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Holiday tour of homes features five favorites

Halls have been decked with boughs of holly and weary decorators are ready to welcome visitors Saturday for the 2016 Holiday Tour of Homes. It is sponsored by the Barnesville Women’s League. The Tour of Homes is scheduled Dec. 3 and the doors of five grand locations will be open from 3-7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. Tickets may also be purchased prior to the event from DB’s Pizzeria, Goggans Florist, the Chamber of Commerce or any Women’s League member. All proceeds from the tour will benefit local charities. Detailed addresses with a map will be available on the day of the tour and all tour-goers are invited to stop by the Women’s Clubhouse with their ticket stub to enter a drawing and enjoy light refreshments. Each site on the tour features splendid decor wrapped in an abundance of history and holiday cheer. Rumble Seat Inn ‘“ 303 Forsyth Street Before Jennifer (Hobbs) Dawn purchased the home in 2009 and converted it into the Rumble Seat Inn bed and breakfast, the home had housed a history of physicians. Dr. J. H. Connally built the home in 1893 after purchasing a city lot from Annie T. Collier. Dr. Connally was born on November 26, 1836 in Monroe County. He was a 1857 graduate of the Charleston Medical School and married Benie Freeman the same year. Dr. Connally served in the 44th Georgia during the Civil War and died in his home on March 13, 1897. Dr. Smith Rumble became the home’s new owner in 1903 after placing the highest bid on Dr. J.H. Connally’s estate at an auction. Dr. Rumble was born on March 12, 1859. He graduated from the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1887 and married Anna Eliza Darden. Dr. Rumble died on Aug. 20, 1913 and his wife followed years later on Dec. 4, 1961. Their daughter Louise was the last member of the Rumble family to live in the home where she lived until her death in 1983. Jennifer Dawn’s Rumble Seat Inn is historically preserved in an abundance of history and beauty. The home now offers traveling guests a home away from home and also accommodates bridal parties, baby showers, rehearsal dinners, weddings and corporate luncheons and dinner meetings. The home was previously featured on the tour nine years ago when it was lovingly restored and reopened, highlighting original period decor. This Saturday, original period decor will be accompanied by antique Christmas decorations including a life size Santa and collections of nutcrackers that will line the halls and stairwells of the bed and breakfast along-side historic photos, portraits, dishes, preserved clothing, Dr. Rumble’s medical license and autographs and letters from some of Dawn’s more famous catering clientele. Christopher J. Deraney, 147 Stafford The 1906 cottage-style home on Stafford Avenue was purchased by longtime Barnesville merchants Joe and Mable Deraney after the birth of their second son in 1956. It is steeped in family heritage and tradition that resonate – especially during Christmas. Joseph and Mable Deraney operated Deraney’s Department Store on Main Street from 1955 until their retirement in 1996. The home is noted for holding Catholic Mass until 1957 when the congregation became too large and was moved to the women’s clubhouse and eventually to St. Peter the Rock Parish. For three years prior to her home’s debut on the 2010 Tour of Homes, Mable Deraney’s grandson Christopher would come home to help her decorate in hopes she would agree to put his handiwork and the restored house on the tour. When she finally agreed to open up her home for the tour in 2010, Christopher’s original artwork was one of the home’s features. Now, six years later, Christopher’s artwork has taken on a new meaning in order to honor his family’s name. Christopher has worked hard to keep his family’s Christmas tradition alive with a monumental display of decorations that not only highlight the grandeur of the home but are also sprinkled with remnants of his family’s history. As a way to highlight the home’s historical elegance, Christopher has also created a brochure that will be available at the home for his guests during the 2016 Tour of Homes. Emmett Coleman Home ‘“ 172 Stafford Before Gordon State College purchased the Emmett L. Coleman, Jr. home in 2005 from his estate, it had belonged to the Coleman family since it was built in 1942. Emmett L. Coleman, a native of Cochran, Georgia, built this home after purchasing a lot from the Barnesville Planing Mill Company in 1942. Coleman partnered with D.L. Anderson in the drug store and pharmacy business for about 25 years. He was a partner with the Cotter Coleman Insurance Company and served twice as Mayor of Barnesville. Under his administration, Thomaston Street was paved along with the highway and streets in town. The filtration plant of the water works system was also installed under his efforts. Coleman’s heirs sold his insurance business to John R. Cook after his death. Emmett Coleman, Jr. became the owner of the home after the death of his father. He added an apartment to the home in 1954 and purchased the John R. Cook Insurance Company in 1961. This insurance company was purchased from the estate of Emmett L. Coleman, Sr. and he remained in the insurance business until his retirement on December 31, 1991. Before Emmett Coleman, Jr. sold the home in 2005, the home welcomed family members each year for Christmas and was steeped in holiday tradition. Gordon alumni board member Kathryn Claxton was among those who looked forward to Christmas Eve’s at her uncle’s house every year. ’I spent many Christmas Eves at Uncle Emmett’s house opening gifts and sharing good memories with my family,’ said Claxton. ’Christmas Eves always brought the family close together, and it was like a second Christmas. I am very honored to have the opportunity to give back and share some of that Christmas joy by having the house on the tour this year.’ Historical memorabilia fills the walls of the home and will be accompanied by displays of Christmas decoration that highlight Gordon State College on Saturday’s tour. The live garland that adorns the home is made from pine found around campus, and Christmas tree ornaments feature Gordon Alumni. Sodexo will provide refreshments at the home during the tour and Gordon alumni are encouraged to visit the home to find out if they made the trimmings. Steven W. & Monta Rae Purser ‘“ 603 Community House Road Steven and Monta Rae Purser built their home on the land Monta Rae had grown up on in 1988. Monta Rae’s father had owned an equestrian farm and the Pursers purchased a five acre lot from his farm down the road from where Monta Rae had spent most of her childhood. The twostory country victorian style home was built to match the area and features a wrap around porch and a balcony overlooking the front of the home. The Purser Home had been featured on the tour a couple years after it was built and before the Purser’s three sons had all been born. Much has changed since the boys moved out to begin their own lives, but the home is still filled with memories and continuing traditions. ’Though a lot has changed, the home is still filled with a lot of love and laughter,’ said Monta Rae. ‘The home hosts many get-togethers and provides entertainment for friends, family and Ramah Primitive’s youth group.’ Monta Rae’s passion from her work as an artist, art teacher and missionary is reflected in art work and souvenirs decorating the home. The home will not only display elegant country victorian style Christmas decorations Saturday, but will also display souvenirs from Ukraine, collections from the Civil War and Georgia State Parks, collections of natural historical artifacts like arrowheads and Monta Rae’s collection of artwork with her paintings of churches from around the world. Ramah Primitive Baptist Church ‘“ 1274 Ramah Church Road The church is beautifully situated among country roads in the Redbone community and welcomes visitors and congregation members every week for events and worship. In the late 1830s, Horace Pippin ran across a spring at the bottom of a hill while looking for a lost cow. He and others of the community thought this would be a good place to build their Baptist Church. Ramah Primitive Baptist Church was organized in 1838 and three acres of land was purchased for $5 from William Elvers in 1875. The first church was a small log church near a spring that was used for baptisms for many years. Land was also reserved for a cemetery. The church was originally located in Monroe, but this area became part of Lamar County in 1921. After a couple of the church buildings were destroyed by fire, the old church was torn away in 1925 to build the present church. Services were held in the Ramah School while the new church was being built until Elder J. Walter Hendrick gave a sermon at the new church’s dedication on August 9, 1925. Much of the materials from the old church were used to build the new church and can still be identified in the structure. The sanctuary features an original bead-board ceiling design by Grady Dumas. Improvements to different aspects of the church have been continuously made throughout the years. In 1948, the floors and woodwork of the church were sanded and stained and steps were added to the back of the church. Three new Sunday School rooms were added in 1952 along with a baptismal pool. A new pastor’s house was dedicated on March 19, 1961 when Edna Dumas Barwick donated land adjoining the church. Ground was broken for a new fellowship hall on June 5, 1982. A prevision with a concrete foundation, tables, benches and ceiling fans was completed in 1987. A steeple was added to the church in 1989 and new Bible study rooms, a nursery and restrooms were added in 1990. The new addition was dedicated on August 12, 1990. In May 1993, a new front porch was added along with a gazebo overlooking the spring. Outdoor carpeting was added to the porch in 1996. Saturday the church will be adorned with garland and Christmas trees and will welcome all who wish to visit the church. Decorations will be arranged by Pastor Kurt Bacon’s wife Annette and the Ladies Auxiliary. ’It’s a real honor to have our small country church be a part of the tour,’ said Ladies Auxiliary President Angela Farr. ’I have gone on the tour with my sister-in-law and daughter for years and we have always enjoyed it. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be on the other side of the tour and share our church’s history and Christmas tradition with the public.’

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