BATH – Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. will present Bath’s third annual House and Garden Tour Saturday, June 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The tour will feature 12 historic properties in the north end of Bath.

As in previous years, visitors will begin their tour at the Winter Street Center, at 880 Washington St., a former church that is the preservation group’s headquarters, and wind their away along Centre, High, Middle and Washington streets.

This year’s tour is unique in that the featured homes cover a greater area of Bath’s north end. It is also the first time that homes along High Street will be included.

“We made an effort this year to increase the area of the house tour,” said Peter Kahl, a Sagadahoc Preservation trustee. “Many of the homes along Washington Street have already been prominently showcased in earlier tours, so we wanted to highlight the fact that Bath has many beautiful homes.”

Because of the scope of this year’s tour, the Bath trolley will be available free to those who hold house-tour tickets. The trolley will travel along the house tour route, stopping at each home to drop off and pick up passengers.

As visitors travel to the different homes, they will be see various architectural styles. Two of the homes on the tour are examples of Gothic Revival, a 19th century “romantic” style that challenged the symmetry of other classical designs. Additional architectural styles include Greek Revival, Italianate, Georgian Revival and Federal.

One of the homes is the former carriage house for the Sedgwick Hotel, which burned in 1975. It is in the process of restoration. At this site, Les Fossel of Fossel Restoration Resources of Alna will be featured as the “House Doctor.” For those who want advice on any number of restoration questions that arise when owning an older home, Fossel and his assistants can help.

Visitors are being encouraged to bring questions, photos and even parts, such as door hardware. Fossel, a trustee of Maine Preservation as well as a “hands on” restoration carpenter, has given many lectures, demonstrations and private-house assessments over the years.

“We are most fortunate to have Les’ expertise as part of our tour this year. A short time talking with Les will give you courage and enthusiasm for what might be a discouraging restoration problem,” said Sagadahoc Preservation’s president, Judy Barrington.

All the money raised from the house tour will go toward the restoration of the Winter Street sanctuary as well as towards the maintenance of the Winter Street annex. The sanctuary will be opened for viewing the day of the tour.

Tickets, $15, may be purchased at Now You’re Cooking, Magnolia and Springer’s in Bath; at Georgetown Pottery in Brunswick; and at Chaudiere Cookware in Freeport.

Tickets will be sold at the Winter Street annex for $20 the day of the tour. Refreshments will be sold by Simply Elegant Catering.


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