Tour donations help keep Monteith House running

One more time.

The 2021 Summer Homes Tour is set for July 31, and because of lingering Covid-19 precautions we will once again be staying outside for an exterior view of some Albany’s beautiful homes, their porches and yards.

And, like the previous summer, the tour will be free. But don’t let that stop you from opening your pocketbooks to lend a hand. In past years, proceeds from ticket sales went to upkeep and administration of the Monteith House Museum, Albany’s first frame house built in 1849. Since the pandemic started, this will be the third tour offered free of charge. In order to give the Monteith House a boost, please consider giving a donation. Normally the price of a ticket is $15, but any amount will be greatly appreciated.

The Monteith House. Photo by Oliver J. Anderson

A donation button will be available on the AVA website as the tour approaches, but donations can be made at the Albany Visitors Association office, 110 3rd Ave. SE, or the day of the tour at the ticket table in front of the AVA. 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 at

The tour will consist of a self-guided event that will feature a walk-by of 6 to 8 homes and historic buildings with the help of a map, the publication Seems Like Old Times and/or the use of the Albany Explorer app, which is sponsored by Hospitality Vision and 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 to the AVA at the end of the day (either to the volunteers or into the mail slot) and be entered in a drawing for prizes.

Here’s how it works. The tour is still scheduled for Saturday, July 31, 2021, 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 on the day of the tour outside the front door of the AVA along with a copy of Seems Like Old Times, which provides self-guided tours, details about the homes and some fun and interesting information about Albany and its historic districts.

For the tech savvy, the Albany Explorer app is available to download free at Google Play for Android and iStore for Apple. 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 create short video tours of the inside of their homes for people to enjoy. They will be available the day of the tour on

More details about what will be available on the tour will be announced as the tour date approaches. Check the website for updates.

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