year’s North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes will step back in time, courtesy of a new stop this year: Hammond Hill Elementary School.

The school, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

“We decided this would be a great year to feature our school,” said Principal Janet Vaughn.

Pupils and faculty members have been working to create a passage through time to the school’s beginning in 1952.

A museum will be set up in the library, featuring memorabilia from Hammond Hill in earlier days.

Slide shows featuring different decades will be presented in each of the 10 classrooms on the first-grade hall.

Guests will be invited to walk outside to the circle, where antique 1950s cars will be parked in the circle as they would have been in school’s early days.

“We’re kind of trying to take them back to the 1950s,” Vaughn said.

The renovated courtyard is the next stop on the tour. It will showcase bricks purchased by alumni.

In the cafeteria, current pupils will be performing popular ’50s dances such as the jitterbug, while a mock classroom with old desks on the stage should bring back yet more memories.

“My teachers will be tour guides and they will be dressed like the 1950s. Long skirts, pantyhose, closed-toed shoes,” Vaughn said.

She hopes more alumni will bring memorabilia to share for the occasion and asks that anyone with any memorabilia such as football or cheerleading uniforms contact her at the school.

The Tour of Homes will also feature six private homes throughout North Augusta, from Hammond’s Ferry and River Oak on the banks of the Savannah River to Andrews Branch subdivision, off of Walnut Lane near Interstate 20’s Exit 5.

The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta will again provide a rest stop and refreshments, and will display works by local artists. Guests can shop for unique gifts in the center’s gift shop.

Guests are asked not to wear high heels on the tour, because they can damage wood floors. Guests are also asked to leave cell phones and cameras in purses or in cars. Taking pictures inside the homes is not allowed.

Everyone, including children-in-arms, will need to have a ticket.

Tickets for the tour are $20 and are available at Jim Bush Flower Shop, Communigraphics and Parks Pharmacy. Tickets may also be purchased for $25 at each residence on the day of the tour.

A brunch and fashion show will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the American Legion Jesse C. Lynch Memorial Post 71. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased by today. Fashions will be provided by White House Black Market.

All proceeds are given back to the community through scholarships, the North Augusta PAL Boxing Club, North Augusta School Wish List and other North Augusta charities.


North Augusta Tour of Homes

WHEN: Candlelight Tour 5:30-9:30 p.m. Friday; daylight tour 11 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Six private homes, the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta and Hammond Hill Elementary School

COST: $20 in advance; $25 day of tour

Brunch and Fashion Show

WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: American Legion Jesse C. Lynch Memorial Post 71, 333 East Spring Grove Ave.

COST: $10 in advance

MORE INFORMATION: Call (803) 279-4844, (803) 279-6036 or (803)


Sites on the North Augusta Christmas Tour of Homes:

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The houses in Hammond are

The houses in Hammond are that very historical and good for kids that they have been toured in order to foresee the almost unforgotten past. The visits will reminds kids what life they have now compared then. It is a value that being part of the community, they can explore, learn and introduce the history their ancestors lived with once.

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Paul Ricca

Hopefully this school will be

Hopefully this school will be able to provide the best educational environment here to the students. They should also consider upgrading the library by installing new library shelving and get new books.

Paul Ricca

They should make effort to

They should make effort to make the event colorful for the guests. They have to deck up the interiors as well as the exterior parts of the buildings. They should also use top quality lighting products which they could find at lighting stores in Jacksonville FL.

Robert Harris

Such tours are truly unique

Such tours are truly unique and one could certainly learn a lot through such tours. However, now people like to experiment with home design. If you have bought an old house then you should immediately contact a good home remodeling contractor to make necessary changes.

Robert Harris

Getting the opportunity to be

Getting the opportunity to be a part of such tours is certainly a matter of pride. These constructions should be well maintained so that even the future generations could have a glimpse at these. Materials like nickel electrodes which are used for construction or other needs should be bought from leading stores only.

Robert Harris

Such exceptional tours can

Such exceptional tours can only give you a glimpse of the past architectures. However, now modern architecture have changed a lot and it has become dynamic in nature. For your home you can certainly do some experimentation. For example, you can deck up your kid's room with beautiful animal wall stickers.


The school celebrations are

The school celebrations are so wonderfully went. And i really admire it's infrastructure. The idea of teachers dressing in long skirts is just exceptional. I have read an article regarding this school from best essay sites. It's so impressive when compared to the other.

Paul Ricca

For all the visitors this

For all the visitors this trip will be memorable because of this school. However, the school is now old, it is time for the authorities to do some renovation work to make this place safer for children. Most construction materials these days could be purchased online, if they need steel pipes from KJ Tubing, they could buy these online.

Andrew Cowan

More such tours should be

More such tours should be conducted especially for young children, they need to learn about the history of old architecture. However, sometimes people buy old homes due to having financial constraints, so before moving into such houses one should hire a Maryland termite removal company.

Andrew Cowan

Those who are planning on

Those who are planning on being architect some day should attend this tour. It would help them learn many details about architecture. However, they can also find such information online, for example, if they need building information modeling Miami area then they can find that online too.