Swarthmore Opens Doors for House Tour

Refreshments and conversation sustained walkers at the house tour’s Riverview Road midway oasis.

Refreshments and conversation sustained walkers at the house tour’s Riverview Road midway oasis.

The Swarthmore Historical Society conducted its 2016 House Tour with high spirits under low skies that threatened, but withheld rain. The biennial tradition continued this past Sunday, which proved to be a comfortable day for a stroll in the borough and through some of its oldest and newest, smallest and largest homes.

About 400 house browsers joined the tour de Swarthmore. The tour is a major source of funding for the Historical Society, raising nearly $4,000 this year to go toward SHS’s community projects (like digitizing the Swarthmorean) and supporting the Swarthmore Centennial Foundation.

Organizers included leader Jennifer Vincent and committee members Karol Bock, Kristin Cardi, Susan Etheridge, Shaun Eyring, Linda Heffernan, Katie Lubecker, Julie McHugh, and Carol Savery. Researchers for the historic homes were Heather Bracegirdle, Bill Menke, Beth Ross, Mark Rossi and Elizabeth Vodges.

A squad of 55 volunteers made tourists feel more like guests than gawkers, with most doing afternoon shifts as docents, and three (Jack Cavanaugh, Dean Michelson, and Marty Spiegel) served refreshments at 400 Riverview Road. Others prepared materials, including a guidebook with drawings by Bill Menke.

Planning is under way for the 2018 House Tour. Would you like to be part of it? Contact any of the Historical Society members above, or e-mail swarthmorehistorical@gmail.com.

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