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John Riordan House opens for Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour

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Jerome, Arizona is a fascinating mining town that you can visit any time of the year. But May is a special time.

The longest running home tour in Arizona boasts never before seen Historic and Significant homes in this Guided Tour through the mile high town’s back streets. The event takes place May 17th and 18th, 2014.

The Jerome Chamber of Commerce has begun planning the most talked about event of the year, The Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour, now in its 49th year. Prepare for a wild ride on this guided tour as large vans drive visitors to each location. Docents explain the history and details of the homes. Haven United Methodist Church will once again open its historic doors for a refreshment and bathroom break at the halfway point in the tour. This lovely church boasts new custom doors created by Jerome’s Western Heritage Furniture.

Tickets will be sold online for the first time. Also, instead of selling tickets at the old firehouse on Main Street, guests can have the comfort and the shelter of Spook Hall and enjoy entertainment and seats while waiting for the shuttle to begin this wonderful tour. Watch for more details in the weeks to come as the lineup of homes unfolds. Two confirmed gems are The John Riordan House, high up on Magnolia on Company Hill and 1916 Porter home at 631 Clark Street. The Riordan Home has been totally renovated by a Phoenix contractor who has brought this home to a new level of charm and perfection, right down to the period furniture, kitchen and delightful outdoor spaces. The home was buried in dirt for decades after a culvert ruptured behind the home and delivered tons of dirt into the back rooms.

Jerome’s current mayor will open her home to the public as will her next door neighbors who are famous for their constant pink flamingos at the top of the driveway, adorned in a costume for each season or holiday. Originally called The Vicker’s House, the owners refer to it as a Miners Shack and are proud to share the fact that the best moonshine in Jerome was made at this home during prohibition. Enchanting out door spaces set the scene for huge views of The Verde Valley. A new build in town is on tour this year. Across from The Old Jerome High School, the Doss home on 89A gives a great version of a contemporary home in an historic town. On School Street, The Seiver home has new owners who will open the doors for the first time to show the collection of fine antiques and interesting spaces.

Times: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. last ticket sales

Phone: 928.634-2900

Cost: $20 adults/$10 Children/Not handicapped accessible

For more information, call The Jerome Chamber at 928.634.2900. Tickets can be purchased online at http://jeromehometour.eventbrite.com

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