The Bexley Women's Club has announced the locations for its House & Garden Tour, and many are historic sites.

The Bexley Women's Club has announced the locations for its House & Garden Tour, and many are historic sites.

The tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22. The event entrance is at Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave.

The club's inaugural event is designed to celebrate the city's centennial "with feature homes spanning more than a century," member Ann Russell said in a press release. The tour includes a home built in the 1800s and a French-style mansion completed in 2006, she said.

The tour begins a new fundraising effort for the club, which provides college scholarships for high school students in Bexley and college students nationwide. The club has provided the scholarships for more than 70 years.

The tour includes:


46 N. Parkview Ave. The house, known as Camp Bushnell or the old Dougherty Mansion, is believed to be the oldest home in Bexley.

460 S. Drexel Ave. One of the first farmhouses in the Bexley area, it dates to the late 1800s.

400 S. Parkview Ave. The newest home on the tour, completed in 2006, is a French-style mansion.

399 S. Parkview Ave. The house was built in 1918.

Homes and gardens

107 N. Columbia Ave. The home is a 1929 English manor style house. The gardens include roses, beds for cut flowers and a fountain with the sculpture of a young girl created by local artist Joan Wobst.

260 N. Columbia Ave. The house features locally mined stone and hand-carved Black Forest wood. The garden includes boxwood hedges, blueberry and raspberry patches and cutting gardens.

17 Meadow Park. The home was built in 1961 and includes the appliances from the time. The home and gardens are filled with original works by the owner, an artist and sculptor.


358 N. Parkview Ave., the Heritage Garden at the Governor's Residence. Former first lady Hope Taft is planning to participate in several of the tours. She spearheaded the creation of the garden in 2001. The garden includes: a cranberry bog, sand dune, formal water garden, vegetable garden, woodland wildflower garden and an English-style border garden filled with prairie plants.

445 N. Parkview Ave. The gardens feature 40- to 50-year-old cutleaf Japanese maples, knot gardens, weeping hemlocks and a collection of more than 450 roses.

Sessions Village, a private community, has two gardens on tour: 15 Sessions Drive and 21 Sessions Drive. The community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places under Columbus, Ohio.

Tickets for the tour are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour. They are available online at the Bexley Women's Club Web site, Tickets also are available at local vendors, including Connell's Flowers, First Bexley Bank, Mozart's and Bexley Recreation Department in Jeffrey Mansion, 165 N. Parkview Ave.

Russell said volunteers are needed to help with various aspects of the tour, from ticket sales to cleanup after the event. Those interested in helping can e-mail