Tickets for the 17th annual Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour, set for Sunday, Oct. 6, will officially be available for purchase starting Sunday, Sept. 1.
The annual tour, which will occur rain or shine, will this year offer a walk back in time to visit early, historic Summerville homes. The route includes homes in Summerville’s “second-oldest” neighborhood, once called “New Town.”
Among the homes and cottages on the tour, eight were built before 1901. Guests will visit the interiors of each home, along with two cottages and one yard with notable gardens—every one with unique stories.
One of the highlights will be the chance to visit the original White Gables, the oldest home on the tour. It was likely the first home in the new section of Summerville.
Henry Peak built the three-story, brick and clapboard home in 1830. Peak was an officer in the South Carolina Canal and RR Co., which brought new rail lines into Summerville and cleared land for future growth.
Peak also laid out additional streets and sold lots around his home, essentially creating New Town. At the turn of the century, the property became renown as The White Gables Inn during the “Golden Age of Summerville Inns.” The estate also includes extensive gardens, an en-closed octagonal gazebo and three cottages, one of which will also be open during the tour.
Many of the other homes on the tour have also played unique roles in Summerville’s growth. Built in 1884, the home at 711 West Carolina Avenue is one of 25 homes used for verification when this section of Sum-merville was put on the National Historic Register.
In 1890, Edward Jenkins constructed the home at 114 South Walnut Street for his wife and seven children, and after he came to Summerville to build the Town Hall building. Another house on South Walnut Street was once the home of Mayor and Mrs. Hayden Doty.
Kay Phillips, executive director of Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center, shares the executive committee’s pleasure at the wonderful homes that will be part of this year’s tour.
“We are excited to have this beautiful neighborhood, just five blocks west of town hall host this year’s Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour,” she said. “The homes in this West Richardson Avenue neighborhood are filled with a rich history that will provide an excellent setting for guests on the tour. DCAC is so very grateful to the generous home owners and everyone else involved in making this event a success each year.”
DCAC serves abused and neglected children and their families for all of Dorchester and Berkeley counties, as well as a small part of Charleston County. These services include forensic interviews, forensic medical examinations, and trauma treatment, as well as many other child and family therapeutic and prevention programs.
Opportunities are still available for General Sponsorships, Exclusive Naming Options, and Silent Auction donations for the Gala. All provide businesses and individuals with the chance to support this major fundraising event and be recognized for their support.
General sponsorships are offered at varying donation levels and also provide tickets for both weekend events—the Pinwheel Gala on Friday night, Oct. 4, at Miler Country Club, and the Kitchen Tour on Sunday. For more information, contact Elizabeth Long, DCAC’s director of development, at email@example.com.
Proceeds from the event provide funds for Children In Crisis, Inc., a 501©(3) organization which operates DCAC. In addition to the many direct services to children and families, DCAC also works with both community organizations and now individuals to train them in recognizing, responding to, correctly reporting child abuse, and to teach them about the consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences.
The homes may be toured 1-5 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance—or $65 that day, if available. A $10 beer and wine ticket can also be added.
Event proceeds will benefit Children In Crisis, Inc., a 501©(3) organization.
Full details and ticket purchasing information is available at scrumptioussummerville.com. Tickets are only available online.