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Historic and modern buildings and houses on Genoa tour

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Tickets for the fourth annual Genoa Area House and Garden Tour, featuring historic and contemporary homes for viewing, are now on sale. The event is set for Sunday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Included on the tour are two museums, two other historic Genoa buildings, nine historic and modern houses and gardens, the Farmer’s Bank of Carson Valley and Dangberg Lane and Livestock Co.’s office building in downtown Minden.

“At least three of the historic homes on this year’s tour are reported to have resident ghosts, so be on the lookout,” said organizer Laurie Hickey. “This is a marvelous chance to tour some of the area’s historic and beautifully decorated homes and gardens, so don’t miss this opportunity.”

The Swan House, in Genoa on Genoa Street, has a section thought to date from the 1850s. This cottage has had several additions over the years and many renovations. The Brennans love antiques and history and the house reflects that, plus K.C. Brennan collects vintage clothing, and she will be dressed for your visit.

The Wild Rose Inn, in Genoa on Main Street, is a new Queen Anne-style Victorian, furnished with antiques. The main floor has a large parlor and dining room for guest’s use. Each of the five guest rooms and baths feature a different decor. The large third floor suite has a dining area, wet bar, a day bed in the adjoining area and a twin bed in a curtained alcove. The inn may be viewed after noon.

Genoa Courthouse Museum, also on Main Street in Genoa, was built in 1865 and became a school in 1916 when the county seat was moved to Minden. Today, the Carson Valley Historical Society operates a fine museum with many displays that reflect the early history and heritage of Carson Valley.

Mormon Station State Park, Main Street in Genoa, is a replica of the original fort and trading post built by John Reese and party in 1851. The trading post was a very successful venture supplying goods to emigrants’ wagon trains heading for California and later to the Comstock-bound miners. The museum features early settlement exhibits and displays.

Genoa Community Church in Genoa on Nixon Street is a small country church built after the fire of 1910 and is popular today for weddings. The porch and bell tower were added in 1978. The church will be open for viewing after 1 p.m.

Genoa Town Hall, Main Street, Genoa, was built in the 1880s by the Raycraft brothers and sold to the town in 1946. The old maple floors have been replaced with oak, but the original wainscoating remains. The front porch was added in the 1970s. The hall is used for community functions and events.

Williams House is at the end of Candy Dance Lane on the south end of Genoa. This charming Victorian reproduction is filled with antiques. The kitchen has a vintage wood stove and a 1920s gas range, plus a large tin collection. The dining room has a beautiful Oriental rug, Victorian sideboard and a lovely bay window. There is some walking required to visit this house, but the view is worth $1 million – or at least the price of your ticket.

Dake House, at the south end of Genoa on Main Street, is a gothic Victorian built in the 1970s by C.W. Dake. This home has had a colorful past. The house has served as the office for the justice of the peace and the registrar of voters. It shared the property with an undertaking parlor and fox farm. Today, operated as the Dake Emporium, it’s an antique collective.

Laura Springs Ranch, an 1880s ranch house at 1456 Foothill Road, south of Genoa, has been in the Morrison/Allerman family for five generations. Almost totally restored and always changing, the latest addition is a Victorian Eastlake bedroom set in the master bedroom acquired locally. Food and drinks will be available to purchase and enjoy in the yard.

Cardinal House, 1614 Mono Avenue in Minden, is a 1909 craftsman-styled house that has had several additions, but has retained its character. The sunroom addition is filled with family treasures both old and new. The large living and dining room has its original woodwork, new wood floors, lovely window treatments and grandma’s dining room table. The seligh bed in the master bedroom is the bed Mrs. Fresendorf’s father was born in. The is one of the houses that is reputed to have a resident ghost.

The cute 1909 Bassman House cottage at 1604 Mono Avenue in Minden has new wood floors, unique window treatments and a great new bath. Antiques, art, baskets and Western items decorate many of the rooms. The garden has a brand new arbor with grapevines – a great place to sit during the summer and relax.

The Farmer’s Bank of Carson Valley, housing the Law Offices of Brook and Shaw and Artistic Nature, is at 1597 Esmeralda Avenue in Minden. Designed by F.J. DeLongchamps, an early Nevada architect, and built in 1918 as the second home of the Farmer’s Bank and Dangberg Land and Livestock Co. offices, the building was recently renovated and elegantly decorated by the law firm of Brook and Shaw. Artistic Nature Art Gallery is located in the magnificent marble bank section, with the original bank vault.

The home at Kerry Lane Llama Farm, 1032 Kerry Lane, Gardnerville Ranchos, features a large master suite with wood stove, closet dressing area and bath upstairs. The main living area consists of a mudroom, laundry, galley kitchen, living and dining room plus tow large bedrooms and baths. After touring the house, visit the barn and meet some of the 30 llamas and other animals that make this 5-acre farm home.

The Corely Ranch at 859 Highway 305, a few miles south of Gardnerville, is a large craftsman-style ranch house built in 1911. Recently purchased and redecorated, the downstairs features a large living and dining room, modern kitchen plus two baths, master bedroom, den, utility room and walk-in freezer. The upstairs has three unusually large bedrooms and closets plus a nursery that is home to a teddy bear collection, large bath and sunporch. The entire house is decorated with an upscale western look and antiques. The Cook Shack, built in 1897, is open for touring. The ranch is available for special events, weddings, reunions, etc.

Tickets are $10 and supply is limited. They may be purchased in advance at the Genoa Courthouse Museum, Antiques Plus and Laura Springs Antiques in the Genoa area; at the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in Gardnerville; at Winans Furniture in Minden; at Patricia’s Antiques in the Round Hill Shopping Center at South Lake Tahoe; at heart and Home Framing Gallery, Marlo’s Ltd. and Medicap Pharmacy in Carson City; at the Mark Twain Book Store in Virginia City; and the Victorian Square Antique Emporium in Sparks.

Tickets will be sold at the Genoa Courthouse Museum and the Cardinal house in Minden on the day of the tour.

Tickets may be ordered in advance by sending a check or money order, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, to Box 17, Genoa 89411.

Proceeds from this tour will benefit the Carson Advocates for Cancer Victims, an all-volunteer agency that helps defray the cost of prescription medication and treatment for cancer victims in Carson, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties, and the Genoa Renaissance Faire to be held in Genoa on July 24 and 25.

For more information and tickets, call 782-2893 or 782-4951.