Summer Historic Home Tour

Photo of a historic home porch looking out to antique trolley and American flag during the Albany Sumer Historic Home Tour

The 2020 Summer Historic Home Tour will look a lot different this year, thanks to restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To start with: no interiors. But those interested in our beautiful homes and historic buildings can still take a free self-guided exterior tour (with a virtual peek inside a few of them!) and take part in a contest for prizes, including free tickets to the 2020 Christmas Parlour Tour.

The details

This year, rather than allow visitors physically inside five or six homes, the tour will consist of a self-guided event that will feature a walk-by of 10 to 12 homes with the help of a map, the publication Seems Like Old Times and/or the use of the app Explore Albany, which is sponsored by the Albany Visitors Association.

In addition, while taking the tour visitors can be on the lookout for architectural details that will be included in a scavenger hunt. Find the required items, such as beautiful woodwork detail or an interesting door, and mark it on the ballot. Return the completed ballot at the end of the day and be entered in a drawing for prizes, including tickets to the Christmas Parlour Tour on Sunday, Dec. 13. Five pairs of tickets will be given away.

The date and hours

Photo of historic home.Here’s how it will work. The tour is still scheduled for Saturday, July 25, 2020 and will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can download a map and scavenger hunt ballot from the AVA website (coming soon), or pick them up at outside the front door of the AVA along with a copy of Seems Like Old Times, which provides guided tours, details about the homes and some fun and interesting information about Albany and its historic districts.

*Image of Ralston House by Stephanie Low.

For those of you who are tech savvy, download the Albany Explorer app at Apple Store for iPhone or iPad or Google Play for Android. It includes maps to three of Albany’s historic districts, where to dine, spend the night and other details about Albany and the surrounding area. And since visitors won’t be allowed inside the houses, a few homeowners have graciously agreed to let us to create short video tours of the inside of their homes for people to enjoy. They will be available the day of the tour on this page,

If all of that exploring works up an appetite, take the time to enjoy a take-out lunch from one of the many fine restaurants Albany has to offer. Click here for dining details, inside or curbside.

The tour and scavenger hunt contest are all free of charge. Normally, tour tickets cost $15 each, with the money going to the restoration and upkeep of the Monteith House. Donations, though not required, will be greatly appreciated since Monteith House income has been seriously diminished due to the Covid shutdown. Checks can be made payable to the “Monteith Historical Society” and mailed to the AVA, PO Box 965, Albany, Oregon 97321, or  other donation arrangements can be made by emailing us.

Watch a video of last year’s tour

Before we add the interior virtual tours, enjoy this slide show from 2019. Thanks to Camron Settlemier for taking all of the photos in the video.

Help preserve the tour for the future

If anyone wishes to make a donation to the Monteith House, send us an email and arrangements can be made, but it is not required.

While this won’t be a traditional homes tour, we hope all who have enjoyed the event in the past will come and spend a lovely and safe afternoon with us in Albany’s beautiful neighborhoods.

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