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Five historic homes on Mother’s Day tour

Five historic homes, each representing a different style and built between 1890 and 1928, will be open to the public on Sunday, May 13, during the 21st annual Old Escondido Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour. The homes will be open to tour from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The oldest home, a two-story Queen Anne farmhouse was built by Luther Culp, an early Escondido Marshal. On the other end of the spectrum, in more ways than one, is the newest house, the scene of a murder in 1950: Dr. Black, a prominent Escondido dentist, was making a sandwich in the kitchen when his wife stabbed him. The three other homes have unique histories, as well, and all but one of the houses have never been open for a Mother’s Day tour before.
This year, home-baked cookies and other bakery items will be offered along with a choice of refreshing beverages in a lovely hacienda-style patio, featuring linens and floral arrangements to make the day especially memorable.
A full-color keepsake program with photographs and descriptions of the homes is also included.
Tickets for the Home Tour can be purchased in advance for only $25 each online at www.oldescondido.org or at Rosemary-Duff Florist, 101 W. 2nd (at Broadway); Major Market, 1855 S. Centre City Parkway; or the Escondido History Center on the north side of Grape Day Park. Any child under the age of 12 can attend at no charge with a paying adult. On the day of the tour only, tickets will be available for $30 each at 537 S. Juniper St.
Proceeds from the annual Historic Home Tour help to further the mission of the Old Escondido Historic District; to preserve, protect, and promote Escondido’s oldest neighborhood. For more information, call 760-291-7206.

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