Fourth Annual Fincastle Holiday Home Tour and Market Place sponsored by Historic Fincastle Inc. (HFI)
On December 14, 11 sites will be featured on the Historic Fincastle Home Tour. It will include eight homes, one church, the Botetourt Historical Society Museum and Godwin Cemetery. In addition to enjoying the holiday decorations at each site and architectural features of the homes, the tour will tell the story of the relationship between Nannie Godwin Figgat and Charlie Figgat and their connection to Fincastle. These stories were garnered from Nannie’s diary, her recipes, and their correspondence. Docents from the DAR will be at the sites to share their stories. Sites on the tour are in close proximity enabling participants to have plenty of time to see each one and also “shop” at the Market Place. The home tour runs from 9:30-3:00.
HFI has confirmed the tour sites for the 2013 Holiday Home Tour & Marketplace. Our theme this year is The Figgat Fincastle Story, describing the relationship between Nannie and Charlie Figgat and the homes on the tour as captured by Nannie G Figgat/Ann Godwin through her diary, recipes and correspondence to Charlie as researched by Gail McMillan and Jean C. Robbins.The home tour, will take you places that had significance to Fincastle’s Figgat and Godwin families in the 1800s.The theme this year is based on the Botetourt Historical Society’s latest publication, Dear Nannie…yours devotedly: Charlie.
Tour Chairman, Lyn Burton said that Karen Shriver has worked closely with historian Jean Robbins to align the sites to the story. They emphasized that the organization (HFI) has been very intentional in securing sites that are in close proximity and, of course, have a family history to the Nannie and Charlie story. “This fact will enable participants to spend a greater amount of time at the marketplace and tour,” said Burton. The sites in order of proximity include:
1. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church -221 Roanoke Street
2. Botetourt Co. Historical Society Museum -3 West Main Street
3. J.H.H. Figgat Home -20 East Main Street
4. Price Home -25 East Main Street
5. Thomas G. Godwin /Morris Home * -104 East Main Street
6. Solitude (James J. Godwin) -108 East Main Street
7. Godwin Cottage (Dr. Isaac R. Godwin) -21 Water Street
8. Glencoe Home (Thomas J. Godwin) -1088 Poor Farm Road
9. Aspen Hill (James M. Figgat) * -322 East Main Street
10. Critzer Home (James M. Figgat) -402 East Main Street
11. Godwin Cemetery -136 Church Street
Graves of three generations of the Godwin Family, including Nannie and Charlie, and adjoining the Godwin plot are the graves
of J. H. H. Figgat and wife, Eliza
* Sites 5 and 9 will not be open but stop out front to hear the Nannie and Charlie Figgat story.
Tickets for the tour may be purchased for $15 for non HFI members and $12 for members and may be purchased at the Fincastle Baptist Church on Route 220 just south of town. The day will also feature the Holiday Market Place with over 40 vendors selling their art, Christmas decorations and crafts also at the Fincastle Baptist Church. Admission is free and will be open from 10:00-4:00. There will be signs directing people to the church and there is ample parking.
–submitted by Lissy Merenda