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Ginny Patterson and Dan Roszkowski. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

The 9th Annual Historic Places Tour is set for Saturday, Dec. 3.

This year's event will focus on the significance of Cumberland University in the development of neighborhoods and feature the following sites:

  • The Mitchell House, 106 N. Castle Heights Ave.;

  • The McDearman Home, 113 Greenlawn Drive;

  • The Potter Home, 116 Pennsylvania Ave.;

  • The Patterson House, 304 Pennsylvania Ave.;

  • The Caldwell Home, 126 S. Greenwood;

  • The Ritchie Home, 232 E. Spring Street;

  • Catron Alumni House, 404 W. Spring;

  • as well as Cumberland's Memorial Hall and Baird Chapel.

Ginny Patterson purchased her home on Pennsylvania Avenue in September and reached out to Historic Lebanon Director Kim Parks.

"Clint and Whitney Swain owned this home prior to me. When I moved in, I started decorating for the holidays. I was so excited about this house because it had so much character," Patterson said.

"I talked with Kim on November 1st, I believe. I told her I had already started decorating and she said, 'Let's do it.'"

Decorating is a hobby that Patterson enjoys - however, she kicked it up a notch for the Historic Places Tour.

"We have our family tree with the kids' ornaments and the ornaments I've picked up traveling. I did add an antique tree in my office. I went ahead and wrapped presents," she said. "Typically, I wouldn't have wrapped presents this early."

The family tree in the living area is wrapped in a burlap ribbon and features antlers and pheasant feathers - an idea Patterson said she discovered at Cox's Jewelry and Gifts.

"I've been doing burlap in my tree for the last four years. I just wanted something different. I was at Cox's and saw the feathers and said, 'I need those for my tree,'" she explained.

Patterson said she is exciting to not only serve as a host site - but to learn more about her new home in the process.

"Kim knows the history of this house," she said before pointing out her new dining room table and some antique furniture passed down from her grandparents. "This house was fitting for me."

The tour is self-guided and participants may start at any of the sites, except for Memorial Hall. Tickets can be purchased the night of the tour for $10 at the Mitchell House or any tour sites.

Historic Lebanon will also hold a dinner and lecture before the tour in Baird Chapel at 5 p.m. Tickets for the dinner portion are $50. Dr. Mark Cheathem and Kim Parks will deliver a presentation on Cumberland's history. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

For more information or to download a tour map, visit

The Historic Places Tour is possible thanks to sponsors Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home, C. Tracey Parks Law Office, Main Street Property Management, THW Insurance, Thackston Family Foundation, Wilson Bank and Trust, The City of Lebanon, the Wilson County Commission and CedarStone Bank.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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