History-laden Dryden homes to be showcased

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Tompkins Weekly Staff

Some of Dryden’s most notable homes will be on display this weekend, when Historic Ithaca’s 8th annual “That Old House Tour” showcases properties in the village.

The walking and driving tour will take place from noon 4 p.m. Saturday, June 17; it will offer tour-goers the chance to see the interior of homes in styles that range from Greek Revival to Italianate. A property associated with the Dwight family of politicians will be on the tour, as well as properties associated with several of Dryden’s early residents. Guided tours of the Southworth Homestead will also be offered by volunteers of the Dryden Town Historical Society, and the Dryden United Methodist Church and Southworth Library will also be open during the tour.

“Participants will have a wonderful experience exploring this historic village while seeing selected examples of its residential, civic, and religious architecture,” said Sara Johnson, interim executive director for Historic Ithaca, adding that Gina Prentiss from the Dryden Town Historical Society assisted Historic Ithaca in preparing this tour.

Tickets for the self-guided walk/drive can be purchased at www.historicithaca.org, in person at 212 Center St. in Ithaca, or by calling (607) 277-3450, or on the day of the tour. General admission is $15; $12 for Friends of Historic Ithaca, seniors and students; $10 per person for groups of 4 or more. Children under 12 are free.

Registration and tour map pick-up will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 17 at the Southworth Homestead at 14 North St. in Dryden.

Prior to the start of the tour, at 10 a.m., History Center Executive Director Rod Howe will offer a tour of the historic Verne Morton photographs in the Dryden Mutual Insurance Company office at 12 Ellis Drive; Bob Baxter, former chief executive officer, will assist in the presentation. A brief talk by Howe will take place at 11 a.m. This talk is free, but interested individuals are requested to RSVP at community@thehistorycenter.net.

Proceeds benefit the programs and services of Historic Ithaca, including its job training program, workshop series, and library.

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