300 tour Genoa homes
The third annual Genoa Area House and Garden Tour hosted nearly 300 people Sunday, with participants from as far away as New Jersey and Hawaii attending.
Publicity chairperson Laurie Hickey said the six-hour tour yielded close to $3,000 to be used for repairs and upgrades to the Masonic Hall, located at 2228 Main St. next to the Genoa Bar in Genoa.
Fourteen homes were on the tour, made available by “generous homeowners,” who offered their residences and gardens for strangers to tour, Hickey said.
“These homeowners are wonderful for opening up their homes,” she said. “They don’t get any money, and naturally they spend lots of time cleaning and getting their gardens ready for the tour. We also have great volunteers and thank the Pink House Restaurant for providing lunch for all of them.”
Among the houses on the tour were, the Seamon-Juchtzer house on Genoa Lane. Built in the 1850s, this house was redone in the 1980s.
Although most of the houses on the tour were in the Genoa area, several foothill addresses, such at Walley’s Hot Springs, the Morrison-Allerman Ranch and the Hansen-Park house were also on the tour.
A 19th-century hotel on Sheridan Way, the Sheridan House and the Bing residence in the Gardnerville Ranchos rounded out the tour.
Only three of the homes were modern – the Bings, the Showshoe Thompson Lodge and the Schmidts in Genoa. All others were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Hickey said aside from the Masonic lodge refurbishment, tour proceeds will be used to defer some of the costs of the first Renaissance Fair coming to Genoa July 26-27.