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.