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Some homes on April 21 historical society tour are older than 100 years

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This year's Licking County Historical Society Tour of Homes will feature several houses that are, well, historical.

"We're spanning 100 years of homes," said Emily Larson, historical society curator and office manager.

She said it's been four years since the society's previous tour, which centered on George Ball-designed homes.

Larson said one George Ball home will be on this tour, but there are many other designers showcased, as well.

"We have a lot more variety this year," she said.

The event begins at 2 p.m. today, Sunday, April 21, at the Buckingham Meeting House on North Sixth Street in Newark with a short lecture by Whit Tussing, associate professor in the drafting and design department of Central Ohio Technical College.

A tour of six area homes will follow. Two are in the historic Hudson Avenue district.

According to a historical society news release, homes on the tour include the Swisher Mansion, 443 Hudson Ave., built in 1905 by cigar manufacturer, Harry Swisher.

A 1905 arts and crafts cottage, owned by Sherry Cass, is at 524 Hudson Ave.

The Colonel Kibler house at 568 Mount Vernon Road, owned by Anne Albyn, was built during the Civil War and has early 20th century updates. Colonel Charles Kibler was a Civil War veteran, prominent attorney and former Newark mayor.

A 1935 Dutch colonial home at 190 N. 11th St., owned by Brandon Clayton, will be next on the tour.

On the west side of town, the house at 916 West Village Drive, once part of a country estate, is a George Ball home designed for prominent Newark attorney Charles W. Montgomery in 1926. The home, known as Nonsuch, is now owned by Montgomery's grandson, John Montgomery.

Baker Hall at 950 Sharon Valley Road, once the home of late Newark architect Joseph Baker, rounds out the tour. It is now home to the Newark Earthworks Center of the Ohio State University-Newark campus.

Larson said one of the reasons the home tours are relatively infrequent is homeowners are often reluctant to open their doors to the public.

She said she appreciates those willing to participate in the tour.

"We're very grateful to all of them," she said.

The tour costs $15 for historical society members and $20 for others. Contact 740-345-4898 or visit lchsohio.org for more information.

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