Do like visiting historic houses and talking to the owners about what they’ve done? Come to the Greene County Historical Society’s 36th Annual Tour of Homes in the Town of Durham on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a gorgeous tour featuring the Durham Valley and its hamlets.
Held in collaboration with the Oak Hill Preservation Association, it is a combination walking and driving tour. Sites in the historic hamlets of Oak Hill and Durham are within walking distance; those in the countryside are a lovely drive along the Susquehanna Turnpike through some of the town’s most scenic rural areas.
The 11 sites open for this year’s tour include an historic homestead with authentic old-time general store, Federal style brick home, barns and gardens; a circa 1794 wood frame farmhouse with fabulous valley views; mail order Arts and Crafts style home, 1840s neo-classical schoolhouse in the process of restoration; unique 1900s stone and wood home with gardens and much more. Our heartfelt thanks to these site owners who open their doors and share their restoration efforts and results with all of us for this special fundraiser event.
As a special bonus for tour patrons and others who visit the Town of Durham on June 2, the Durham Center Museum on Route 145 in East Durham will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free on this day. Among the many things on display there is one of the largest John Rogers statuary collections in the country. These late 19th century statues were considered “art for the common man” and graced many middle class home across America.
Tour headquarters will be at the former Lyman Tremain Opera House on Route 81 in Oak Hill, now in use as an eatery called the Yellow Deli. Parking is available at the side of the building. Picnic lunches will be for sale at headquarters for as long as they last. The tour will be held rain or shine.
Tickets are $25. Participants will receive a brochure about the sites along with a marked route map.
Proceeds from the sale of tour tickets support the Greene County Historical Society, including its Bronck House Museum and Vedder Research Library.
For more information, call David Dorpfeld at 518-817-8771; Terez Limer at 518-966-8131 or visit
This historic farmhouse on Route 20 in Durham is one of 11 sites open to the public for the Greene County Historical Society’s 36th Annual Tour of Homes on June 2.